But the set, like so much of Cohen's work, also contained moments of redemption. "Hallelujah" was as uplifting as a rendition by its maker could be, and as Cohen gets older, his delivery just grows more and more profound. Near the end of the set proper (there would be a whopping three encore sets!), Cohen declared, "You came to me this morning and you handled me like meat." The ensuing read-through of song-poem "A Thousand Kisses Deep," a bare, spoken meditation on the frailty of love and memory, was elegant, poetic, and mercifully free of sax punctuation. ^

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