I’m a Cohen fan. He introduced me to this song probably back in the early 80s or when ever he wrote it. So, I’m sold on his version. I know it’s personal taste but he tends to put a little vinegar into it where as all the competition add sugar.
Here’s a link to John Cale’s version:
Of course all the rest are there Buckley, Cohen, Wainwright, Sheryl Crowe…
Reading the moronic comments on Utube gives you a sense that the Idiocracy has already arrived; such as, “Who’s this dick head?” for John Cale.
His version is my second favourite. I like Wainwright’s too and Buckley’s a lot if and only if he doesn’t over do it.