The Curse (or Blessing) of the Happy Banana
On the sleeve of I’m Your Man stands Leonard Cohen, unsmiling in his traditional raiment of anthracite hue, stern beak protruding from beneath dark glasses, the black-out curtains of the soul. All that spoils this picture of judgmental dread is a solemnly clasped banana, a joke worthy of Steve Martin.
"The evidence accumulates," [Cohen] deadpans, "that whatever heroic pose we strike, we seem to have a happy banana in our hand."
Leonard Cohen speaking with Mat Snow in “Cohen’s Way,” The Guardian, February 1988. Photo is album cover from Cohen’s I’m Your Man released in 1988.
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