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Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen
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Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen  (3/4)

Verses:
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   A             '             E             '
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e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-2-----------|-2-----------|-0-----------|---------0---|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----1---1---|-----1-------|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
1. Like a bird     on the        wire              like a
2. Like a worm     on a          hook              like a
3. Like a baby         still     born              like a
4. But I swear   by    this      song              and by

   A             '             D             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
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e|-------------|-------------|-2-----------|-2-----------|
B|-2-----------|-2-----------|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|-0-------0---|-0---0---0---|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. drunk in a midnight         choir               I have
2. knight from some old fashioned book             I have
3. beast with his              horn                I have
4. all that I have done        wrong               I will

   A             '             E             '
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e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-2-----------|-2-----------|-2-----------|---------0---|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----1---1---|-----1-------|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
1. tried in my                way                    to be
2. saved all my               ribbons                  for
3. torn                       everyone who reached out for
4. make                       it all up to

   A             Asus4         A             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
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e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-2-------2---|-3-------3---|-2-------0---|-2-----------|
G|-----2-------|-----2-------|-----2-------|-----2---2---|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. free.                                 . . . . .  to verse 2
2. thee.                                 . . . . . to bridge 1
3. me.                                   . . . . .  to verse 4
4. thee.                                 . . . . . to bridge 2


Bridge 1 & 2:
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   D             '             '             '
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e|-2-----------|-2-----------|-2-----------|-2-----------|
B|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
G|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
D|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. If I,                      if I              have been
2. I    saw a beggar          leaning on       his wooden

   A             '             '             '
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e|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-------0---|
B|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2-------|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. unkind
2. crutch

   Bm            '             '             '
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e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-3-----------|-3-----------|-3-----------|-3-----------|
G|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|
D|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|
A|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. I hope that you                     can just let it go
2. He    said to me              "You must not ask for so

   A             '             '             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
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e|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-------0---|
B|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2-------|
G|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
D|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. by
2. much"

   D             '             '            '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
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e|-2-----------|-2-----------|-2-----------|-2-----------|
B|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|-----3---3---|
G|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
D|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
A|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. If I,                                   if I have been
2. And a pretty woman    leaning    in her       darkened

   A             '             '             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
e|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-------0---|
B|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
G|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2---2---|-----2-------|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. untrue
2. door

   Bm            '             '             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
e|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-3-----------|-3-----------|-3-----------|-3-----------|
G|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|-----4---4---|
D|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|---4---4---4-|
A|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|-2-------2---|
E|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
1. I hope you know                         it was never to
2. she cried to me                   "Hey, why not ask for

   E             '             '             '
    _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _
   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
e|-0-----------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
B|-------------|-----0-------|-----0-------|---------0---|
G|-----1---1---|-2-------2---|-1-------1---|-----1-------|
D|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|---2---2---2-|
A|---------2---|-2-------2---|-------------|-------------|
E|-0-----------|-------------|-0-------0---|-0-------0---|
1. you                                   . . . . . to verse 3
2. more?"                                . . . . . to verse 1


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Lyrics and Chords:
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Verse 1:
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       A    '      E   '
Like a bird on the wire,
       A    '              D   '
like a drunk in a midnight choir
       A    '      E   '     A   Asus4   A  '
I have tried in my way to be free.


Verse: 2:
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Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.


Bridge 1:
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D    '    '     '     A  '  '  '
If I, if I have been unkind,
Bm         '    '              '   
I hope that you can just let it go 
A    '    '     '
by.
D    '    '     '     A  '  '  '
If I, if I have been untrue
Bm         '    '           '   
I hope you know it was never to 
E    '    '     '
you.


Verse: 3:
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Like a baby, stillborn,
like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me.

Verse: 4:
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But I swear by this song
and by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee.

Bridge 2:
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I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,
he said to me, "You must not ask for so 
much."
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
she cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for 
more?"

Verse: 1:
--------

Oh like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
        
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Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen
Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen
The arrangement of this song is from songsterr.com:
https://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/leonard-cohen-bird-on-the-wire-tab-s41490t0

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"Bird on the Wire" is one of Leonard Cohen's signature songs. It was recorded 26 September 1968 in Nashville and included on his 1969 album Songs from a Room. A May 1968 recording produced by David Crosby, titled "Like a Bird", was added to the 2007 remastered CD. Judy Collins was the first to release the song on her 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

In the 1960s, Cohen lived on the Greek island Hydra with his girlfriend Marianne Ihlen, the woman depicted on the back cover of Songs from a Room. She has related how she helped him out of a depression by handing him his guitar, whereupon he began composing "Bird on the Wire", inspired by a bird sitting on one of Hydra's recently installed phone wires, followed by memories of wet island nights. He finished it in a Hollywood motel.

Cohen has described "Bird on the Wire" as a simple country song, and the first recording, by Judy Collins, was indeed done in a country setting. He later made various minor changes, such as the modifications present on Cohen Live. Different renditions are included on all of his live albums. On occasion he also performed Serge Lama's French version, "Vivre tout seul", in concert.

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=883covxHOLk

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Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen




Bird on the Wire - Leonard Cohen
Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 10/29/2020
Tab By: willc
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Genre: Folk
 
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