EVERYBODY KNOWS (Parody of) Leonard Cohen

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There are a few things that we all know, not a lot but a few selective things. Some of us don’t want to admit that we know these things but hey, everybody knows. This applies across party lines and regardless of your political persuasion. We know what we know, let’s just admit it.

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Lyrics to EVERYBODY KNOWS parody

Parody lyrics were provided by our friend from Canada, David Buckna
For more verses to his parody of “Everybody Knows” check out: https://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letter-what-would-leonard-do/
And here: http://musemash.tumblr.com/post/170830134135/everybody-knows-hes-in-trouble-except-trump
You can also pay him a visit on Twitter https://twitter.com/dbiz4u2

Everybody knowsEverybody knows that he’s a racist
Everybody knows the reasons why
Everybody knows that he said shitholes
And which buttons that he wants to try
Everybody knows he has three TVs
So many cheeseburgers he just has to eat
Where he gets those
Everybody knows

Everybody knows there’s no collusion
Everybody smiles when the camera’s on
Everybody knows the game is over
Everybody knows the fake guy won
Everybody knows his temper’s quick
The rich get richer, the poor get sick
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows who’s does the leaking
Everybody knows how much he lies
Everybody’s got this broken feeling
Like their country or their dog just died
The one percent fill their pockets
Where does Wolff send a box of chocolates?
Now I suppose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that he’s in trouble
Everybody knows it’s time to go
From the plaque at the Liberty Lady
To the Mar-a-Lago beach below
Everybody knows every woman’s name
And who it is that they say they blame
What they all disclosed
Now everybody knows

Everybody knows he misses Porter
Everybody knows it’s a parade he needs
Everybody knows what the NRA did
by increasing his campaign proceeds
Everybody knows Hope told white lies
and the building on Fifth was a buy
Who does Jared owe?
Everybody knows

Everybody knows what he said to Billy
Everybody knows Rex was fired by tweet
Everybody knows Bolton’s a war-hawk
And Karen said Donnie’s very sweet
Everybody knows his nickname’s Spanky
And he is known to be quite cranky
on a TV show
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows


“Everybody Knows”
Song by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
from the album I’m Your Man
Released February 1988

“Everybody Knows” is known for its somber tone and repetition of the title at the beginning of most verses. Featuring phrases such as “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded” and “Everybody knows that the good guys lost”, “Everybody Knows” has been variously described by critics as “bitterly pessimistic” yet funny, or, more strongly, a “bleak prophecy about the end of the world as we know it.”The lyrics include references to AIDS, false flag wars, social problems, and relationship and religious issues.[5]

“Everybody Knows” has been widely used in television and film. Allan Moyle’s 1990 film Pump Up the Volume featured the song prominently.

Cohen’s original version was also featured prominently in Atom Egoyan’s 1994 film Exotica, as the theme music of exotic dancer Christina (Mia Kirshner) when she performs at the club of the film’s title.

Don Henley’s version is heard in episode 219 of the television series Judging Amy, which aired in 2001. Later, the Concrete Blonde version was featured in the third episode of the first season of Dirty Sexy Money entitled the “Italian Banker”.

“Everybody Knows” has also been used in a June 2008 anti-smoking advertisement commissioned by the New South Wales government in Australia with the theme “everybody knows smoking causes these diseases … yet you still do it”.

A cover of the song by Sigrid plays during the opening credits of the film “Justice League.”

For more from Parody Project you can watch our parody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Also we have Tippy Top, a commentary on the Nuclear Posture Review of 2018.

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13 Responses

  1. Richard Belair

    What a hoot! a very creative endeavor for sure, for sure!

  2. Deanne Rader

    Excellent! You’re right on! I love Leonard Cohen’s music too!

  3. Barbara Mackenzie

    Hey Don, it’s brilliant, as usual. Anybody who loves Leonard won’t hate this. Thanks for all the parodies in your wonderful Project. Kept me sane! Thanks for being my voice during these dark days. Absolutely grateful for your genius and courage.

  4. KMToledo

    Just great! It was almost like ole Leonard himself climbed out of his grave to sing this one. In fact, I think it was Leonard. Everybody knows it was ole Leonard.

  5. Michele Vernet

    No, I do not believe the “satire” would be appreciated by Mr. Cohen. But since he had class and jewish, probably would have ignored it! As it should be! Je t’adorais, toi et ta poesie! Ici en Amerique, on doit salir tout! Nothing’s sacred! That’s how it goes!

  6. Duncanyourmate

    I’m sure , Leonard would approve , I certainly do , Wonderful Creative , Love It

  7. Jane Gibney

    Thank you! Just love your work! Keep it coming!

  8. Jerina Page

    Another great one. Please, please keep it coming. We really, really need the truth to be told in a format that people can understand, relate to and enjoy. You have an awesome talent.

  9. Janet

    Excellent, Don! We need voices like yours to be heard loud and clear throughout the land!!!
    Best regards, Janet

  10. Sylvia Krogh

    Love your satire!
    You guys are fantastic! Keep it up!