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Thread #60609   Message #970255
Posted By: GUEST,Tunesmith
21-Jun-03 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yellow Coat (Steve Goodman)
Subject: 'Yellow Coat' A magic moment
"Yellow Coat" is a tune written by Steve Goodman (N.B. I'm going over similar ground here to another recent posting of mine). It has the same theme as a number of songs e.g. " Funny How Times Slips Away" and " What's New", and takes the form of a man talking to an ex- lover/wife, but the listener only hears one side of the conversation. Steve's song is very well-crafted ( what else! ). At one point in the conversation the man asks, " Did you ever get to buy that yellow coat?". This is an absolute master touch. Obviously, just around the time the couple split up, the female had been admiring a yellow coat in a store window, and this small detail had stuck in the head of the man. It's little - but breathtaking -touches like that which separate your average songwriter from the greats. Has anyone out there got a favourite " magic moment" - something that changes a good song into a great song.