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On Raincoats

Posted by shanoah on January 25, 2009

Ah, yes; forgot the subtitle on the album. Not sure if I’ve actually got the book on that one, though I have several Bloom County books.  I’ve read it, though.

And here I am, contemplating playing yet another Jonathan Coulton song. This is a bit different, though. This is a cover of a song by Leonard Cohen. And the song is earie and melancholy. And very New York.

Famous Blue Raincoat – Jonathan Coulton

This is one of these songs that just gives me shivers. Jonathan claims to be obsessed with it, and I can see why. He mentioned that he saw it as a perfect example of how to tell a story in a song. And I’ve always been a sucker for songs like that. And now, for a more creepy version, lets hear the original.

Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen

There are turns of phrase in here I love.

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?

Though one thing that creeps me out in this song that probably wasn’t intentional is the Scientology references in here. “The night you planned to go clear”? Sounds nicer then “The night you planned to have evil space aliens sent down from JHVH sucked out of your body”, I suppose.

He was only a scientologist for a short time before deciding to be a buddhist instead, though, so I can overlook it. And the song is cool.

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