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Lyrics

Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
Like a worm on the hook
Like a knight from some old-fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee

And if I have been unkind
I hope that you will just let it go by
And if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

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Like a babe 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 the pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
She cried to me "hey, why not ask for more?"

Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Writer(s): COHEN LEONARD, COHEN LEONARD

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