Famous Blue Raincoat Introduction
Imagine your best friend seduced your wife… and that you had to admit that he'd made her happier just by treating her "to a flake of his life." Now imagine you sat down late one night, your disloyal wife sleeping by your side, to write that friend a letter. What would you say? Would it go something like this?
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
About the Song
|Artist||Leonard Cohen||Musician(s)||Leonard Cohen (guitar, vocals), Paul Buckmaster (strings), Ron Cornelius (guitar), Susan Mussmano (vocals)|
|Album||Songs of Love and Hate|
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On the ChartsThough widely influential and widely loved, Cohen has somehow maintained his status as a cult musical figure. His first ever British Top Forty Single came in 2008, when "Hallelujah" hit number 34 on the charts—24 years after its original release. At the time, Alexandra Burke's cover of the song was at #1, and Jeff Buckley's cover was at #2, making "Hallelujah" the best-selling digital song ever.
Yet Cohen classics like "Famous Blue Raincoat" have managed to reach millions of fans over the years without ever making their way too high up the charts. "Famous Blue Raincoat" peaked on the Billboard charts at number 72 in 1987 with that year's version, which was done by Jennifer Warnes.