Alight

Fancy footwork, huh?

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

Like a worm on a hook
Like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee

If I, if I have been unkind
I hope that you can just let it go by
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

Oh, 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
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 a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
She cried to me, “Hey, why not ask for more?”

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

©Leonard Cohen

We were at Downtown Chamber Series last night but they had an unusual (for them) and fun band perform that isn’t typical chamber music, The Low Anthem, currently on an international tour. One of the songs they did was Bird on a Wire, by Leonard Cohen, who I love, so when I was sitting outside this morning on the bench on our porch, I got these shots of birds on wires.

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5 thoughts on “Alight

  1. Fine shots that tie in so well with the performance you heard. I like how that one bird is doing a one-foot balancing act!

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