Famous Blue Raincoat (5:07)

Cover of Songs of Love and Hate

From Songs of Love and Hate and 44 other releases

“Famous Blue Raincoat” is one of Leonard Cohen’s better-known songs. It appears on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate, released 1971.

The song is written in the form of a letter, and tells the story of a three-sided affair between the speaker, a woman named Jane, and the addressed person, who is identified only briefly as, “my brother, my killer.” Implied in the song is that Jane was either engaged to or married to the speaker, but after the events, “And you treated my woman to a flake of your life, and when she came back she was nobody’s wife.”

Later in the song, the speaker admits that he is partially grateful for the affair, because Jane had been troubled, and the affair alleviated it when he hadn’t been able to.


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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

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  • jakushkov

    "... с приветствием, Вас помнящий всегда знакомый Ваш, Сергей Есенин."

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mVaezi

    u ruined my night :(

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • carolinayw

    so deep and sad.Leonard always a genius <3

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Kjetsaa

    Desde el inicio sabes que algo es maravilloso y sí, triste.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    I can't listen to Leonard when I'm feeling sad, it would push me over the edge.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • clanako

    quiet and beautiful

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • vaire_paunova

    "Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes I thought it was there for good so I never tried." How he can say so much in so little words is beyond me...

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • vaire_paunova

    I wouldn't go so far, either, mostly because a) there is no god and b) if the god most people picture when talking about him (the Judeo-Christian one) actually existed, he would be the vilest creature in the universe and I kinda doubt his voice would be much better... vvvvvvvv

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gwildi

    "Cohen's voice is the closest to God's voice that there's" - I wouldn't go that far, but he is pure class.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Synanceiidae

    "This isn't a song, it's a dirge. Depressing to listen to. I'm sorry but Cohen has an awful voice. Maybe he should have just written poetry books." go fuck yourself. Cohen's voice is the closest to God's voice that there's.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SayNo2NWO

    This isn't a song, it's a dirge. Depressing to listen to. I'm sorry but Cohen has an awful voice. Maybe he should have just written poetry books.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bucolicdream

    Absolutely grim.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • myearsstillring

    Dax Riggs does a nice cover of this.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nami_hates_you

    why is this song so enchanting?

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lastditchtry

    it dont get any better

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
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    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • supersteveme

    dead right Shades

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
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  • smee85

    every version other than the original album version just seems wrong

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
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