2007-08-09

Jenny sings Lenny!

"Jenny sings Lenny", aka "Famous Blue Raincoat - The Songs of Leonard Cohen" by Jennifer Warnes, has just been reissued as a 20th Anniversary Edition, with 4 bonus tracks added in.



I am a big fan of Leonard Cohen. But I came to know his music rather late. In fact, I am grateful to Jenny for introducing me to Lenny.

When the album first came out in 1987, it was highly recommended by many leading music critics. I knew who Jennifer Warnes was, but I had never heard of Leonard Cohen. I thought I should give that album a try. The rest was history.

Now that I listen to the man himself, I revisit this CD only once in a while. Still, "Jenny sings Lenny" always has a special place in my heart, for introducing me to the music world of Leonard Cohen.

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Famous Blue Raincoat


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

(To know more about this famous "Famous Blue Raincoat", visit the Wikipedia entry)