AURORA – Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)

Aurora Aksnes (1996-), known mononymously as Aurora, is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, dancer and producer. Born in Stavanger and raised in the towns of Høle and Os, she began writing her first songs and learning dance at the age of six. After some of her songs were uploaded online and became popular in Norway, she signed a recording contract with Petroleum Records, Decca and Glassnote Records in 2014. Aurora gained recognition with her debut extended play (EP), Running with the Wolves (2015), which contained the sleeper hit “Runaway”. Later that year, she provided the backing track for the John Lewis Christmas advert, singing a cover of the Oasis song “Half the World Away”.

From the Leonard Cohen-tribute “So Long, Leonard Cohen” in Oslo Spektrum, Oslo April 25Th 2017.


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
Well, 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


Aurora Aksnes: Vocals

The Salmon Smokers
Freddy Holm: Fiddle
Finn-Tore Tolke: Bass
Ømar Østli: Guitar
Eivind Kløverød: Drums
Bebe Risenfors: Keys
May Kristin Kaspersen: Backing vocals
Kine Fossheim: Backing vocals
Frode Vassel: Backing vocals

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