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The Monkey and the Plywood Violin! how they are connected?!

Mar 07 2013

Leonard Cohen in the song “first we take Manhattan then we take Berlin"  showed appreciation for a monkey and the plywood violin! But what is the relation of the monkey and monkey and the plywood violin?
Leonard cohen monkey and plywood violin
 Well, Plywood is a manufactured wood panel made from thin sheets of wood veneer. It is one of the most widely used wood products. It is flexible, inexpensive, workable, re-usable, and can usually be locally manufactured. Plywood is used instead of plain wood because of its resistance to cracking, shrinkage, splitting, and twisting/warping, and its general high degree of strength. And any kind of musical instrument that is made from Plywood considered as be more and less a toy than a real instrument especially when it comes to violin that is considered as relatively expensive instrument and they normally make it from very good kind of woods. 
Monkey on the other hand is the only creature that looks like a humankind with a big difference and that is their brain has not developed as much as ours (or at least most of us). 
By sending him a monkey and a worthless toy violin, somebody wanted to tell Leonard Cohen that he can neither write a song and not can make music, as he also says: “you loved me as a loser”. 
Here is the tricky part when he says "I practiced every night, now I'm ready”! Some people in their blogs actually mentioned that he is going to take the Manhattan with the plywood violin. But I think there is no reason that he uses the same instrument that she sent her to express his skills (it is not also possible because that violin does not make a good sound any way), meanwhile he is not using the monkey as the poet for his lyrics too! In my opinion he took the insult got motivated to be the number one performer and he aims for to be the best national at first and continues to the best international singer. 
It seem that he was being held back by the lover, as he says “You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline how many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin”


There is also other theories about this song, like this one I found it funny or the guy that is totally insane saying:
“It's a song about conquest, possibly more sexual than actual. 'Manhattan' has phallic connotations - with its name, shape on the map and tall buildings. Berlin was, of course, divided down the middle, and is meant, I feel sure, to symbolize the female parts.”

Meanwhile another guys says 
“This Song is about how the Son of God will travel across the world and bring his children home. He is awakening from a time of 20 years in exile”

But I am not really sure if his song is that deep anyways! I love Cohen but I guess, he sometimes just say random things “elaboration of a tube” in the song “Going Home” or "All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them"  as a word of Jesus! Or even the blue raincoat song what no body really know what is the story !  


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