Just days before releasing his 14th album, “You Want It Darker”, Leonard Cohen is reflecting on his declining health with The New Yorker, revealing to the magazine that he feels “ready to die.”
While speaking about his unfinished works in the in-depth interview, the artist – who hails from Quebec – comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that many of his poems will most likely remain unfinished. “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows?” he tells the magazine. “And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that.”
Cohen continues, “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
In another revelation that is sure to disappoint many of his fans, Cohen goes on to declare that he will likely never tour again, “except in a limited way: a single performance, perhaps, or a short residency at one venue.”
“You Want It Darker” is out October 21. Cohen released the album’s hypnotic title track on his 82nd birthday last month.