“Famous Blue Raincoat” is a dark song, that was included in “Songs of Love and Hate”, the third studio album by Leonard Cohen. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records.

This is the second Leonard Cohen song to be added in theMandolinTuner. More will definitely follow as I intend to create a collection with all his songs that I love.

The song is written in the form of a letter, and the lyric tells the story of a love triangle between the speaker (Leonard Cohen) , a woman named Jane, and the male addressee

…it’s four in the morning, the end of December…

FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT
Leonard Cohen

(Intro)

Am F Dm7 E7
 
Am F Dm7 E7
 

(Verse 1)

  Am F
It’s four in the morning, the end of December
  Dm7 E7
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
Am F
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
  Dm7 E7
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening
Am Bm Am Bm
I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
Am G
You’re living for nothing now
  Am G
I hope you’re keeping some kind of record
  C G
Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
  Am
She said that you gave it to her
  Bm G
That night that you planned to go clear  
F E7
Did you ever go clear?

(Verse 2)

  Am F
Ah, the last time we saw you, you looked so much older
  Dm7 E7
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
  Am F
You’d been to the station to meet every train
  Dm7 E7
And you came home without Lili Marlene
  Am Bm Am Bm
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
Am G Am G
And when she came back, she was nobody’s wife
  C G
Well, I see you there with the rose in your teeth
  Am
One more thin gypsy thief
  Bm G
Well, I see Jane’s awake  
F E7
She sends her re- gards

(Verse 3)

  Am F
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer?
Dm7 E7
What can I possibly say?
  Am F
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
  Dm7 E7
I’m glad you stood in my way
Am Bm Am Bm
If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Am G Am G
Well, your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free
  C G
Yes, and thanks for the trouble you took from her eyes
  Am G
I thought it was there for good so I never tried
  C G
And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
  Am
She said that you gave it to her
  Bm G
That night that you planned to go clear  
F E
Sincerely, L. Cohen

(Outro)

Am F Dm7 E7
 

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), was a legendary poet, musician and artist with a unique style, “dark” sound, and a baritone raw voice singing his beautiful lyrics. A lot of articles have been written around the world, saying good bye to this great artist this year. They were summarised nicely in this article by Montreal Gazette (the featured image comes from this article as well).

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