Bird On The Wire

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Lyrics

Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Like a worm on a hook
Like a knight from some old-fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee
If I, if I have been unkind
I hope that you can just let it go by
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

For like a baby, stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me
But I swear by this song
And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He said to me, "you must not ask for so much"
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
She cried to me, "hey, why not ask for more?"
Oh, like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free


Credits

Performances

This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he performed it in concert on Monday November 6, 2017 at a tribute concert for Leonard Cohen at the Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Recordings

  • Leonard Cohen, on the album Songs From The Room released in April 1969.
  • Judy Collins, on the album Who Knows Where The Time Goes, released 1968
  • Johnny Cash, on American Recordings, released April 26, 1994
  • K.d. lang, on Hymns Of The 49th Parallel, Nonesuch Records, July 27, 1994.

Bootlegs

  • This section is incomplete.

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