Here, Leonard Cohen is addressing a former lover who "broke the heart and made it new." When he was recording the vocal with his son Adam, Leonard had just gotten news that Marianne Ihlen had passed away. (Marianne was the woman he met on the Greek island of Hydra and later immortalized on "So Long, Marianne
"). Adam Cohen recalled to Apple Music
"In recording the vocals I really did feel like he was channeling and correcting lyrics to have the song be a postscript to 'So Long, Marianne.' It's something that we had discussed while we were recording and it informed my wanting to exaggerate the Mediterranean romance of the song."