Leonard Cohen Explains Why Bird On The Wire “Is So Important To Me”


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The song [Bird On The Wire] is so important to me. It’s that one verse where I say that I swear by this song, and by all that I have done wrong, I’ll make it all up to thee. In that verse it’s a vow that I’ll try and redeem everything that’s gone wrong. I think I’ve made it too many times now, but I like to keep renewing it.quotedown2

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Cohen Regrets (1973) by Alastair Pirrie. Beat Patrol: December 30, 2008. [Originally written for the New Musical Express: March 10, 1973.] Originally posted Nov 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2 Videos With Upgraded Audio: Elvis Costello Performs Bird On The Wire & The Future – Nov 6, 2017 Montreal Leonard Cohen Tribute

Both of these recording feature the videos shot by Mirela M. aka Mimi Lela​ “dubbed with soundboard audio.”

Elvis Costello – Bird On The Wire

Elvis Costello – The Future

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Moving Performance Of Bird On The Wire – Amsterdam 2012

Featuring Mitch Watkins & Neil Larsen

I have tried in my way to be free

Leonard Cohen – Bird On The Wire
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on “Famous Blue Raincoat” & “Bird On The Wire” as unfinished songs & why he released them anyway

Interviewer: What about “Famous Blue Raincoat?”

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That was written on Clinton Street. I never felt I really sealed that song; I never felt the carpentry was finished. That song and ‘Bird on the Wire’ were two songs I never successfully finished, but they were good enough to be used. Also, with the poverty of songs I have for each record, I can’t afford to discard one as good as that. It’s one of the better tunes I’ve written, but lyrically it’s too mysterious, too unclear.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Note: View photos of Leonard Cohen’s Clinton Street digs and surroundings at “New York is cold, but I like where I’m living” The View From Leonard Cohen’s 1960s NYC Apartment

Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Originally posted Oct 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Bird On The Wire – German TV 1979

Leonard Cohen’s October 31, 1979 performance of a set at the ZDF-TV Studio in München, Deutschland was taped for later broadcast. Many, if not all, of the songs he played that day have been previously posted individually. Eight of the songs are available at Dec 2, 1979 ZDF-TV Rock-Pop Special

Bird On The Wire, however, was broadcast on the November 10, 1979 edition of the same show.

Thanks to Milan Zivancevic, who alerted me to this video.