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Music video by Tom Jones performing Tower Of Song. 

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"Tower of Song" is a Leonard Cohen song first released on the I'm Your Man album

I'm Your Man is the eighth studio album by Leonard Cohen, released in 1988. The album marked Cohen's further move to a more modern sound, with many songs having a synth-oriented production.

The genesis of "Tower of Song" is described in Ira Nadel's 1996 Cohen memoir Various Positions:
"Tower of Song" is the keynote work of I'm Your Man. With it Cohen wanted to "make a definitive statement about the heroic enterprise of the craft" of songwriting. In the early eighties he called the work "Raise My Voice in Song." His concern was with the aging songwriter, and the "necessity to transcend one's own failure by manifesting as the singer, as the songwriter." He had abandoned the song, but one night in Montreal he finished the lyrics and called an engineer and recorded it in one take with a toy synthesizer.

Cohen revised the song, which contains the rumination, "I was born like this, I had no choice/I was born with the gift of a golden voice." Ever mindful of his reputation as a "flat singer" among critics, audiences always erupt when Cohen sings these lines live. Cohen also cites Hank Williams, a songwriter he has professed great admiration for, in the song ("...a hundred floors above me..."). Cohen recited the lyrics in full when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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