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Man In The Long Black Coat

(Bob Dylan)

From the album: Oh Mercy (1989)
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 4.5/5 (273 votes)


chris stone Joan Osbourne did a good version of this one Jan 02, 2010
SLUMDOG I am amazed that [MAN IN THE LONG BLACK COAT] isn't in the top 10! Feb 17, 2009
Mike Peter, please respect the netiquette! If you don't like what other users have posted, try to express your opinion in a different way, thanks. Dec 21, 2008
Peter Oh please...who is this Bill Cohen guy...what a load of garbage...I'm sure Bob would squirm if he ever read these "reviews"...they are so corny....maybe Dr Phil wrote them! Dec 21, 2008
Bill Cohen This song has been one which brought out extreme feelings in me. After my tour of duty in Korea,I was re-assigned to Fort. Lee Virginia. We used to love to go to country dances which were usually held on the outskirts of many little southern towns. The music makes me remember the south on hot summer nights at the local dances. Crickets, clothes hanging dry. This is something a person who grew up in Brooklyn had never seen before and will never see again. It just made me feel awestruck I have seen girls, children and adults just leave and not say goodbye- never to be seen again . I saw it in the south and have seen it all my professional life as a Clinical Psychologist. People would leave with "the devil" and for no reason that anyone could determine. The girl asks him to dance. He was dirty, he quoted from the Bible She needed to leave with him. Why did she need to leave with this man?. Was he the devil? Did she need to be hurt ? Did she need to be abused? Had she been abused previously and that this was all she knew? When we baptize a child we assume that we are washing away the evil that is in their heart at birth, and making them pure for future life. But with concept of "Free Will", we are responsible for our behavior, and it is up to us to control our vile and depraved nature. This is well understood. Sigmund Freud held that there are no mistakes in life. That a person performs an act becuse they want to or need to based on conscious or unconscious ideation. Dylan understands that. " People don't live or die, people just float, and she left with this strange man. There is so much wisdom in this song, that for me, it just feels like a cold, sad reality. I think that Daniel Lanois brought out feelings in Dylan that were there, but created the music to make those songs real and intense. Two brilliant men working together to get the most out of each other. Dylan talks about it in his book, but one can feel it in this great song, and many of the other songs on the album. This girls motivation is so confusing, so sad, and it does "stick in the throat". One sees signs everywhere " Have you seen this child"? Jun 20, 2006
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Related songs & albums

All songs on Oh Mercy
Track Song
1 Political World (Bob Dylan)
2 Where Teardrops Fall (Bob Dylan)
3 Everything Is Broken (Bob Dylan)
4 Ring Them Bells (Bob Dylan)
5 Man In The Long Black Coat (Bob Dylan)
6 Most Of The Time (Bob Dylan)
7 What Good Am I (Bob Dylan)
8 Disease Of Conceit (Bob Dylan)
9 What Was It You Wanted (Bob Dylan)
10 Shooting Star (Bob Dylan)
Man In The Long Black Coat appears on these albums
Year Album
1989 Oh Mercy