Famous Blue Raincoat


What’s your song? The one that suits you best?

Is it one that brings you to your knees?

Or one that empowers you?

Gladdens you? Tells a story? Recalls a memory?

I know it’s hard to pick just one, but if you could, what would it be?

What’s mine? Well, thank you for asking (I was going to tell you even if you hadn’t asked).

If I may?

It’d be “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

Leonard Cohen.

Love this song.

(Actually, I love most of Mr. Cohen’s songs, but this one especially. It gets stuck in my head for days and there’s no getting it out.)

(Shhhh, maybe I don’t want to get it out.)

I’m not sure if I love it and connect with it because, well, maybe it’s a bit about forgiveness and a bit about understanding.

And because it’s about love – unrequited.

And because it’s about betrayal and how no one’s the same after.

And because it’s about the sadness that happens in your own self when you see someone searching and hurting:

“I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better…”

 “You’d been to the station to meet every train / And you came home without Lili Marlene.”

And how you can still continue to love someone, even after…

But anyway, I don’t want to completely analyze the song, or completely break it down with all the reasons it’s important to me, because that’s just boring.  And because it takes away from the whole emotional impact of the song, so I’ll leave you to it.

And thanks to The Daily Post for their blog prompt – today’s being: “This is your song.”

Happy Tuesday!



3 thoughts on “Famous Blue Raincoat

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