Song Analysis: Famous Blue Raincoat By Leonard Cohen

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In the poem “Famous Blue Raincoat” by Leonard Cohen, from his third album Songs of Love and Hate, released in 1971, features the line “You’d been to the station to meet every train, but you came home without Lili Marlene” (15). This line is a reference “Lili Marlene” which is the title and heroine to the very famous war song sung by soldiers and become popular in World War II. The song is about love and prosperity to bring joy to the men on long times away from home. Throughout the war, the soldiers would sing this song to lifts spirits and imagine the good life that they would be coming home to. Leonard Cohen uses this intertext when writing to his brother figure to ask him how he is doing and presents him glimpses of Jane in his poem. The
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