Bird on a Wire Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Leonard Cohen
album: Track 2 in album American Recordings
release date: 1994-4-26
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length: 4:02
acoustic guitar: Johnny Cash
producer: Rick Rubin
vocal: Johnny Cash

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Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
Like a fish on a hook
Like a knight in an old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons with thee

And if I have been unkind
I hope you will just let it go by
And if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

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
By all I have done wrong
I'll make it all up to you

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He called out to me "Don't ask for so much"
And a young man leaning on his darkened door
He cried out to me "Hey, why not ask for more"

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

Track Listing

  • 1 Delia's Gone
  • 2 Let the Train Blow the Whistle
  • 3 The Beast in Me
  • 4 Drive On
  • 5 Why Me Lord
  • 6 Thirteen
  • 7 Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer)
  • 8 Bird on a Wire
  • 9 Tennessee Stud
  • 10 Down There by the Train
  • 11 Redemption
  • 12 Like a Soldier
  • 13 The Man Who Couldn't Cry