Bob Dylan — Man in the Long Black Coat
Album: Oh Mercy
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:23
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Crickets are chirpin' the water is high
There's a soft cotton dress on the line hangin' dry
Window wide open African trees
Bent over backwards from a hurricane breeze
Not a word of goodbye not even a note
She gone with the man in the long black coat.

Somebody seen him hangin' around
As the old dance hall on the outskirts of town
He looked into her eyes when she stopped him to ask
If he wanted to dance he had a face like a mask
Somebody said from the bible he'd quote
There was dust on the man in the long black coat.

Preacher was talking there's a sermon he gave
He said every man's conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide
When it's you who must keep it satisfied
It ain't easy to swallow it sticks in the throat
She gave her heart to the man in the long black coat.

There are no mistakes in life some people say
It is true sometimes you can see it that way
But people don't live or die people just float
She went with the man in the long black coat.

There's smoke on the water it's been there since June
Tree trunks unprooted beneath the high crescent moon
Feel the pulse and vibration and the rumbling force
Somebody is out there beating on a dead horse
She never said nothing there was nothing she wrote
She gone with the man in the long black coat.
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yeah I didn't know about this and picked it up 2nd hand, wow! incredible songs
A great song from one of the most underrated albums of all time. 
So, is this a song about suicide?  The Man in the Long Black Coat is Death, right?
{#Frustrated}

 

From another great album that was made so much better thanks to the touch of Daniel Lanois. 


 westslope wrote:
I always enjoy Dylan but have to ask.

Did his voice get more gravelly over time due to tobacco and/or weed smoking or was there some other reason?  

 
I'm pretty sure Zimmy still smokes....or at least he did the one and only time I saw him in the summer of 2000.  I don't think weed smoking did that to him, even if he were still toking which I doubt he does with much regularity if at all.

And this album was out in the 80s; his voice has gotten even more gravelly since then! 

Oh...and as far as his singing voice goes, honestly, I can't even imagine his tunes sung in a "pretty" voice.  Heck, even the most famous cover (All Along the Watchtower) was sung by an artist with a voice I wouldn't consider great; Jimi had emotion, like Bob, in his voice, and that makes up for pure singing ability a lot!  Peace and Long Live RP!!


I always enjoy Dylan but have to ask.

Did his voice get more gravelly over time due to tobacco and/or weed smoking or was there some other reason?  
Wahouuuuuuu magnifique !!!  {#Roflol}
Covers that are better than the original - love this but Joan Osbourne's cover is stonking! Then Bill follows it with Johnny Cash's Version of 'Hurt'. Add that to the list...
An excellent song from one of my favourite Dylan albums. This was a great record all 'round.
{#Devil_pimp}zesty! front to back " what was it u wanted ? "
 LAwolf8 wrote:
I hear great songs on RP, and want to explore the CD or album but then Bill puts on another great one and I don't play mow own collection because he's playing new things.  LOL

 
I find I don't need anything else.  Albums feel like a letdown after hearing RP, which is the greatest playlist I've ever come across.  Listen to commercial radio?  I don't think so.
I hear great songs on RP, and want to explore the CD or album but then Bill puts on another great one and I don't play mow own collection because he's playing new things.  LOL
I bought this used at a small record shop, it's a really good Dylan album, I have so many of those and The Band
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Not a Bob Dylan fan at all, but, this song sounded GREAT on my stereo. 

 
Same here!
I absolutely love this song and the way it's played.
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Not a Bob Dylan fan at all, but, this song sounded GREAT on my stereo. 

 
Try some of the other tunes on Oh Mercy.  It's a good album.  

Love the Crickets on this one. 
Mr. Nobel prize winner!
Congrats to him!
{#Notworthy} 
Oh Mercy...sing on Brother Bob. 

The Never Ending tour will end some day and the world will become a little less fun. 

Sing on Brother.    
Not a Bob Dylan fan at all, but, this song sounded GREAT on my stereo.