Leonard Cohen
Boygenius Lyrics


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On the on-ramp, you said
"If you love me, you will listen to this song"
And I could tell that you were serious so I
Didn't tell you you were driving the wrong way
On the interstate until the song was done

You felt like an idiot, adding an hour to the drive
But it gave us more time to embarrass ourselves
Telling stories we wouldn't tell anyone else
You said, "I might like you less now that you know me so well"
I might like you less now that you know me so well

Leonard Cohen once said
"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
And I am not an old man having an existential crisis
At a Buddhist monastery writing horny poetry
But I agree




I never thought you'd happen to me
I never thought you'd happen to me

Overall Meaning

The song "Leonard Cohen" by Boygenius starts with a vivid scene where the singer and the person they are with are on the on-ramp of a highway. The other person makes a serious statement that if the singer loves them, they would listen to a song. The singer takes the statement seriously and does not question the directions that the other person is driving, even though they were going the wrong way on the interstate. The song they listen to is not named, but it's evident that it's a significant one. It's long enough that the singer has time to let the other person know about the driving mistake and to have an extended conversation. The exchange creates a sense of intimacy and trust that the singer had not anticipated.


The lyrics then shift to another scene where the singer adds depth to a quote by Leonard Cohen that states, "there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." The singer agrees with the sentiment and reflects on their own life. The singer acknowledges that they are not an old man, having an existential crisis at a Buddhist monastery, but they understand the importance of embracing life's imperfections. The fact that the singer never thought that the person they're with would happen to them, makes them appreciate this moment more because they are experiencing something unexpected and unfamiliar.


Line by Line Meaning

On the on-ramp, you said
At the entrance of the highway, you spoke


"If you love me, you will listen to this song"
"If you have affection towards me, you will pay attention to this music"


And I could tell that you were serious so I
And I could perceive that you were earnest, therefore I


Didn't tell you you were driving the wrong way
Did not inform you that you were heading in the incorrect direction


On the interstate until the song was done
On the highway until the song reached completion


You felt like an idiot, adding an hour to the drive
You felt foolish about prolonging the trip by an hour


But it gave us more time to embarrass ourselves
However, it provided us with additional moments to humiliate ourselves


Telling stories we wouldn't tell anyone else
Sharing tales that we wouldn't reveal to anyone else


You said, "I might like you less now that you know me so well"
You stated, "I may have less fondness for you now that you have comprehended me so completely"


I might like you less now that you know me so well
I may have less attraction for you now that you are acclimated with me so completely


Leonard Cohen once said
Leonard Cohen once stated


"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
"Every entity contains a flaw, that's how the brightness infiltrates"


And I am not an old man having an existential crisis
I do not represent an aged gentleman undergoing an existential conflict


At a Buddhist monastery writing horny poetry
At a Buddhist retreat composing sensual poems


But I agree
However, I concur


I never thought you'd happen to me
I never anticipated that you would enter my life


I never thought you'd happen to me
I never anticipated that you would enter my life




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: HoJun Yu, Julien Baker, Leonard Cohen, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@MothmanBaddie

On the on-ramp, you said
"If you love me, you will listen to this song"
And I could tell that you were serious so I
Didn't tell you you were driving the wrong way
On the interstate until the song was done
You felt like an idiot, adding an hour to the drive
But it gave us more time to embarrass ourselves
Telling stories we wouldn't tell anyone else
You said, "I might like you less now that you know me so well"
I might like you less now that you know me so well
Leonard Cohen once said
"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
And I am not an old man having an existential crisis
At a Buddhist monastery writing horny poetry
But I agree
I never thought you'd happen to me
I never thought you'd happen to me



All comments from YouTube:

@elizabethh919

i feel like the people who listen to worship music .. this is my worship music

@Cantpickgoodhandlename

I was thinking the exact same thing!

@j.6845

it felt like i was at church when i saw them live last month (i'm not even christian and don't even know what it's like inside a church LMAO)

@Entropic_Variable

"And I am not an old man having an existential crisis at a Buddhist monastery, writing horny poetry, but I agree." Oh Lucy, I adore the way your mind works. 🙏🏻💜

@sadness3674

this song is so good it took me several listens to realize that lucy is the only one singing the verses. i thought they all had parts 😭

@marth_6126

Just look at the handwritten lyrics in the videos, each one is written by their respective lead.

@lettertoanoldpoet

how 😭😭

@sadness3674

@@lettertoanoldpoet i deluded myself into it

@billiegenius

I💔NEVER💔THOUGHT💔YOUD💔HAPPEN💔TO💔ME

@funkymunky2404

What an album girls. Congratulations.

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