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Video: The Black Lips Fight a Cockroach, Conquer New York

June 26, 2008 4:36 PM ET

Garage punkers the Black Lips are some of the greatest road warriors on the rock scene, and Rock Daily caught up with them for a night of debauchery. Click above for the band's debate about what they prefer to get hit with onstage and find out what happens when they are attacked by a cockroach.

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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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