Leonard Cohen’s never-ending tour touched down at Dublin’s 02 Arena on September 12th, and midway through the show, he broke out a brand new song entitled “I’ve Got a Secret.” Like many recent works by the seventy-eight-year-old singer-songwriter, the tune reflects on love and aging. “I’d like to love you baby, but I don’t feel right,” Cohen sings. “I’ve got this full length mirror, and it ain’t a pretty sight.” Thankfully, a fan captured a pretty stellar video of the performance from close range.
Some of the lyrics from the song come from “Feels So Good,” a work that Cohen debuted on his 2009 tour and has sprinkled into his set list over the previous few years, though he has yet to release it on an album. He last played it on December 4th, 2012 in Toronto, and since then it seems to have morphed into this new song.
Cohen’s most recent LP is Old Ideas, which hit shelves in January of 2012. Since then, he has circled the globe a couple of times over. Despite the fact that he’s less than two years away from his 80th birthday, his shows regularly stretch beyond three and a half hours. He didn’t play a single concert between 1993 and 2008, but when a former manager absconded with the vast majority of his life savings, he was forced back onto the road.
Much to his shock, Cohen quickly discovered that he loved life on the road, and the reviews have been almost entirely euphoric. “I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so,” he told Rolling Stone last year. “But I kept on touring. It wasn’t exclusively that unique situation. Touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It’s a serious commitment.”
The European leg of Cohen’s tour wraps up September 20th at Amsterdam, but just two months later he resumes with a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand.