Take This Waltz
|"Take This Waltz"|
|Single by Leonard Cohen|
|from the album Poets In New York|
|Recorded||Studios Montmartre, Paris|
Federico García Lorca
|Producer(s)||Michel Reusser, Leonard Cohen|
"Take This Waltz" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released as part the 1986 Federico García Lorca tribute album Poets in New York (Poetas en Nueva York) and as a single.
The song's lyrics are a loose translation, into English, of the poem "Pequeño vals vienés" by the Spanish poet F. G. Lorca (one of Cohen's favorite poets). The poem was first published in Lorca's seminal book Poeta en Nueva York.
The song reached number one in Spain in 1986.
Actor/Singer Sven Wollter recorded a version of the song with lyrics translated into Swedish on his 1989 album Nån sorts man.
Zorán Sztevanovity covered the song in 1991 with Cohen's original music but with different lyrics in Hungarian language written by his brother Dusán. The title of the song is "Volt egy tánc" ("There was a dance").
Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick covered the song in 1996 with Cohen's music and Lorca's original verse on the album Omega. Two years later, Spanish singer Ana Belén covered the song in Spanish for her album Lorquiana.
In 2009 Israel musician Shlomi Shaban covered the song in Hebrew for his tribute album "Tower of song" named after another song by Leonard Cohen covered there as well.
- Poets In New York at Discogs (list of releases)