annna 954486.Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:06 am
Like a bird ~ above a wire.

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This expression is supplied in a film title and also various songs, however I can"t find its origins or yes, really meaning..Is it an proverb to execute with keeping a bird tied come a string as pet?Or probably it way somebody is listening, prefer a bird ~ above a telephone wire?

djgordy 954515.Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:00 am
So much as I understand it just comes from the track by laughing Leonard Cohen. He saw a bird sit on a telephone cable whilst on holiday on a GreeK island and also it motivated him to write the song. Reportedly he was enduring from depression in ~ the time. He must have been listening come his own earlier catalogue.It"s more than likely a an allegory for miscellaneous or the other.

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Jenny 954523.Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:09 am
Precariously balanced, perhaps?Welcome annna :-)

djgordy 954525.Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:14 am
Of course, it"s a simile, no a metaphor. Ns realised as soon as logged off and spent my last hour and a quarter in the heavy steam room, sauna and spa pool hoping nobody would an alert until I acquired back.Lenny is likening himself to the bird because it sit on call wires crapping ~ above people"s heads, in lot the same way that his tedious, depressing songs crap on people"s feelings of joy and also happiness. Probably.

Jenny 954533.Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:35 am
I conference you and I re-publishing a similar feeling in the direction of Leonard Cohen"s oeuvre, djg.

djgordy 954536.Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:40 am
I quite prefer him yes, really but, it has to be said, he"s a little bit gloomy. Mind you, i listen come Peter Hammill, compared to whom Lenny Cohen comes over favor Chas"n"Dave.Anywho, earlier to the issue in hand, the lyric is:Like a bird top top a wire,Like a drunk in the midnight choir,I have tried in my way to to it is in free. Do of that what girlfriend will.

mckeonj 954538.Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:44 am
I always thought that the phrase in the song described the decoy or entice used by hawkers to attract the hawk back to them.It is a bunch of feathers on the end of a heat which the hawker whirls about his head, and some lures are fitted with a whistle.

suze 954540.Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:12 pm
That Greek island was Hydra, where Leonard Cohen lived for a couple of years in the 60s. He and also his climate girlfriend became friendly through a Norwegian novelist and his wife who additionally lived top top Hydra, and also ended increase swapping partners. That mam was Marianne, around whom he composed a song. (As the goes, he currently owned the famed Blue Raincoat by then; that bought the in one of two people London or Cambridge top top a poetry reading pilgrimage to the UK in 1959. But he says that the tune of the name is about someone else, and the human to who it is addressed is not the Norwegian.)The way LC tells it, when he very first went to Hydra it had actually no telephones and hence no poles or wires. But telephony devices was installed during his time there, and also so for a if the poles and wires to be the only thing the one noticed when walking around.

Jenny 954541.Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:21 pm
The Beautiful southern did a song dubbed Blackbird ~ above the Wire, i beg your pardon was likewise pretty depressing, tbh, yet quite an excellent anyway.

djgordy 954560.Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:25 pm
suze wrote:
That mam was Marianne, about whom he created a song.
Was that the "Suzanne bring away you under to her location near the river" one?

cornixt 954572.Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:01 pm
So lengthy Marianne would be the one. I"m guessing the Suzanne is about someone referred to as Suzanne.

suze 954586.Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:24 pm
djgordy wrote:
suze wrote:
That mam was Marianne, about whom he created a song.
Was it the "Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river" one?Yes, that"s right.And i was called after the personality from So lengthy Marianne.

Spud McLaren 954938.Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:38 pm
Maybe this would describe it. Watch for wherein they perch - probably a wire fence, speak - a rapid application that lime, and also hey presto...

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Posital 954949.Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:50 pm
I believed it supposed that you were out in the open, a little exposed. However I prefer McK"s idea the a lure...

gerontius grumpus 955372.Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:19 pm
suze wrote:
djgordy wrote:
suze wrote:
That mam was Marianne, about whom he wrote a song.
Was that the "Suzanne take away you under to her place near the river" one?Yes, that"s right.And ns was named after the character from So lengthy Marianne.Tee hee!

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