Famous Blue Raincoat (choral)

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"Famous Blue Raincoat", its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the "tyranny" of possession -- of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.

It's territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe's previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via singular interpretations of "Hallelujah", "Joan of Arc" and other tunes from the master songsmith.)

This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album "Heavy Graces".

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Famous Blue Raincoat

Composed by Leonard Cohen
As Performed by Allison Crowe

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 Lili 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

Yes, and Jane came by
with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
on the night that you tried to go clear

Did you ever go
clear?

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from Heavy Graces, released October 15, 2013

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