1969 SONG OF THE DAY–BIRD ON THE WIRE–LEONARD COHEN

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1969 Song of the Day is Leonard Cohen’s- Bird On The Wire. Bird On The Wire is one of Leonard Cohen’s signature songs- it is the highlight of his second album- Songs From A Room. Cohen was on the Greek island of Hydra with his girlfriend Marianne Ihlen [ of “So Long, Marianne” fame} he was depressed and she handed him his guitar and he started writing Bird On The Wire.  Cohen would call it a simple country song. It was first covered by Judy Collins in 1968- even before Cohen released it.The song has been covered over the years by dozens of artists- the most notable- Johnny Cash on his American Recordings, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, k.d. Lang, Fairport Convention and Rita Coolidge. The song – and the album was produced by Bob Johnson- most famous for producing Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Johnny Cash. The original producer was David Crosby but that didn’t work out.

Kris Kristofferson has said over the years–

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‘Like a bird on a wire,
Like a drunk in some midnight choir,
I have tried in my way to be free’

…. That’s my epitaph

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Kris Kristofferson

 

 

5 responses to “1969 SONG OF THE DAY–BIRD ON THE WIRE–LEONARD COHEN

  1. After he passed I went back and listened to a lot of stuff. Amazing that he was putting out quality stuff right til the end

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