Cookies N’ Beans – First We Take Manhattan

Cookies N’ Beans is a Swedish alternative country trio who have played together since 2003. Their main influences are big country artists like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.

When I first heard their version of Leonard Cohen’s First We Take Manhattan, I immediately marked it as a favourite in my collection. Leonard Cohen is one of Montreal‘s most iconic and celebrated artists. I’ve always enjoyed the mix of his dark poetry and his deep and soothing voice. He’s had a multi-faceted career that has spanned decades. Also, he’s gained recognition not only as a singer but also as a poet, novelist and composer.

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom 
For trying to change the system from within 
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them 
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

As I’m enjoying my last days in Montreal, I find inspiration in the words and sounds of First We Take Manhattan while I prepare for my next destination: NYC. Eventually I’ll be ready to take on Berlin as things heat up around here this coming summer! Hope you also enjoy this version :)

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Hi there! I'm Bianca, a former nomad with a burning passion for travel. I am now based in the Netherlands, where I live with my partner and young daughter. After traveling for almost 4 years straight, I still love to explore new places any time I have a chance, on my own or with my family. For more, check the About me section.

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