This Leonard Cohen classic has been covered by Jennifer Warnes (on 1987's "Famous Blue Raincoat" collection AKA "Jenny Sings Lenny"), as well as by Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Joe Cocker, Bob Benvenuti, Katey Sagal (for the US tv program "Sons of Anarchy"), Tim Hardin, The Neville Brothers... in total, more than 140 recording artists since its release on Cohen's 1969 album "Songs from a Room".
Nearly a decade ago, Crowe's singular cover of another Leonard Cohen masterwork, "Hallelujah"
Says the good Doctor:
"Allison Crowe's cover of Leonard Cohen's classic 'Bird On The Wire' is mournful and, true to the lyrics of the song, conscientiously abjures cheap conventional sentiment or ginning up the type of pseudo-consolation that relies on false promises of living happily ever after, e.g., that irreparable conflicts will somehow be resolved, emotional damages repaired, or the pain of personal loss alleviated. Yet, Crowe's voice and phrasing convey such empathy and intimacy that solace and succor are nonetheless granted through grace.
It's a great cover of a great song."
This holiday week Allison Crowe is busy rehearsing the cast of "Newfoundland Vinyl": http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/