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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



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    UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    A cry for forgiveness and exposing a feeling of remorse for all the things that have gone wrong in a relationship that still has meaning if only the one being asked in the song would open their heart and see the why of it.
  • u
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    UnregisteredMar 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    A person, man or woman apologizing about their untruthfulness to their loved one, omparing it with several happenings, but still being very confused, sad and still feeling guilty.

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