That was a song that took me a long time to write. Dylan and I were having coffee the day after his concert in Paris a few years ago and he was doing that song in concert. And he asked me how long it took to write it. And I told him a couple of years. I lied actually. It was more than a couple of years.
Then I praise da song of his, “I and I,” and asked him how long it had taken and he said, “Fifteen minutes.” [Laughter]
FROM SONGWRITERS ON SONGWRITING by Paul Zollo, Los Angeles 1992
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen