Leonard Cohen – Bird on the wire, Pop-Rock (Munich 1979): This is soul search time my friends, It’s time to understand the song of the bird!

The most beautiful interpretation of “Like The Bird On The Wire“, ever. Perla flies like a dove above all, off a wire up in the skies, and dive on the winds of the accordeon, so divinely played. Perla Batalla is the priestess of freedom and joy of life everlasting in this magnificent scene: Sweet like nectar, and the salt of the Earth. If Leonard is the man, Perla is the woman, the lover, enchanter, charmer, the voice. Do you see that too, or is it only me?

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. 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.


You will find this on one of the Special features of the DVD “I’m Your Man”, together with other grand music and musicians.

The soundtrack bellow also show the magnitude of this special musical event dedicated to the numerous artistic accomplishments of Leonard Cohen, One of the most open minded composer for the heart, mind and soul of his fellow human beings

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Theatrical poster
Directed by Lian Lunson
Produced by Lian Lunson
Mel Gibson
Written by Lian Lunson
Based on “Came So Far for Beauty” by
Hal Willner
Starring Leonard Cohen
Nick Cave
Rufus Wainwright
Martha Wainwright
Perla Batalla
Music by Leonard Cohen
Cinematography Geoffrey Hall
John Pirozzi
Editing by Mike Cahill
Studio Sundance Channel
Horse Pictures
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,398,424[1]

The film’s soundtrack was released by Verve Forecast in July 2006. It included performances mostly recorded at an earlier incarnation of the show in Brighton, May 2004.

  1. Martha Wainwright, “Tower of Song”
  2. Teddy Thompson, “Tonight Will Be Fine”
  3. Nick Cave, “I’m Your Man”
  4. Kate and Anna McGarrigle with Martha Wainwright, “Winter Lady”
  5. Beth Orton, “Sisters of Mercy”
  6. Rufus Wainwright, “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”
  7. Antony, “If It Be Your Will”
  8. Jarvis Cocker, “I Can’t Forget”
  9. The Handsome Family, “Famous Blue Raincoat
  10. Perla Batalla, “Bird on the Wire
  11. Rufus Wainwright, “Everybody Knows
  12. Martha Wainwright, “The Traitor”
  13. Nick CavePerla Batalla and Julie Christensen, “Suzanne
  14. Teddy Thompson, “The Future”
  15. Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, “Anthem”
  16. Leonard Cohen and U2, “Tower of Song”
  17. Laurie Anderson, “The Guests” (iTunes Store bonus track)

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