"Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen cover)" as written by and 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
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening

I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert
You're living for nothing now, I 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 we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You'd been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without Lilly Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody's wife

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane's awake

She sends her regards
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Your enemy is sleeping and his woman is free

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

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


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"Famous Blue Raincoat" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentIt's IMO about despair. I think the line "did you ever go clear" refers to scientology and I think Cohen was into that for a while. Going clear refers to some sort Scientology mumbo jumbo about baring your soul.

    It sounds like they are left in a relationship that is broken more than it was broken and passionless before Jane's betrayal.

    It's interesting that in his poetry book the last line is "sincerely your crime" but the song he says, "sincerely L Cohen"

    You came home without Lilly Marlene to me means that the antagonist also never found a faithful mate.
    Balldozeron September 18, 2013   Link

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