Aaron Neville’s Cover Of “Bird On A Wire” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music

The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. There was “The Great Pretender,” “Cross Over the Road.” I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen mentioned a number of specific songs he favored. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“Aaron Neville’s got a great version of [Bird On A Wire]” – Leonard Cohen

From the Nov 18, 1992 CBC Radio Morningside interview with Peter Gzowski (bolding mine):

Gzowski: [The recording of Bird On A Wire to be played next] isn’t the best version and neither is yours.

Leonard Cohen: That’s right

Gzowski: Whose is?

Leonard Cohen: Tim Hardin’s is pretty good… Tim Hardin did a very beautiful version of it.2 And also Aaron Neville … Aaron Neville’s got a great version of it.

Aaron Neville – Bird On A Wire


Credit Due Department: Photo by Acumen_. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 25, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.


  1. Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994 []
  2. See Tim Hardin’s Cover Of “Bird On A Wire” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox []

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