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Leonard Cohen Recites God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot

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Published on Feb 3, 2011

The words Leonard Cohen recites in this 1966 performance are from a passage from his novel, "Beautiful Losers." This passage was itself later published separately as an illustrated book called "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot." Buffy Sainte-Marie first released "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot" on her album, Illuminations, in 1969. Cohen's recitation includes a final section absent from the Buffy Sainte-Marie version:

"Old friend, aren't you happy? You and Edith alone know how long I've waited for this instruction.
--Damn you, Mary Voolnd spits at me.
--What?
--Your hand's gone limp."

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