August 25, 2007

Bird on the Wire -- Aaron Neville Lays It Down

A great song raised to new heights by a great singer.


Bird on the Wire

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.
-- Leonard Cohen

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Posted by Vanderleun at August 25, 2007 5:15 PM | TrackBack
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Nice, and I usually like him a lot...but you have to check out Jennifer Warnes' version on her CD (remember those?) "Famous Blue Raincoat". Really stunning. Cheers

Posted by: Arthur at August 25, 2007 6:22 PM

So, as I was coming out of the grocery store, parked next to my heap was an SUV, and a gentleman, who looked exactly like Michael Clarke Duncan (Go rent The Green Mile) was sitting in the passenger side of his vehicle, eyes closed, listening intently to a really soulful Annie Lennox, which I found impressive, since his windows were rolled down, and I could hear and appreciate his good taste in music.
He opened his eyes, and acknowledge me silently, smiling and turning up the music. I smiled broadly, nodding my head, and gave him a thumbs up. He smiled back, and the dance of music appreciators discovering one another began.
"I love her! Here, bruthah, give this lady a listen, and then tell me what you think."
I started my car, and turned on my Eva Cassidy cd, to track 3 and the stranger in the car beamed,
"Who is that? She's AWESOME!"
I told him, and he'd never ever heard of her. But the serendipity of having discovered a fellow
music lover, strike that, a fellow GOOD music lover.... sent us both hurtling forward into one
of the most satisfying meetings possible.
I told him briefly about Eva Cassidy, her short and obscure life, unfortunate death, and her meteoric posthumous and quite accidental rise to fame. Every now and then, his eyes widened, and
a cry of disbelief and a head shake punctuated the story, making it even better. That is when I asked him his name, and so I introduce you to Mr. Randy Brown, professional bass player, guitarist and all-round Thursday night performer at the Alley Kat on Lemon Street in Lancaster who introduced me to his wife, Pearl, who was getting into the driver's side.
After repeating the story of Eva Cassidy, I gave them my name, and then I pulled Eva out of the player and handed her over to her new owners Randy and Pearl, and the look of startled unforeseen pleasure and surprise crossed their faces. Randy stepped out, and taking the Eva cd, planted a very fatherly kiss on my cheek, and I did likewise, and told him to pass it on to Pearl, who was shaking her head and grinning.
So, Thursday, I am going to go see Randy Brown play bass at the Alley Kat at around 9:30 pm.
(is it me, or all the bass players named Brown?)
My absolute favorite Aaron Neville song is Oh Mary Don't you Weep. The jazz station broadcasting out of Temple U in Philly plays it virtually every Sunday morning, and I never get tired of hearing it. If you haven't heard Eva's music, google her...you won't be disappointed.

Posted by: Jauhara al Kafirah at August 26, 2007 10:05 AM

Perhaps the best musical apology for the fact that while we are human, we seek, and while we seek, we hurt those who love us. Neville, with Linda Ronstadt, also recorded as good a definition as words will allow of what life is all about:

I don't know much, but I know I love you.
That may be all I need to know.
Don't know much, but I know I love you.
That may be all there is to know.

Posted by: askmom at August 27, 2007 3:50 AM
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