Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Like a Bird on the Wire
Leonard Cohen - "Bird on the Wire"
This song, the first track off Leonard Cohen's second album, Songs From a Room is the beginning of maybe the most depressing collection of music I have ever heard. Its sound is completely hopeless and the production is spare and flat. Cohen never sounded like a cheery guy, but he never sounded more down than he did here. Still, nearly 40 years after its release, the song endures because of its beautiful honesty and tragic self-deprecation.
If you don't have them already, do yourself a favor and buy his first three albums.