Lana Del Rey posts Leonard Cohen cover on Instagram to pay tribute to her hero

Lana Del Rey Leonard Cohen cover

Screengrab via LanaDelRayVEVO/YouTube

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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 

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.