"Everybody Knows" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and collaborator Sharon Robinson. It has often been covered and used in soundtracks.
"Everybody Knows" was first released on Cohen's album I'm Your Man, February 1988.
Five minutes, thirty-seven seconds in duration, "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, social problems, and relationship issues.
"Everybody Knows" has been widely used in television and film. Allan Moyle's 1990 film Pump Up the Volume was the first and most notable cinematic use of "Everybody Knows". A favorite of protagonist Mark Hunter (Christian Slater, as the operator of an underground radio station), Cohen's song is played from an on-screen phonograph several times during Mark's clandestine broadcasts. A cover by Concrete Blonde is used at the film's end, and it is this cover version that made it onto the film's soundtrack album.
It is also used in an episode of the Quebec mystery Fortier. The song is played in English, although French is spoken exclusively in the show.
Cohen's version also appears in Atom Egoyan's 1994 film Exotica and is used as theme music for episodes of SexTV. It is also used in the film King of Kong. Don Henley's version is heard in episode 219 of the television series Judging Amy, which aired in 2001. It also serves as bumper music for The Alex Jones Show, an American radio talk show.
Recently the Concrete Blonde version was featured in the third episode of the first season of Dirty Sexy Money titled the "Italian Banker". Everybody Knows was featured as the opener for Guns n Roses's 2009 Chinese Democracy Tour.
"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".