Anyhow

Album: Old Ideas (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This somber late-night lounge ballad finds Cohen reflecting on his bad behavior to an ex-lover. He croons:

    Dreamed about you, baby
    You were wearing half your dress
    I know you have to hate me
    But could you hate me less?
  • Cohen co-wrote the song with the American songwriter-producer Patrick Leonard, who is best known for co-penning many of Madonna's late '80s. The Canadian poet-singer met Patrick Leonard through his son Adam, whose album he produced. He told Mojo magazine: "I know the work he did with Madonna. I think he's a seminal figure in modern American music, very brilliant. I was listening to some of his solo piano work, too. I bumped into him with Adam several times, and somehow we got together and these four songs we did together came very quickly, 'Going Home,' 'Show Me The Place' 'Anyhow' and 'Come Healing.'"

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