Earlier this week, legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen took on a dire tone ahead of the release of his new album, You Want It Dark. “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die,” the 82-year-old said in a New Yorker profile. “I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.” The indication was that You Want It Dark, Cohen’s 14th full-length, could be his last due to his age and health issues.
In a new Q&A following a listening party in Los Angeles on Thursday, however, Cohen backtracked on the doom and gloom. “Uh, I said I was ready to die recently,” he said according to Billboard. “And I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.” He even said that he has plans for at least two more albums before his final days. “I hope we can do this again. I intend to stick around until 120.”
It’s impossible to fault an 82-year-old man for starting to think about his own mortality, but it’s good to know he hasn’t given up yet and is still planning for big things in the future. Even if he only lives until 118, of course, Cohen’s music will leave him immortal.
Elsewhere in the discussion, Cohen touched upon Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win. When asked about Dylan’s gracious remarks about Cohen in that New Yorker profile, Cohen deflected the question and laid his own compliment on The Bard. “But I will comment on his receiving the Nobel Prize, which to me is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”