Lovin’ Judy

Feb 8, 2016

JC_hi-res_Though a child piano prodigy, once she heard folk music and the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Judy Collins lifted her hands from the keyboard and placed her fingers on guitar strings.¹ Her first commercial hit was “Both Sides Now” and now, entering her 77th year, she still performs—from Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and Jacques Brel’s “Marieke” to “Amazing Grace” and “Suzanne.”

Collins will grace the stage at The Rose Pasadena on February 14, 2016. Valentine’s Day never sounded so good…




Judy Collins
Sunday, Feb. 14
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.
The Rose, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., #101, Pasadena 91101
Tickets: #35-$50, purchase here
For complete details, visit



“Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her

That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said, “All the men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”

But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open

Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbor
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers

There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever while Suzanne holds the mirror

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind




¹ Source: “Appreciating and Reappraising an American Icon” by David McGee,

Photo, top right: Sourced from, no photo credit apparent.







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