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Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen, as performed by Willie Nelson


Chord Guide

        123

A:    x02220

       231

E:    022100

         132

D:    xx0232

          123

Asus4:  x02230

       13421

Bm:   x24432

 

Intro:  A (4)

 

           A                E                 A                           D

Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir

             A               E              A    Asus4 

I have tried in my way to be free

        A         E             A                                                         D

Like a worm on a hook, like a knight from some old-fashioned book

        A                     E                A (2) (walkup)

I have saved all my ribbons for thee

 

D (2)                         A (2)

  If I, if I have been unkind

Bm (2)                                      A (2)  

  I hope that you can just let it go by

D (2)                          A (2)

  If I, if I have been untrue,

Bm (2)                                       E (2)

  I hope you know it was never to you.

 

           A           E               A                   D

Like a baby stillborn, like a beast with his horn

           A            E                                    A (2)

I have torn everyone who reached out for me.

            A                 E               A                             D

But I swear by this song and by all that I have done wrong

          A         E              Asus4  A (walkup)

I will make it all up to thee.

 

D (2)                                                   A (2)

  I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch

Bm (2)                                                      A (2)     

    He said to me, "You must not ask for so much."

D (2)                                                          A (2)

  And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,

Bm (2)                                                   E (2)

   She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"

 

        A           E             A                   D

Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir

         A          E                     A (2)

I have tried in my way to be free

 

Instrumental Verse


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.