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Re: Mel Gibson - Bird On A Wire

Posted by TheFallen on August 11, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Mel Gibson - Bird On A Wire posted by TheFallen on August 11, 2002

: : : : Can anybody help!!

: : : : I'm trying to find a song from the above film for my uncle's funeral.

: : : : It plays when Mel Gibson comes over the hill on his motorbike and it goes "like a bird.........free.........as a bird, free!"
: : : : Please can somebody tell me the name and musician of this track????

: : : Not exactly the lyrics you posted but kinda close:

: : : Bird On A Wire by Leonard Cohen, Performed by one of the Neville Brothers?

: : : 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.

: : : 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.

: : There's a great version by Joe Cocker.

: Though my all-time favourite movie site (http://us.imdb.com) has fractionally let me down (in that surprisingly it doesn't give a soundtrack listing for this movie), in the credits listed there, it refers separately to both Leonard Cohen and someone called Aaron Neville - maybe there's two different versions of the song used in the movie?

... and from my all-time favourite music site (http://www.allmusic.com), here's a URL showing every album they know about that features a song called "Bird On A Wire". At least 25 out of the 34 versions shown there have been authored by Leonard Cohen, though a fair few artists have covered the track, including the aforementioned Joe Cocker, Fairport Convention (!) and Johnny Cash (!!). Hope this helps your search.