Leonard Cohen: BIRD ON THE WIRE (1969)

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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