Famous Blue Raincoat

It’s four in the morning, the end of DecemberI’m writing you now just to see if you’re betterNew York is cold, but I like where I’m livingThere’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening. I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desertYou’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping […]


Now I’ve heard there was a secret chordThat David played, and it pleased the LordBut you don’t really care for music, do you?It goes like thisThe fourth, the fifthThe minor fall, the major liftThe baffled king composing Hallelujah. HallelujahHallelujahHallelujahHallelujah. Your faith was strong but you needed proofYou saw her bathing on the roofHer beauty and […]

Heart With No Companion

I greet you from the other sideOf sorrow and despairWith a love so vast and shatteredIt will reach you everywhere. And I sing this for the captainWhose ship has not been builtFor the mother in confusionHer cradle still unfilled. For the heart with no companionFor the soul without a kingFor the prima ballerinaWho cannot dance […]

Lady Midnight

I came by myself to a very crowded place; I was looking for someone who had lines in her face. I found her there but she was past all concern; I asked her to hold me, I said, ‘Lady, unfold me,’ But she scorned me and she told me I was dead and I could […]

Field Commander Cohen

Field Commander Cohen, he was our most important spy.Wounded in the line of duty,Parachuting acid into diplomatic cocktail parties,Urging Fidel Castro to abandon fields and castles.Leave it all and like a man,Come back to nothing special,Such as waiting rooms and ticket lines,Silver bullet suicides,And messianic ocean tides,And racial roller-coaster ridesAnd other forms of boredom advertised […]