Label: Columbia - none,Legacy - none • Format: CD Sampler, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country •
Bird on the Wire Lyrics: 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.
Filmed in , this long-lost documentary film by Tony Palmer captures Leonard Cohen's twenty-date tour of Europe. The film beautifully presents individual song performances but also keeps in plenty of revealing behind the scenes and backstage footage, the tone of which is clearly inspired by the pioneering formats of films such as D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back and the Maysles brothers' .
· · On March 18th , Leonard Cohen began a city European tour, beginning in Dublin and ending in Jerusalem on April 21st. Other cities included London at the Royal Albert Hall, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin and Tel Aviv. This film is an impression of what happened during that tour.
"Bird on the Wire" is one of Leonard Cohen's signature songs. It was recorded 26 September in Nashville and included on his album Songs from a Room.A May recording produced by David Crosby, titled "Like a Bird", was added to the remastered CD. Judy Collins was the first to release the song on her album Who Knows Where the Time Goes.
· · Adam Cohen, son of the legendary Leonard Cohen, performs his dad's "Bird on the Wire" on the CD and says his own work has benefited greatly from his having such a presence in his life. "No one can pay enough money to have Leonard Cohen stand over your shoulder and say, 'This is good work, this is not good work,' " he says.
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