Song Lyric Sunday: Pets – ‘Bird On The Wire’

“I have tried in my way to be free”

Jim’s broad theme of ‘domesticated animals’ for Song Lyric Sunday this week gives me an opportunity to post my favourite, most resonating, Leonard Cohen song. Although the title includes ‘bird’, the very last thing that this song is about is domestication, however.

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.

Written by Leonard Cohen

Song Lyric Sunday 29 November 2020

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