This is one of three new songs Leonard Cohen wrote for Famous Blue Raincoat
, his 1986 collaboration with Jennifer Warnes. They had been working together since 1972, and while Cohen had achieved much renown in Europe, he was little-known in America. Warnes had big hits with "Right Time Of The Night
" and her Joe Cocker duet "Up Where We Belong
," and was in a position to bring more attention to Cohen, which she did by covering his songs on the album. Her ploy worked: many other artists began covering Cohen, who became one of the most revered songwriters of his time.