Leonard Cohen on “Famous Blue Raincoat” & “Bird On The Wire” as unfinished songs & why he released them anyway

Interviewer: What about “Famous Blue Raincoat?”

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That was written on Clinton Street. I never felt I really sealed that song; I never felt the carpentry was finished. That song and ‘Bird on the Wire’ were two songs I never successfully finished, but they were good enough to be used. Also, with the poverty of songs I have for each record, I can’t afford to discard one as good as that. It’s one of the better tunes I’ve written, but lyrically it’s too mysterious, too unclear.quotedown2

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Note: View photos of Leonard Cohen’s Clinton Street digs and surroundings at “New York is cold, but I like where I’m living” The View From Leonard Cohen’s 1960s NYC Apartment

Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Originally posted Oct 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There won’t be free men until there are free women” Leonard Cohen 1972

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[Famous Blue Raincoat is] a song that was written for two people,  for a woman and a man and especially for a woman whom I had to share with another man. But you know it’s true when they say that there won’t be free men until there are free women.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, introducing Famous Blue Raincoat at concert in Stockholm on 4 March 1972. Source:Leonard Cohen’s Prologues. Photo by Rik Watson. Originally posted March 6, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric