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Famous blue raincoat   Leonard Cohen











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                      Famous Blue Raincoat ( Leonard Cohen )

                    from the Songs of Love and Hate album 1970 

Transcribed by : Jean-Marc Orliaguet 
( jmo@fy.chalmers.se, http://fy.chalmers.se/~jmo )

Intro :

     Am7                                    F
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----|-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1
G-|--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2
D-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|--------3-----3-----3-----3-----3---
A-|--0-----------------------------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--1---------------------------------
     Dm7                                    Em
e-|-------(1)---(1)---(1)---(1)---(1)----|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
G-|-----2--2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
D-|--0--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|--------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---
A-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--0---------------------------------
Verses :

     Am7                                    F
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1
G-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2
D-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|--------3-----3-----------3-----3---
A-|--0-----------------0-----------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--1-----------------1---------------

1. It's four in  the  morning,    the      end  of       December      I'm
2. New York      is  cold      but  I          like where I'm living  there's  
     Dm7                                    Em
e-|-------(1)---(1)---(1)---(1)---(1)----|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
G-|-----2--2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
D-|--0--------0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|--------2-----2-----------2-----2---
A-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--0-----------------0---------------

1.  writing   you   now      just   to     see  if  you're   better
2.         music on Clinton Street        all   through      the evening. 
Bridge :

     Am7                                    Bm7              ( repeat twice )
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|--------3-----3-----------3-----3---
G-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|--------2-----2-----------2-----2---
D-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4
A-|--0-----------------0-----------------|--2-----------------2---------------
E-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------

             I hear that you're          building            your  little 
    house             deep   in  the     desert   
     Am7                                    G                ( repeat twice )
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|--------0-----0-----------0-----0---
G-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|--------0-----0-----------0-----0---
D-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
A-|--0-----------------0-----------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--3-----------------3---------------

               you're living for           nothing   now          I hope you're 
    keeping           some  kind of       record              yes,     and
Chorus :

     C                                      
e-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|--------0-----0-----------0-----0---
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|--------1-----1-----------1-----1---
G-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
D-|--------2-----2-----------2-----2-----|--------2-----2-----------2-----2---
A-|--3-----------------3-----------------|--3-----------------3---------------
E-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------

    Jane              came                 by         with a lock of your
     G     
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|--------0-----0-----------0-----0---
G-|--------0-----0-----------0-----0-----|--------0-----0-----------0-----0---
D-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
A-|--------0-----2-----------0-----2-----|--------0-----2-----------0-----2---
E-|--3-----------------3-----------------|--3-----------------3---------------

    hair                                she said  that you   gave  it to
     Am7
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|--------1-----1-----------1-----1---
G-|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0
D-|--------2-----2-----------2-----2-----|--------2-----2-----------2-----2---
A-|--0-----------------0-----------------|--0-----------------0---------------
E-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------

    her                               that night   that you planned    to go
     Bm7                                    G
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------3-----3-----------3-----3-----|--------3-----3-----------3-----3---
G-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4
D-|--------4-----4-----------4-----4-----|--------5-----5-----------5-----5---
A-|--2-----------------2-----------------|------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------|--3-----------------3---------------

    clear                                             
     F                                      Em
e-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----1-----------1-----1-----|--------0-----0--------0-----0------
G-|-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0------
D-|--------3-----3-----------3-----3-----|--------2-----2-----------2-----2---
A-|--------------------------------------|------------------------------------
E-|--1-----------------1-----------------|--0-----------------0---------------

               did you ever go         clear ?                         Ah, the 

Chord voicings :

Am7   : x02010
F     : 133211
Dm7   : xx0211
Em    : 022000
Bm7   : x24232
G     : 320003
C     : 332010
G bar : 355433
Lyrics :

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. 

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 
 
               jmo@fy.chalmers.se        http://fy.chalmers.se/~jmo 




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