Leonard Cohen, A Canadian Legend

Today, Nov. 10, the world said goodbye to a Canadian music legend: Leonard Cohen. With a career that spanned over five decades, Cohen, at the age of 82, has died. He was still touring and making music up until his death.

Cohen released his 14th studio album, You Want It Darker, only a few weeks ago. It was produced by his son, Adam Cohen, a great singer-songwriter in his own right.

Leonard Cohen’s iconic songs such as “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah” are renowned world-wide and have been covered by many other legendary artists. However, I’d like to share with you my dad’s favourite Cohen tune: “Bird on the Wire” from his 1969 album, Songs From A Room.

“[It is] a song that ruminates on the impossibility of freedom in a world rife with tethers,” said Jim Beviglia in his American Songwriter’s article ‘Behind The Song: Leonard Cohen, “Bird On The Wire.”’

I’ve included the lyrics below if you want to sing along.

Cheers to 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
For 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
Songwriter: Leonard Cohen
Bird on the Wire lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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