Bird on the Wire Lyrics

Leonard Cohen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Leonard Cohen
album: Track 1 in album Songs From a Room
release date: 1969-4
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Jazz Rock Blues Pop
styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Ballad
length: 3:27
producer: Bob Johnston
lead vocals: Leonard Cohen
engineer: Neil Wilburn and Ed Hudson
composer: Leonard Cohen
lyricist: Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen Songs From a Room cover art
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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.

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 have tried in my way to be free.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Bird on the Wire
  • 2 Story of Isaac
  • 3 A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes
  • 4 The Partisan
  • 5 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
  • 6 The Old Revolution
  • 7 The Butcher
  • 8 You Know Who I Am
  • 9 Lady Midnight
  • 10 Tonight Will Be Fine