I approached this book with some caution. How could the author hold my attention when the subject was just a single song? Of course it helps that the song, with its haunting tune and its ambiguous 'grown-up' lyrics, is an evident masterpiece. But Alan Light keeps its story moving, debates the possible interpretations of the song's many verses and slips in fascinating biographical details about Cohen, Buckley and the host of other luminaries with connections to the song. It's a must-read for fans of Buckley and, especially, Cohen. If his reputation as a great poet and lyricist needed any enhancing – which it doesn't – this book does just that. An engrossing read from start to finish.