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Man In The Long Black Coat
by Mark Lanegan

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, note even a note,
She gone with the man
In the long black coat.

Somebody seen him hanging around
At the old dance hall on the outskirts of town,
He looked into her eyes when she stopped 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 a talkin' 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.
Bridge: 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 uprooted, 'neath the high crescent moon
Feel the pulse and vibration and the rumbling force
Somebody is out there beating the 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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Emmanuel Chaves

That Johnny Cash feeling.

Martha Langston

Mark Lanegan is definitely one of a kind and thank God we have him.


sounds like johnny cash and tom waits have a son together

maggie smith

I think the Man in the Long Black Coat is Death. The song is about a girl who committed suicide without leaving a note.

Ricky Lehmann

Wow I never thought of it that way blew me away


@Craig Johnson You're Right. But usually a good man looses his woman by a bad one who knows the right tricks.And pratically anyone can be some lady's bad man too.People beg to be burnt! (Willie DeVille)

Craig Johnson

@ARTEMISXR Or the death/grim reaper, typically represented in black wear.

Tim Claridge

damn I actually never thought about it like that.. blew my mind.


Or the Devil...Or a Sin repressed by the rest but embraced by the girl...

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Now here's one true hell of a voice!

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