Tej on “Bird on the Wire”

Topics: Leonard Cohen, Poetry, Love Pages: 2 (534 words) Published: May 26, 2013
Bird on the Wire by Cohen Leonard is a personal song that talks about the great challenges of humanity. The poem first starts off saying that people are very free but still confined by comparing us to birds on a wire. Then the song talks about making mistakes and hurting people but always trying make it up. I believe that this is a sad song about feeling out of luck and down, and always trying to find yourself from within.

I personally really enjoyed the message the second verse was trying to say. In the song, the stillborn baby hurt the ones who tried to love him emotionally and the beast with his horn hurt the person, who came near it, physically. It shows that a beast will always be a beast and do what it was made to do--which is to hurt people. In this case, Cohen is likely referring t himself as the beast and always hurting and pushing away the ones he loves. This verse really had a connection to one of the friends I know. She always pushes away the ones she loves away because she is scared she is going to hurt them. But I have learned that you can’t always be pushing people away because someday nobody will come back, and you will just end up hurting yourself.

In addition, I liked how the song ended with a beggar and a pretty lady. Although I don’t really see how it ties in with the rest of the song lyrics, I still enjoyed the message of this verse. I believe it is trying to say that when we don’t have anything we realize that we don’t need that much in life. But when we have everything, we always have the urge to ask for more. This really relates to my everyday life. My family and I have always lived a luxurious life from being able to afford all the necessities for life. We ended up asking for more and more because we loved the feeling of getting new things. This resulted in a lack ofappreciation for things in life. On the other hand, when my grandparents were small, they were very poor and couldn’t afford many things in life; therefore, they...
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