Leonard Cohen’s Famous Letter Illustration

Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat Letter
Give me a L.C. afterworld, so I can sigh eternally.

This brand new illustration is a tribute to the great writer, poet, artist, songwriter, musician, and singer Leonard Norman Cohen, a.k.a. Jikan Eliezer (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016). It’s a drawing inspired by the song Famous Blue Raincoat, which appeared inside the Songs Of Love And Hate (1971) album.

Here are the lyrics of the song, in the form of a letter:

«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 »

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