Famous Blue Raincoat

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 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
Well, 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   
Sincerely, L  Cohen

Dm7: x x 0 2 1 1 Em7: 0 2 2 0 3 0

NOTE: Technically speaking, the bottom E should drop down to D to get a
really low note for the Dm7. All other chords should be changed
accordingly if you feel it worth the bother. Also, the standard Cohen
picking pattern can be used on this song (see Winter Lady).
(from Songs of Love and Hate, 1971)
(sent by Harlan at harlant@hawaii.edu)

From: johngalt@grove.ufl.edu (JONATHAN M NEWMAN)
Subject: CRD: Leonard Cohen, "Famous Blue Raincoat"

I got this off some archive awhile ago, can't remember which. Here are
the chord changes.
If you have the music, you can figure it out with these changes. Leonard
Cohen is a genius.

Am Bm C Dm7 Em7 F G
variations - click chord images
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