Who Sang Bird on a Wire? The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers Brother's Keeper cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1990-8-7
length: 5:01
composer: Leonard Cohen
lyricist: Leonard Cohen
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
I have tried in my way to be free.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Brother Blood
  • 2 Brother Jake
  • 3 Steer Me Right
  • 4 Fearless
  • 5 Son's and Daughters
  • 6 Fallin' Rain
  • 7 Jah Love
  • 8 River of Life
  • 9 Witness
  • 10 My Brother's Keeper
  • 11 Sons and Daughters (reprise)
  • 12 Mystery Train
  • 13 Bird on a Wire