Lana Del Rey’s Cover of Chelsea Hotel

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.

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit