I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen album)

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I'm Your Man
Studio album by Leonard Cohen
Released February 2, 1988
Recorded August to November 1987;
Studio Tempo in Montréal (Québec),
Rock Steady in Los Angeles (usA) [1]
Genre Pop rock, folk rock
Length 40:41
Label Columbia
Producer Leonard Cohen, Roscoe Beck, Jean-Michel Reusser, Michel Robidoux
Leonard Cohen chronology
Various Positions
I'm Your Man
The Future
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A− [4]

I'm Your Man is the eighth studio album by Leonard Cohen,[5] released in 1988. The album marked Cohen's further move to a more modern sound, with many songs having a synthpop production.

"First We Take Manhattan" had been released the previous year by Jennifer Warnes on her album of Cohen songs, Famous Blue Raincoat. The song "Everybody Knows" was one of Cohen's first writing collaborations with Sharon Robinson, who would become a frequent collaborator in the future. Most notably, Robinson co-wrote every song on Cohen's 2001 outing Ten New Songs. In "Tower of Song", Cohen discusses songwriting and acknowledges the influence of Hank Williams ("a hundred floors above me").

"I'm Your Man" was number 1 in Norway for 16 weeks.[6] The album is silver in the UK and gold in Canada.[citation needed]

It was ranked 51 on Pitchfork Media's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s.[7] Tom Waits has named it one of his favourite albums.[8] Slant Magazine listed the album at number 29 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[9]

The track "Take This Waltz" was already released in 1986 (as a single off the Federico García Lorca tribute album Poets in New York) and reached number 1 in the Spanish charts. The words were translated by Cohen from García Lorca's poem "Pequeño vals vienés".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Leonard Cohen except where noted.[5]

No. Title Length
1. "First We Take Manhattan"   6:01
2. "Ain't No Cure for Love"   4:50
3. "Everybody Knows" (Cohen, Sharon Robinson) 5:36
4. "I'm Your Man"   4:28
5. "Take This Waltz" (Cohen, Federico García Lorca) 5:59
6. "Jazz Police" (Cohen, Jeff Fisher) 3:53
7. "I Can't Forget"   4:31
8. "Tower of Song"   5:37


From liner notes [10]

Written, produced, arranged and played by Leonard Cohen.
Vocals by Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes.
Ian Terry [11] with François Deschamps [12] at Studio Tempo in Montréal,[13]
Leanne Ungar [14] at Rock Steady in Los Angeles.
Mixing engineer:
Leanne Ungar at Rock Steady in Los Angeles, second engineer: Fred Echelard [15]

Production by Leonard Cohen.
Production co-ordination: Roscoe Beck.
Technical co-ordination: Leanne Ungar

Song covers[edit]

In film[edit]

  • The album's title track appears on the soundtrack of the 2002 film Secretary.
  • A 2006 tribute film and album to Cohen were titled Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man.
  • "Everybody Knows" was in the movie/documentary King of Kong (A Fistfull of Quarters) and Atom Egoyan's film Exotica. It also featured in Pump Up the Volume.
  • Cohen's "Hallelujah" was featured in the 2009 film Watchmen and was included on the official soundtrack. Though absent from the official soundtrack, "First We Take Manhattan" was also featured in the film's closing credits.
  • A film released in 2011 starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen is entitled Take This Waltz and the Cohen song plays during the climax of the film.
  • The 2014 film Life Itself, directed by Steve James, reveals that the song once saved the life of Roger Ebert. Ebert states that after a complicated surgery he was due to leave the hospital for home, but stayed in his room to listen to I'm Your Man in full. Ebert claims that had he left as planned before the song's end, he would have died, as the medical procedure did not take and he began bleeding from an artery in his neck.


  1. ^ Discogs - I'm your Man reMastered-vinyl-LP 2011 Columbia / Music On Vinyl (MOVLP424) Europe
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone 16 June 1988
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. Leonard Cohen. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  5. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "I'm Your Man". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man - VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958". Lista.vg.no. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  7. ^ Pitchfork Staff (2002-11-20). "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  8. ^ Waits, Tom (2005-03-20). "It's perfect madness". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  9. ^ Best Albums of the 1980s | Music | Slant Magazine
  10. ^ Discogs - I'm your Man images, CD 1988 Columbia (CK 44191) Canada)
  11. ^ Discogs - Ian Terry profile and significant discography
  12. ^ Discogs - François Deschamps discography
  13. ^ Discogs - Studio Tempo (aka Tempo Studios) profile and discography
  14. ^ Discogs Leanne Ungar profile and significant discography
  15. ^ Discog - Fred Echelard discography

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