My husband played this song on the guitar the other night, and it reminded me how much I love it. Chelsea Hotel #2, a Leonard Cohen song from his 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.
This Lana Del Rey version is my favorite.
Now here’s Leonard Cohen performing his song, along with a story about how the song came to be…
If you like, return to the link for the album title above — which will take you to Wikipedia. In the second paragraph under “Recording & Composition”, they mention the inspiration behind the song. I don’t want to give it away, because ever since I’ve known the song breaks my heart every time. So pursue that knowledge if you like, but it can be unknown afterward.