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Famous Blue Raincoat is written by Leonard Cohen. Arranged and performed by Caroline Waters - vocals, guitar. Recorded at Tom Zink's studio in Long Beach. Mastered by Leslie Chew. Sound Recording © by Caroline Waters. Label: Redhead Records. Publishing: Red Velvet Sensations, ASCAP. Booking and Licensing:


Words and Music by Leonard Cohen

It's four in the morning, the end of December
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
New York is cold, but I like where I'm living
Music on Clinton Street all through the evening

I hear that you're building your house deep in the desert
Are you living for nothing now?
Hope you're keeping some kind of record

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time I saw you, you looked so much younger
The famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You'd been to the station to meet every train
But she never turned up, I mean, LiLi Marlene

So you treated some woman to a flake of your life
And when she got home, she was nobody's wife

Yes, I see you there with a rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane's awake
She sends her regards

Oh what can I tell, oh what can I tell you
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I'll forgive you
I'm glad that you stood in my way

And if you ever come by here, be it for Jane or for me
I want you to know, your enemy is sleeping
I want you to know, your woman is free

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never really tried

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night when you planned to go clear

Sincerely, a friend