Crowe: Covers, Live + Rare

by Allison Crowe

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Snow (song) Words & Music by Allison Crowe Ice blue, silence first snow falls whispers peacefully Floating, reeling you land On everybody Keeping them warm Alive, dancing through the air on the winds Falling, landing fixing on all you have seen Set the air find without formation No lines, barricades just abstract light A different shape for every eye that sees A comfort, a brush through all of our eyes Alive, dancing through the air on the winds Falling, landing leaving your light on all that you have seen So smile and watch As the snow falls around us Leaning on us all, too Never, never one shade, Never, never one shape Always in motion Alive, dancing through the air on the winds Always, landing Fixing your light on all that you have seen Alive, dancing through the air on the winds Always, landing Fixing your light on all you have seen Snow (original poem by Allison Crowe) Ice blue, beautiful silence The first snow falls and whispers peacefully Floating and reeling you land in a snowflake On everybody’s jackets Keeping them company Set about the air and find without formation No lines, no barricades just abstract light A different shape for every eye that sees A comfort, a brush through all of our eyes Lively and dancing through the air in the Winter's night on the winds Falling and landing landing and fixing leaving an imprint on all you have seen and in this ice blue silence this beautiful memory, do not guard jealously no time to despair no pain in this cold Just good, just kindness A blanket of memory Soft in the night So smile and watch As the snow falls around us Landing on us all Leaving peace to remember Never one shade, Never one shape Always in motion And beauty inspired
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1000 Oceans Words & Music by Tori Amos As performed by Allison Crowe These tears I've cried I've cried 1000 oceans And if it seems I'm floating in the darkness Well, I can't believe that I would keep keep you from flying So I will cry a thousand more if that's what it takes to sail you home sail you home sail you home I'm aware of what the rules are but you know that I will run You know that I will follow you over Silbury hill through the solar field you know that I will follow you And if I find you will you still remember playing at the trains or does this little blue ball just fade away Over Silbury hill through the solar fields you know that I will follow you I'm aware of what the rules are but you know that I will run you know that I will follow you These tears I've cried I've cried 1000 oceans And if it seems I'm floating in the darkness Well, I can't believe that I would keep keep you from flying So, I will cry A thousand more if that's what it takes to sail you home sail you home sail you home sail you... © Sword & Stone w. lyrics help from hereinmyhead.com
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Raining In Baltimore Words & Music by Steve Bowman, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Dave Immergluck, Matt Malley As performed by Allison Crowe The circus is falling down on its knees Big top is crumbling down It's raining in Baltimore fifty miles east Where you should be, no one's around I need a phone call I need a raincoat I need a big love I need a rain coat These train conversations are passing me by And I don't have nothing to say You get what you paid for But I just had no intention of living this way I need a phone call I need a plane ride I need a sunburn I need a raincoat And I get no answers And I don't get no change It's raining in Baltimore, baby But everything else is the same There's things I remember, there’s things I forget I miss you I guess that I should Three-thousand five-hundred miles away And what would you change if you could? I need a phone call, maybe I should buy a new car I can always hear a freight train, baby, if I listen real hard And I wish, I wish it was a small world ’cause I'm lonely for the big towns I'd like to hear a little guitar I guess it's time to put the top down I need a phone call I need a raincoat I really need a raincoat I really, really need a rain coat I really, really, really need a rain coat I really need a raincoat
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Bird on a Wire Words & Music by Leonard Cohen As Performed by Allison Crowe Like a bird on a wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free Like a fish on a hook Like a knight from some old-fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee And if I have been unkind I hope that you can just let it go by And if I have been untrue Well, I hope you know, I hope you know it was never 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 young man leaning on his wooden crutch Well, he said to me, he said "You must not ask for so much" And a young woman leaning in her darkened door Well, she cried to me, she cried "Hey, why not ask for more" Like a bird on a wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free To be free
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Indifference Words & Music by Pearl Jam As performed by Allison Crowe I will light the match this mornin', so I won't be alone Watch as she lies silent, for soon night will be gone Oh, I will stand arms outstretched, pretend I'm free to roam Oh, I will make my way, through, one more day in Hell How much difference does it make How much difference does it make, yeah I will hold the candle 'til it burns up my arm I'll keep takin' punches until their will grows tired Oh, I will stare the sun down until my eyes go blind I won't change direction, and I won't change my mind How much difference does it make How much difference does it make... how much difference... I'll swallow poison, until I grow immune I will scream my lungs out till it fills this room How much difference How much difference does it make
