Lana Del Rey Leonard Cohen cover

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Following the death of legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen this week, the music world has been in mourning, as luminaries from Justin Timberlake to Lin-Manuel Miranda have taken to social media to give their thoughts on Cohen’s legacy.

But Lana Del Rey decided to express her emotions through song, and on Friday, she posted the following to Instagram. It’s a snippet of her cover of Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” and it’s gorgeous. Del Rey originally recorded the song in 2013, almost 40 years after Janis Joplin inspired its original release. 

But based on this week’s news, it’s certainly worth listening to again and reading Del Rey’s words of tribute.

Here’s Del Rey’s entire cover.

And Cohen’s original version.

H/T Nylon 

Read Leonard Cohen’s moving tribute to his muse as she lay dying
Leonard Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82.
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