Leonard Cohen sings Bird on The Wire followed by Everybody knows at the 10,000 strong open air concert at the IMMA in Kilmainham Dublin on September 11th 2012
“Bird on the Wire” is one of Leonard Cohen‘s signature songs. It was recorded 26 September 1968 in Nashville and included on his 1969 albumSongs from a Room. A May 1968 recording produced by David Crosby, entitled “Like a Bird”, was added to the 2007 remastered CD. Judy Collinswas the first to release the song on her 1968 album Who Knows Where the Time Goes.
In the 1960s, Cohen lived on the Greek island Hydra with his girlfriend Marianne (the woman depicted on Songs from a Room’s back cover). She has related how she helped him out of a depression by handing him his guitar, whereupon he began composing “Bird on the Wire” – inspired by a bird sitting on one of Hydra’s recently installed phone wires, followed by memories of wet island nights. He finished it in a Hollywood motel.
Cohen has described “Bird on the Wire” as a simple country song, and the first recording, by Judy Collins, was indeed done in a country setting. He later made various minor changes, such as the modifications present on Cohen Live. Different renditions are included on all of his live albums. On occasion he also performed Serge Lama‘s French version, “Vivre tout seul”, in concert.
In the sleevenotes to a 2007 release of Songs From A Room the song was described as “simultaneously a prayer and an anthem, a kind ofbohemian My Way. Kris Kristofferson once told Cohen that he wanted the song’s opening lines (Like a bird on the wire/like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free) to serve as his epitaph.”
Songwriters: COHEN, LEONARD
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.
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/bird+on+the+wire_20082816.html ]
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.
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This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss
A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When he first observed superconductivity, what did he think it was? More… Discuss
Liquid hydrogen (LH2) is the liquid state of the element hydrogen. Hydrogen is found naturally in the molecular H2 form. To exist as a liquid, H2 must be pressurized and cooled to a very low temperature, 20.28 K (−423.17 °F/−252.87°C). One common method of obtaining liquid hydrogen involves a compressor resembling a jet engine in both appearance and principle. Liquid hydrogen is typically used as a concentrated form of hydrogen storage. As in any gas, storing it as liquid takes less space than storing it as a gas at normal temperature and pressure. Once liquefied it can be maintained as a liquid in pressurized and thermally insulated containers.
Liquid hydrogen consists of 99.79% parahydrogen, 0.21% orthohydrogen.
Helium exists in liquid form only at extremely low temperatures. The boiling point and critical point depend on the isotope of the helium; see the table below for values. The density of liquid helium-4 at its boiling point and 1 atm is approximately 0.125 g/mL
Helium-4 was first liquefied on 10 July 1908 by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. Liquid helium-4 is used as a cryogenic refrigerant; it is produced commercially for use in superconducting magnets such as those used in MRI or NMR. It is liquefied using the Hampson-Linde cycle.
The temperatures required to liquefy helium are low because of the weakness of the attraction between helium atoms. The interatomic forces are weak in the first place because helium is a noble gas, but the interatomic attraction is reduced even further by quantum effects, which are important in helium because of its low atomic mass. The zero point energy of the liquid is less if the atoms are less confined by their neighbors; thus the liquid can lower its ground state energy by increasing the interatomic distance. But at this greater distance, the effect of interatomic forces is even weaker.
Because of the weak interatomic forces, helium remains liquid down to absolute zero; helium solidifies only under great pressure. At sufficiently low temperature, both helium-3 and helium-4 undergo a transition to a superfluid phase (see table below).
Liquid helium-3 and helium-4 are not completely miscible below 0.9 K at the saturated vapor pressure. Below this temperature a mixture of the two isotopes undergoes phase separation into a lighter normal fluid that is mostly helium-3, and a denser superfluid that is mostly helium-4. (This occurs because the system can lower its enthalpy by separating.) At low temperatures, the helium-4 rich phase may contain up to 6% of helium-3 in solution, which makes possible the existence of the dilution refrigerator, capable of reaching temperatures of a few millikelvin above absolute zero.
Properties of Liquid Helium Helium-4 Helium-3
Critical temperature 5.2 K 3.3 K
Boiling point at 1 atm 4.2 K 3.2 K
Minimum melting pressure 25 atm 29 atm at 0.3 K
Superfluid transition temperature at saturated vapor
pressure 2.17 K 1 m K in zero magnetic field
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In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that “if you see it in The Sun, it’s so,” she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church‘s lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. “Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias,” wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More… Discuss
One strategy that some governments have adopted to curb smoking is the imposition of high cigarette taxes, but for those smokers it does not deter, the resulting financial burden can be a heavy one. In the state of New York, which imposes a $4.35 tax on every pack ofcigarettes—the highest such tax in the US—low-income smokers spend nearly a quarter of their earnings on cigarettes. Researchers suggest that more of this tax money should therefore be used to fund programs that help low-income smokerskick the habit. More… Discuss
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Grosmont Castle is a ruined castle in Wales very near the English border. It was one of three castles in the area and dates to the 11th or 12th century. It was probably used as an administrative center before being converted to a fortress. In the 13th century, King Henry III‘s son Edmund made the castle his residence and rebuilt part of it. He constructed a giant false doorway through which one could access the castle’s lower floors but not his living quarters. How, then, did he get in and out? More… Discuss
Callatis Fortress (click to access website)
The Greek merchants and navigators, attracted by the favorable position and by the advantages of the trade with the native Getae, have founded at the Black Sea shore, about 25 centuries ago, some settlements which became, in time, prosperous cities. One of them is Callatis situated on the place of today’s Mangalia (in Greek Callatis means the (most) beautiful). ——————————————————More
Location of Mangalia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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