If I could have one super power, I would want to fly like a bird.
Some songs get covered more than others.
Love me a well executed
but I had trouble choosing one.
I thought there would be so many I wouldn’t know which one to pick, but then I drew a blank. Perhaps there are just too many that my mind wouldn’t come up with any at all.
Oh, wait…here’s one:
The great Leonard Cohen originally wrote it, but this is the one I know from my childhood. (Lyrics may vary slightly.)
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.
I liked this Neville Brothers rendition and sound, as a child, because I heard them singing about a bird, up on a wire and flying free.
So many parts of life feel like restraints. I have always imagined, when I’ve heard a bird fly overhead, that I could be free up there too, with a new and different overview and perspective on the world.
What super power would you choose and why? What is your favourite song covered?