OK I am really going to have a hard time not posting constantly about these original-vs-cover song battles. There are just so many good ones to write about. I think I could have a month’s worth of posts with just Leonard Cohen songs. And today, we are indeed focusing on one, the absolutely beautiful (for lack of a better word) “Famous Blue Raincoat”, written by Montréal poet Leonard Cohen about his brother who stole his woman away. “My brother, my killer”…
Leonard Cohen is one of my favorite singers/songwriters. If you ask me which 5 albums I would bring with me if I were to live on a desert island, his first album would definitely be on my list (I think I will eventually start a poll about that, it could be interesting).
Tori Amos rendered a wonderful cover of this song. It’s different, but it’s definitely as gutwrenching.
My vote goes to Leonard – it has to. But I love both versions. Both guitar and piano sound wonderful here, but lets face it, it’s the lyrics that really make the song.