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BIRD ON A WIRE


Leonard Cohen



Like a [A] bird on the [E] wire,

Like a [A] drunk in a midnight [D] choir

I have [A] tried in my [E] way to be [A] free [Asus4][A]

Like a [A] worm on a [E] hook,

Like a [A] knight from some old-fashioned [D] book

I have [A] saved all my [E] ribbons for [A] thee [Asus4][A]


[D] If I, if I have been un-[A]-kind

[Bm] I hope that you can just let it go [A] by

[D] If I, if I have been un-[A]-true,

[Bm] I hope you know it was never to [E] you. [Esus4][E][E7]


Like a [A] baby still-[E]-born,

Like a [A] beast with his [D] horn

I have [A] torn every-[E]-one who reached out for [A] me. [Asus4][A]

But I [A] swear by this [E] song

And by [A] all that I have done [D] wrong

[A] I will make it [E] all up to [A] thee. [Asus4][A]


I saw a [D] beggar leaning on his wooden [A] crutch

[Bm] He said to me, "You must not ask for [A] so much."

[D] And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened [A] door,

[Bm] She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for [E] more?" [Esus4][E][E7]


Like a [A] bird on the [E] wire,

Like a [A] drunk in a midnight [D] choir

I have [A] tried in my [E] way to be free [D][A]


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