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bird on a 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.

 

Leonard Cohen

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Taken on September 5, 2010