How I Want To Live

Album: How I Want To Live: The Catman Chronicles 2 (2006)
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  • This song is about life as seen from the perspective of a desert cat. Cohen believes cats are immortal creatures with 9 lives.
  • A cryonics firm in California plays the song in its corporate waiting room.
  • Producer Henry Iglesias designed the song so it could be an ideal workout piece for aerobics classes.
  • The pronounced sibilance in the song is purposeful because Cohen wanted to create the impression of hissing snakes.
  • Singer Shea Alexander complained months later that she could not get the chorus out of her head no matter how hard she tried. >>
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    Arnie - Los Angeles, CA, for all above

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