FREE Campfire Singalong Songbook

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Beatles - Petty - Johnny Cash - Eagles - John Denver - Dylan


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

    Chord Guide


    A:    x02220


    E:    022100


    D:    xx0232


    Asus4:  x02230


    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.