LEONARD COHEN


Bird On The Wire Lyrics

Songwriters: Cohen, Leonard;

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

Oh, 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

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Songwriter(s): Leonard Cohen
Copyright: Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Leonard Cohen Stranger Music Inc.
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Meaning to "Bird On The Wire" (1 meaning)
dsquared 12/14/12,07:43
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To me, this song is recounting a lifetime of regrets...it burns the marrow in my bones...it tortures my soul...I think of my regrets. As a human being, I have many faults as well as virtues; I count them all.
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