“Democracy is coming to the USA, It’s coming through a crack in the wall”

Art of Quotation

“Democracy is coming to the USA,
It’s coming through a crack in the wall”

— Leonard Cohen, song quotes, song lyrics from “Democracy”


Regarding the song Democracy

A quarter century ago, Cohen speaks to our time with astonishing prescience — for any great artist is at bottom a seer in dialogue with eternal human problems — and tells Zollo:

“I think the irony of America is transcendent in the song. It’s not an ironic song. It’s a song of deep intimacy and affirmation of the experiment of democracy in this country. That this is really where the experiment is unfolding. This is really where the races confront one another, where the classes, where the genders, where even the sexual orientations confront one another. This is the real laboratory of democracy. So I wanted to have that feeling in the song, too.”

Source: Brain Pickings continued here


Democracy – Leonard Cohen

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