First We Take Manhattan

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"First We Take Manhattan" is a song written by Leonard Cohen. It was originally recorded by Jennifer Warnes on her 1986 Cohen tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat, which consisted entirely of songs written or co-written by Cohen.

Ben Hewitt writing for The Guardian in 2015 drew attention to the lyric's apocalyptic nature, imagining Cohen "greedily eyeing world domination like a Bond villain".[1]

Joe Cocker covered "First We Take Manhattan" on his 1999 album No Ordinary World.

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  1. "Leonard Cohen: 10 of his best songs". The Guardian. 6 May 2015.