Cohen wrote this song as a tribute to a 22-year-old pierced, tattooed dancer he dated at one time.
After meeting she-male Simonne Simmons at a nightclub, it took Cohen half a year of relentless pursuit to convince her to sing the song, but he thought Simmons' unique, genderless, voice would make the song distinctive and unforgettable.
Guitarist James Lum, a fervent Christian, describes the song as his "least favorite."
A radio station in New England described the song as "Aretha Franklin meets Goth."
Suggestion credit: Arnie - Los Angeles, CA, for all above
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.