Two birds on a wire
One tries to fly away
And the other watches him close from that wire
He says he wants to as well
But he is a liar

I'll believe it all
There's nothing I won't understand

I'll believe it all
I won't let go of your hand

Two birds on a wire
One says c'mon and the other says "I'm tired"
The sky is overcast and I'm sorry
One more or one less
Nobody's worried

I'll believe it all
There's nothing I won't understand

I'll believe it all
I won't let go of your hand

Two birds of a feather
Say that they're always gonna stay together
But one's never going to let go of that wire
He says that he will
But he's just a liar

Two birds on a wire
One tries to fly away and the other
Watches him close from that wire
He says he wants to as well, but he is a liar

Two birds on a wire
One tries to fly away and the other



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"Two Birds" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +9
    General Comment:I can't help but think that the old Regina would have ended the song with:
    "Two birds on a wire
    One tries to fly away and the other
    (Spoken) Won't move from that same f*cking wire..."

    I don't think this song is so much about a relationship, but just normal Regina observations of people. How some people will try new things, and others won't. How people miss out, stick to what they know, stay with people because it is safe, etc.
    Imahollowplayon June 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Although this song has such a happy beat, I get a negative feel from it. I imagine someone in a bad relationship, where the partner is controlling it. {I'll just use "he" as the controller and "she" as the other person to make it easier.} She always tells him stuff like, "C'mon! Let's go do something," and he always has some excuse like, "I wish I could, but I'm busy." Near the end of the song, she tries to get out of the relationship, but he makes her feel guilty.

    "Two birds on a wire
    One tries to fly away and the other
    Watches him close from that wire
    He says he wants to as well, but he is a liar"

    I get a "Don't leave me; I'll change!" vibe from those lines.
    kopraon June 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think it's also inspired by this song by Leonard Cohen, Bird on A Wire..

    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.
    tossyourplasticon June 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I like this song. But I think it may not be about a couple or even a husband and wife. It also might not be as negative as everyone's thinking. Really, the birds could be anyone. Regina wrote it vague leaving it up to interpretation. That's what makes her songs so easy to relate to. So, it could just be about a parent unable to let go of their child, or two friends becoming themselves, and so going seperate ways.

    Old friends, the kind that are so close they're attached at the hip - practically inseperable, who planned to stay together; go to the same schools, live close to one another, keep in touch. Some people are content staying where they are in life, never aspiring to be more. I think the "lying" bird is one of those people. Especially with its "One more or one less / Nobody's worried" attitude. The other is looking for adventure, and seems to believe that their "lying" friend still wants the same things as they do, which holds them back. There's no conflict between them, but a difference in personalities and life goals that has grown apparent, and so these birds are stuck.
    gheneefuron June 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is a cute song. Just a random though, but tt really reminds of the movie "Up" for some reason. The old man's wife died so she's let go of the wire, and the old man just won't let go.
    HaverchuckTheStudon June 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think its about a relationship and the guy has comittment issues or something...he never is ready for the next step..he is happy where he is but he is holding back the other bird that wants so much more until finally the bird just leaves.
    morikahjoon June 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:When I first heard this song, I was in shock. I felt like the bird that wouldn't let go of the wire. Me and my brother are very close, and he is graduating next year and wants to go out and do something big. He wants to join the coast guard or the army and fly away from our little wire. I want him to live his life and dreams but I don't know what will happen after he flies away.
    FiddlerJoneson July 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think the song is about two people,
    doesn't matter the relationship,
    we only know they are close.
    They are always together.
    One wants to spread their wings,
    they want to do something with themselves...
    And the other is too scared.
    The other just wants the comfort of his wire.

    (It's like a couple and one goes to college, and the other lives with his mother for a long time.
    That's just an example....)
    itsallgood1227on October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:For those who don't know...both birds are male. "The other watches HIM close from that wire." The bird choosing not to leave -- who is a "he" -- is watching the other bird -- "him" -- from that wire.

    Semantics aside...I always imagine a sort of Disney-ish interpretation of two brother birds on a wire -- one being all happy and gittery, the other grumpy and lazy. As the song continues, the happy one keeps trying to fly away, but the grumpy one doesn't want to leave. The happy one, at first, is okay with it, and waits until he's ready. But as it keeps going, the happy bird gets more and more frustrated with the grumpy bird's unwillingness to leave. At the very end, as Regina's saying "two birds on a wire / one tries to fly away, and the other," the happy bird finally flies away, leaving the other bird sad and alone.

    I don't think this song is only about love, but relationships in general -- friends, siblings (which is probably where "two birds of a feather" come in), or even just a situation or opportunity. If you keep putting things off, like a marriage, or perhaps just some big event, it will eventually pass by; your lover will eventually leave you if you're not willing to commit; your friend / close relative will eventually go away if they feel you're tying to hold them down. Don't hold things too close; don't wait too long.
    loverly23on December 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I believe this song has multiple meanings but this is how I see it.
    It reminds me of a current situation that im in.
    I've been led on by the same guy for over two years.
    He tells me that we're going to hang out and that its going to be great.


    [But one's never going to let go of that wire
    He says that he will...]

    But then he'll always bail on me, or stand me up.

    [But he's just a liar]

    And the next day he'll have some sort of excuse, or lie.

    [One says c'mon and the other says "I'm tired"
    The sky is overcast and I'm sorry]

    I'm just the bird that wants to fly with him
    but he never seems to let go of that wire to fly with me.
    easyluckyfreexon February 10, 2010   Link

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