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Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (song)

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LeonardCohen
Leonard Cohen
Writer(s) Leonard Cohen
Ronald Dean Cornelius
Producer(s) Leonard Cohen
Recorded 1974
Length 3:06 (Original)
3:39 (Cover)

"Chelsea Hotel No. 2" (also known as "Chelsea Hotel #2" is a song by Leonard Cohen from his album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. It was recorded in 1974 and is about a romantic encounter with Janis Joplin at the New York City brothel, Hotel Chelsea.

Cover version

On March 27, 2013, Lana Del Rey's cover version was published on her official YouTube page. The video accompanying the cover was directed by Ant Shurmer, and shows Del Rey performing the song with interlaced clips of the hotel itself. The song was included as part of the setlist of the Endless Summer Tour and she also sung it at Osheaga festival on July 30, 2016.

Lyrics

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street
But those were the reasons and that was New York
We were running for the money and the flesh
And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

Ah, but you got away, didn't you, baby?
You just turned your back on the crowd
You got away, I never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
And all of that jiving around

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make an exception
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
You fixed yourself, you said, "Well, never mind
We are ugly but we have the music."

Ah, but you got away, didn't you, baby?
You just turned your back on the crowd
You got away, I never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
and all of that jiving around

I don't mean to suggest that I love you the best
I can't keep track of each fallen robin
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
That's all, I don't even think of you that often

Music video

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Chelsea Hotel No 203:40

Lana Del Rey - Chelsea Hotel No 2

Released March 27, 2013
Length 3:39
Director Anthony Shurmer
Producer
Filmed
Location
VEVO views 17+ Million Views

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