Suzanne – and being touched by someone’s mind

Cohen is one of my favorite singer song writers that combine great music with telling lyrics. He started off as a poet, but found that music paid better and he has managed to combine great lyrics with moving music. This track “Suzanne” is from the album “Songs of love and hate”. The lyrics describes meeting someone they know and believe to have no more love to give them only to find that they are moved by the other person and fall back into the same connection that they once had together.


The lyrics nicely capture that element of uncertainty in relationships. We simply cannot tell how the future will unfold or with whom, and relationships involve an element of trust (excessive jealousy signifies a lack of trust and can ruin relationships). Further, what is involved in love is making a connection with someone. Fromm describes this as penetrating the person, not just physically, but also mentally. Lust is often associated with making a purely physical connection, it involves focusing on the physical appearance of the person. There is no doubt that this is an important component of attraction. Yet, where any form of lasting love is involved more is needed. In the words of Cohen – we need to be touched by another’s mind.
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.
You can listen to the song, courtesy of you tube here:


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