Like a Bird lyrics by Johnny Cash


Like a Bird lyrics by Johnny Cash 

Like a Bird was written by none other than Leonard Cohen for his 1969 album, Songs from a Room. Cash's version found his way onto the American Recordings album which is amusing as Cohen is Canadian*.

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 fish on a hook
Like a knight from an old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons with 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

Like a baby stillborn 
Like a beast with his horn 
I have torn everyone who reached out for me

But I swear by this song
By all I have done wrong
I'll make it all up to you

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He called out to me " Don't ask for so much " 
And a young man leaning on his darkened door
He cried out to me " Hey, why not ask for more "

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


*The album was actually named for Rick Rubin's label, American Recordings which used to be known as Def  Jam record. 

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