Leonard Cohen – Come Healing – A ‘masterpiece’ contemporary spiritual anthem.

Come Healing
Leonard Cohen’s recent masterpiece ‘Come Healing‘ got me thinking of my favourite contemporary spiritual songs.
There are VERY few songs which I could class as ‘masterpiece’ contemporary spiritual anthems. I might include  the following (you can view the songs by clicking on the respective image) :
1. Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah‘  (in this video sung by the enormously talented Rufus Wainright),
2. Dylan’s  ‘The Times They Are a Changin‘, ( Eddie Vedder, say no more),
3. Again Dylan’s  Blowin in the Wind (which became mainstream in the 60’s by Peter, Paul and Mary) ,
4. Nick Cave’s The Ship Song which is quite possibly Australia’s greatest unheralded anthem.
nick cave
Although Archie Roach’s There is a Garden produced by the king of underrated music in Australia David Bridie might also be in contention.
archie roach
How is it, that you can’t find Archie Roaches lyrics anywhere on the internet? That is a crime unto itself.
I had to write these classic words from from ear to at least have a record:
When all the trees have gone,
All the rivers dry,
Don’t despair when all the flowers have died,
For I have heard, there’s a Garden somewhere…

When you hear the children cry,
When you see them die,
And Mother can’t sing a lullaby
I can smell the blessed warm spring rain.


We are young, we are old,
Oh but what we had, can’t be bought or sold,
And we are paying for your crimes,
Oh but everyday and every way, we get better all the time.

And when everything is gone,
And you’ve lost all hope,
And you have come to the end of your rope,
Well I believe that the flowers will bloom again,

Chorus repeated

5.  Archie Roach wasn’t alone. Fellow Australian Aboriginal  singer  Geoffrey Gurrumul  delivered some of the most spiritually  powerful songs heard  in the last decade. This blind aboriginal singer who plays the guitar upside down delivered this absolute treasure, Djarimirri. Soon after Elton John and Sting wanted to appear on stage with him.
Come Healing by Leonard Cohen  in the you tube video below I believe is is another that stands amongst those listed above. In fact this song is way ahead of its time. It is almost like a futuristic sermon to the nonreligious.
I know we all have our own different opinions about what makes a classic contemporary spiritual anthem. What are yours? I can’t wait to find out and learn.

'I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.' - The Master

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3 comments on “Leonard Cohen – Come Healing – A ‘masterpiece’ contemporary spiritual anthem.
  1. LAMarcom says:

    As you know, I am neither spiritual nor religious, but I have always loved spiritual and religions music, especially the older stuff. I enjoyed this one very much. Have never heard it before.

    And of course I am completely with ya on Dylan.

    Great post Matthew

  2. ‘behold the gates of mercy in arbitrary space
    and none of us deserving the cruelty and the grace’

    I think that aligns with what you were saying Lance.

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