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FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT- Leonard Cohen


[Verse]

     Am                       F
It's four in the morning, the end of December
    Dm7                     Em7
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
Am                      F
New York is cold, but I like where I'm living
        Dm7                     Em7
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening
Am                 Bm                   Am                Bm
I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert
Am                G
You're living for nothing now
              Am                   G
I hope you're keeping some kind of record


[Chorus]

         C                                G
Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
                             Am
She said that you gave it to her
                                  Bm    G
That night that you planned to go clear
F               Em7
Did you ever go clear?


[Verse 2]

         Am                      F
Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
     Dm7                      Em7
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
      Am                     F
You'd been to the station to meet every train
Dm7                       Em7
And you came home without Lili Marlene
Am                 Bm    Am                 Bm
And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
Am                G   Am                G
And when she came back she was nobody's wife


[Chorus 2]

       C                                   G
Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
                    Am
One more thin gypsy thief
                    Bm  G F               Em7
Well I see Jane's awake   she sends her regards


[Verse 3]

    Am                     F
And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
Dm7                 Em7
What can I possibly say?
  Am                       F
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
    Dm7                  Em7
I'm glad you stood in my way
Am               Bm      Am               Bm
If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Am                  Bm       Am                G
Well, your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free


[Chorus 3]

         C                           G
Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
                 Am                        G
I thought it was there for good so I never tried
    C                                G
And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
                             Am
She said that you gave it to her
                                  Bm    G
That night that you planned to go clear
F             Em7
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.

[Verse]

Am F Dm7 G
Am F Dm7 G

[Bridge]

F F F G
Dm7 Dm7 Dm7 G

[Chorus]

C C C C
G G G G
Am7 Am7 Am7 Am7
G G G G
Dm7 G

If you have the music, you can figure it out with these changes. Leonard
Cohen is a genius.
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musidore 56 Mar 17, 2015 03:36 PM

Great Tab, Thank You :) Leonard Cohen is indeed a Genius

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k9f100 1,528 Jul 10, 2016 02:18 PM

No capo's fine, but I really like the sound of it with Capo II, what do you think?

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