Avalanche (song)

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"Avalanche" is a song by Leonard Cohen. It appears on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate, released in 1971.

The lyrics are based on a poem he had previously written. He acknowledged in a 1992 interview with Paul Zollo that his "chop", his unique pattern of playing classical guitar, is behind many of his early songs, and this one features Cohen's trademark fast, syncopated classical guitar pattern as the accompaniment on the recording of the song.[1]

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds recorded a version of the song for their 1984 album From Her to Eternity.


  1. ^ Zollo, Paul (1997). "Interview with Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles, 1992". Songwriters on Songwriting (expanded edition). Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80777-7.