Leonard Cohen Defends his Gloomy Songs
I guess it’s legitimate not to like someone’s work, but somehow those descriptions of my work got into the computer, you know, there was “suicide”, or “bedsit”, or “gloom”, “depressive”, “melancholy”, and every time they’d tap out my name those descriptions would come up. You know, as though seriousness had no place in song. The songs we love best are the sad songs.
Leonard Cohen in a BBC Radio 1 programme (UK), August 7, 1994.