“I love you as a real fan.”

Lana Del Rey has shared a tribute to Leonard Cohen via Instagram, posting a clip of her 2013 cover of Cohen’s track ‘Chelsea Hotel No. 2’ accompanied by a message.

“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me,” she wrote. “Not that it would’ve mattered to ya. It’s just that other than Bob and Joan you were the only person I ever really felt spoke my language.”

Del Rey signs off the post with: “I love you as a real fan and I always looked for a little bit of you in all of my future friends. God bless.”

Cohen died on November 7, aged 82, and was buried in a private ceremony in Montreal. Artists including Arcade Fire, John Cale and A Tribe Called Quest paid their respects to the legendary poet and songwriter.

Yesterday, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox shared a eulogy to Cohen with Pitchfork lamenting the “dark age” we are moving towards and recalling the first time he encountered “the single greatest lyric” he had ever heard: “Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows,” which appears on Cohen’s 1969 track ‘The Old Revolution.’

“Cohen was a master of creating such lines imbued with utter despair and melancholy but also humor and humanity,” wrote Cox. “He created a body of work – novels, poetry, music – that one could get lost in for a lifetime.” Read the full eulogy at Pitchfork.

 

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