This cover of the Raspberries' warmly catchy power–pop classic (which appears on the Dark Shadows soundtrack) is fairly straightforward. But Brandon Flowers' querulous voice lends the track an otherworldly urgency that's well matched to the film's sweetly macabre tone.
“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."