Allison Crowe - Artifacts

by Allison Crowe

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Hallelujah Composed by Leonard Cohen Performed by Allison Crowe I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do you? Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you She tied you to a kitchen chair She broke your throne, she cut your hair And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, baby, I've been here before. I've seen this room, and I've walked this floor. I used to live alone before I knew you. But I've seen your flag on the marble arch, And love is not a victory march, It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, there was a time when you'd let me know What's really going on below, But now you never show that to me, do you? But remember when I moved in you, And the Holy Ghost was moving too, And every breath we drew was Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, maybe there is a God above, But all that I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you. It's not a cry that you hear at night, And it is not somebody who has seen the light It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
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A Case of You Composed by Joni Mitchell Performed by Allison Crowe Just before our love got lost you said I am as constant as a Northern Star And I said, constantly in the darkness Where’s that at? If you want me I’ll be in the bar On the back of a cartoon coaster In the blue tv screen light I drew a map of Canada Oh Canada With your face sketched on it twice Oh you are in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and so sweet Oh I could drink a case of you darling And I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I am frightened by the devil And I’m drawn to those that ain’t afraid And I remember when you told me, you said Love is touching souls Well surely you touched mine ’cause part of you pours out of me In these lines from time to time Oh you’re, you are in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and you taste so sweet Oh I could drink a case of you I could drink a case of you darling And I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet And I met a woman She had a mouth like yours She knew your life She knew your devils and your deeds She said Go to him, stay with him if you can But be prepared to bleed You are in my blood, you’re my holy wine You taste so bitter, baby, and you taste so sweet I could drink a case of you darling I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet
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In My Life Composed by John Lennon & Paul McCartney Performed by Allison Crowe There are places I remember In my life, though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places had their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life I've loved them all But of all these friends and lovers there is no one compares with you And these memories lose their meaning When I think of love as something new Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life I'll love you more Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life I'll love you more In my life I'll love you more
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Let It Be Composed by John Lennon & Paul McCartney Performed by Allison Crowe When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And when the broken hearted people Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, let it be. Though they may be parted There is still a chance that they will see There will be no sorrow, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, Let it be There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be Let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be Though it may be cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me, Shine on 'til tomorrow, let it be. I wake up to the sound of music Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be Let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be Let it be, let it be Oh, let it be There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom Let it be
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Going Home Tonight Words & Music by Allison Crowe I know the night is on us and la lune it moves above just try not to close your eyes The windows float around and the ice flies by our heads and skirts the surface now And you've seen the darker side of me and you still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight Le soleil is a reminder that what once was cold can warm the dark can fall behind her it's in your shadow now the winter's at its end and all can fall to blindness of the freezing rain and I see the darker side of me and I still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight Forget what you have learned here it doesn't matter now not while the grass is greening L'oiseau is loudly singing and the sun becomes her home and everything is fallen the curtains drop as she takes hold And sees the darker side of me and she still finds a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight And I see the darker side of me and I still find a light it's not much further now We're going home tonight We’re going home Tonight
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Whether I'm Wrong Words & Music by Allison Crowe Don't want to raise my head The world is covered in rage Voices calling out in anger Entering erratically into another age Shadow puppets on the wall Don't know who to believe In the darkness standing tall With a smile upon your face And I have a right, to Have a voice, have a say Whether I'm wrong, or whether I'm right It doesn't really matter anymore You've put up a wall You've put up a fight And now it seems we've forgotten What all that was for Whether you don't want to Or whether you can't see What is right in front of your face Time is running out And we're already losing ground With the human race Don't want to raise my hand Don't know why I'm scared to say I feel like I want to call out Feel like I want to run away And I don't know why anyone Should have to suffer anymore I don't know a lot of anything But I do wonder what all of this is for And you have a right, too To have a voice, have a say Whether I'm wrong Or whether I'm right It doesn't really matter anymore You've put up a wall We've put up a fight And now it seems we've forgotten What all of that was for Whether you don't want to Or whether you can't see What is right in front of your face Time is running out And we're already losing ground With the human race
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Sea of A Million Faces Words & Music by Allison Crowe I pulled a knife on myself today I don’t know what I was thinking All of these words trapped inside my head I feel like I’ve been drinking And I know you don’t want to see Me this way... In a sea of a million faces I feel so alone I only have you to hold on to So please don’t go, don’t go. And so I walk through the moonlit streets But the light evades me Lost in the darkness of endless nights I am cold and I’m afraid and I wish that I could see... you this way too... In a sea of a million faces I feel so alone I only have you to hold on to So please don’t go, don’t go I would have crawled for ten thousand days Just to get back to you With dirty knees and a wind torn face I don’t know what I’m supposed to do And I don’t ever want To see you this way...
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Double-Edged Swords Words & Music by Allison Crowe Going backwards on the train to France As Germany flies by I find myself distracted and Wondering where and what and why I’m running away, running faster still Slamming into a wall The trips that I take myself on Always lead to a fall So don’t hurt me, then maybe do Maybe just let me be I don’t want to believe in anything And I am not sure that I am free If anything, don’t lie to me Just to play at words Either run, walk, or attack me You and your double-edged swords I don’t know why I get so close So enraged, so serious I don’t know why my lucidities Always lead to delirious… But, they do, oh my they do And I delight in the blood Far beneath these wings, I think, is something less than good So, don’t hurt me, but, then, maybe do Maybe just let me be I don’t want to believe in anything And I am not sure that I am free If anything don’t lie to me just to play at words Either run, walk, or attack me You and your double-edged swords Now, maybe this is just my imagination If so ignore this proclamation Hell, now I’m filled with indignation So please accept my resignation I’m unpredictable, unwise at times Dangerous in changing light Too deep, too dark to see through Or clear, calm and bright So, if you think you’re trouble What does that make me If you think you’re the forest, baby That makes me the sea So don’t hurt me, well, then, maybe do Maybe just let me be I don’t want to believe in anything And I am not sure that I am free If anything, don’t lie to me just to play at words Either run, walk or attack me You and your double-edged swords Don’t hurt me Maybe just a little Maybe just let me be I don’t want to believe in anything and, then again, I kinda do So, if anything don’t lie to me just to play at words Either run, walk or attack me You and your double-edged swords Either run, walk or attack me You and your double-edged swords
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O Holy Night Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847 (Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle); translated from French to English by John S. Dwight (1812-1893) Music: Adolphe C. Adam (1803-1856) Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night divine, O night, O night divine! O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night divine, O night, O night divine!
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released December 31, 2014

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