Featuring Mitch Watkins & Neil Larsen
I have tried in my way to be free
Leonard Cohen – Bird On The Wire
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
Video by albertnoonan
Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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.
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
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.
The September 10, 2010 Lisbon concert proved to be an extraordinarily impressive demonstration of musical skills and showmanship, a phenomenon asdeguia, a correspondent who was in attendance at that show, convincingly attributes to the intense complicity between the band and the audience.
As evidence of the quality of the performances, Cohencentric offers the video of “Bird On A Wire,” perhaps the song from the Leonard Cohen World Tour repertoire most sensitive to musicological nuances (for example, timing, tone, phrasing, …) and least forgiving of flaws. The presentation of “Bird On A Wire” at Lisbon is a lapidary masterpiece.
Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire
Lisbon: Sept 10, 2010
Video from Actresspt
Note: Originally posted Jan 5, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Tom Sakic,1 uploaded an audience recording of Leonard Cohen and his band performing “Bird on the Wire” at the Alt Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, May 27, 1993. Featured on guitar is Bob Metzger, who was also guitarist for the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour.
While the visual aspect is suboptimal by today’s standards, the video is watchable, and the audio quality is good. Add in the fact that performances of this song from the 1993 Tour are hard to find, and this video ranks as a must-see for any Cohen fan.
Note: Originally posted Jan 3, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.
Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.
In this video, excerpted from the 1988 film Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen, accompanied by his backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, revisits the home in Hydra that he shared with Marianne of So Long Marianne In addition to a discussion of his life on Hydra, this clip includes performances of Who By Fire, Bird On The Wire, So Long Marianne, Partisan, and Famous Blue Raincoat.
That’s what it’s all about. It says that none of this – you’re not going to be able to work this thing out – you’re not going to be able to set – this realm does not admit to revolution – there’s no solution to this mess. The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment when you embrace it all and you say ‘Look, I don’t understand a fucking thing at all – Hallelujah! That’s the only moment that we live here fully as human beings.
The following description is from Leonard Cohen talks to RTÉ in 1988 at the RTE site:
From the RTÉ archives: Kildare-born novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist and former RTÉ radio producer John MacKenna made two feature programmes in the RTÉ Radio Centre with Leonard Cohen in 1988, entitled ‘How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns’. Together, they offer a remarkable insight to Cohen’s life and work. Below, you can listen to them both in full. (From Leonard Cohen talks to RTÉ in 1988)
Note: A transcript of this broadcast is available at Transcript: 1988 RTE (LeonardCohenFiles)
The first programme ‘How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns’ is entitled ‘Isaac to Joan of Arc’ in which Cohen discusses his interest in and attitude to heroic figures in history. (From Leonard Cohen talks to RTÉ in 1988)
Programme 2 is entitled ‘If I Have Been Untrue’ and considers songs about people in the street. (From Leonard Cohen talks to RTÉ in 1988)