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Hear Songs from Rolling Stone's April 11th Issue

Rodriguez performs in Byron Bay, Australia.
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March 29, 2013 4:37 PM ET

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, we take an inside look at Macklemore's hard road to the biggest hit of the year and look at singer-songwriter Rodriguez's life after Searching for Sugar Man. Hear songs from these artists and more.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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