RAINCOAT SALESMAN (Robert J. Purvis and William Elliott)


With a plastic mac hanging on my back

Oh, I hate these rainy days

In the early hours when no one wants to know

Have I really got a worthwhile job

Is this the life for me?

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


As I walk along my path

And after all, it's just a job

No one wants to buy the things I have to sell

Did this really take four years to learn?

And was I meant to be

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


Dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dum

Have I really got a worthwhile job?

Is this the life for me?

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


Is it wrong to feel discouraged when they utter "not today"

Should I worry if I never make a sale?

Did this really take four years to learn?

And was I meant to be

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


1975 Ganga Publishing B.V.

lyrics transcribed by Tom Brennan


RAINCOAT SALESMAN (Robert J. Purvis)
[Live on WCMF-FM in Rochester, November 5, 1975]

With a plastic mac hanging on my back

Oh, I hate these rainy days

In the early hours when no one wants to know

Have I really got a worthwhile job

Is this the life for me?

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


As I walk along my path

And after all, it's just a job

No one wants to buy the things I have to sell

Did this really take four years to learn?

And was I meant to be

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


Dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dum

Dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dai dum

Did this really take four years to learn?

And was I meant to be

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


Is it wrong to feel discouraged when they utter "not today"

Should I worry if I never make a sale?

Have I really got a worthwhile job?

Is this the life for me?

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman

A raincoat salesman


1975 Ganga Publishing B.V.

lyrics transcribed by Tom Brennan