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1966 Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen specified, notably in a BBC interview, that the song was about encountering Suzanne Verdal, the then wife of sculptor Armand Vaillancourt, in a Montreal setting. Indeed, many lines describe different elements of the city, including its river (the Saint Lawrence) and a little chapel near the harbour, called Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (literally Our Lady of Good Help), which sits on the side of the harbour that faces the rising sun in the morning, as it is described in the song.
The song was first recorded by Judy Collins the same year, and appeared on her 1966 album In My Life.

Recording sessions
1969 January 8-27: New York RCA Manhattan B alternate track
1969 March 5: New York RCA Manhattan B
Suzanne takes you down
To her place by the river
You can hear the boats go by
1969 October 4: Amherst (US-MA) UMass Bowker Auditorium
2007 [5:08] DVD 5 College Concerts and Interviews Andy Stroud (US)
1969 October 26: New York Philarmonic Hall
1969 November 3: Roma (IT) Teatro Sistina
1971 January 8: Amsterdam (NL) Concertgebouw