Leonard Cohen


Bird On The Wire - Poem by 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.


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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 7:39:00 AM)

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    ''Bird On The Wire''

    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.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 7:34:00 AM)

    [About Cohen, from 'Wiki']

    Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Princess of Asturias Awards for literature.

    Cohen was born on 21 September 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, an English-speaking area of Montreal, into a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, whose family had emigrated from Poland, was Lyon Cohen, founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. His father, Nathan Cohen, who owned a substantial clothing store, died when Cohen was 9 years old. On the topic of being a Kohen, Cohen has said that I had a very Messianic childhood. He told Richard Goldstein in 1967, I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest. (Report) Reply

  • Lee Crowell (6/9/2009 2:05:00 PM)

    I love this poem but it irritates me to see it here in a botched version
    obviously Mr Cohen didn't post it himself

    what happened to the lines:
    'like a beast with it's horn
    like a baby stillborn
    I have torn everyone who's reached out to me'
    ? ? ? (Report) Reply

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