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Northern Lad Words & Music by Tori Amos As performed by Allison Crowe Had a northern lad 'not exactly had he moved like the sunset God who painted that At first he loved my accent and how his knees could bend I thought we'd be ok me and my molasses But I feel that something is wrong And I feel this cake just isn't done don't say that you don't And if you could see me now Said if you could see me now girls you've got to know that it's time to turn the page when you're only wet because of the rain because, because of the rain, because of the rain 'Don't show much these days it gets so fucking cold I loved his secret places but I can't go anymore "You change like sugar cane" says my northern lad But I guess it goes too far when pianos try to be guitars I feel the west in you and I feel it's falling apart too don't say that you don't And if you could see me now Said if you could see me now girls you've got to know that it's time to turn the page when you're only wet because of the rain when you're only wet because of the rain when you're only wet because of the rain because of the rain © Sword & Stone w. lyrics help from hereinmyhead.com
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Release Words & Music by Pearl Jam As performed by Allison Crowe Father I see the world, feel the chill Which way to go, window-sill I see the world's on a rocking horse of time I see the verse in the rain Ohh.. ohh.. ohh.. ohh.. Oh, dear Dad, can you see me now I am myself, like you somehow I'll ride the wave where it takes me I'll hold the pain.. release me Ohh... ohh... ohh... ohh... Oh, dear Dad, can you see me now I am myself, like you somehow I'll wait up in the dark for you to speak to me I'll open up.. release me.. Release me.. Ohh.. ohh.. ohh.. ohh...
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Both Hands Words & Music by Ani DiFranco As performed by Allison Crowe I am walking out in the rain and I am listening to the low moan of the dial tone again and I am getting nowhere with you and I can't let it go and I can't get through And the old woman behind the pink curtains and the closed door on the first floor she is listening to the air shaft to see how long our swan song will last And both hands now use both hands oh no, don't close your eyes I am writing graffiti all over your body I am drawing the story of how hard we tried how hard we tried And I am watching your chest rise and fall like the tides of my life and the rest of it all and your bones have been my bed-frame and your flesh has been my pillow and I've been waiting for sleep to offer up the deep with both hands oh, with both hands And in each other's shadow we've grown less and less tall and eventually our theories didn't explain it all and now I'm writing our history up on the bedroom wall and when we leave the landlord will come and paint over it all And I'm walking out in the rain and I am listening to the low moan of the dial tone again and I am getting nowhere with you and I can't let it go and I can't get through And both hands yes use both hands oh no don't close your eyes I am writing graffiti on your body I am drawing the story of how hard we tried how hard we tried how hard we tried
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For the Roses Composed by Joni Mitchell Performed by Allison Crowe I heard it in the wind last night, it sounded like applause Did you get a round resounding for you Way up here It seems like many dim years ago since I heard that face-to-face or seen you face to face Though tonight I can feel you here I get these notes on butterflies and lilac sprays from girls who just have to tell me they saw you somewhere In some office sits a poet and he trembles as he sings and he asks some guy to circulate his soul around On your mark red ribbon runner the caressing rev of motors finely-tuned like fancy women in '30s evening gowns Up the charts Off to the airport Your name's in the news Everything's first class The lights go down and it's just you up there getting them to feel like that Remember the days when you used to sit and make up your tunes for love and pour your simple sorrow to the sound-hole on your knee And now you're seen on giant screens and' parties for the press and for people who have slices of you from the company They toss around your latest golden egg speculationm well who's to know if the next one in the nest will glitter for them so I guess I seem ungrateful with my teeth sunk in the hand that brings me things I really can't give up just yet Now I sit up here the critic and they introduce some band But they seem so much confetti looking at them on my TV set Oh, the power and the glory Just when you're getting a taste for worship they start bringing out the hammers and the boards and the nails I heard it in the wind last night it sounded like applause Chilly now End of summer No more shiny hot nights It was just the arbutus rustling and the bumping of the logs and the moon swept down black water like an empty spotlight
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Tonight Will Be Fine Words & Music by Leonard Cohen As performed by Allison Crowe Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past. When we swore to each other that our love would last. You kept right on loving, and I went on a fast Now I am too thin and your love is too vast. And I know from your eyes yes, I know from your smile that tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine for a while Oh, I choose the room that I live in with care, all the windows are empty and the walls almost bare, there is only one room, there is only one prayer; and I listen each night for your step on the stair 'cause I know from your eyes yes, I know from your smile that tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine for a while And sometimes I see her undressing for me, she's the soft naked lady love meant her to be but to see her moving so brave and so free. If I've got to remember that's a fine memory 'cause I know from your eyes and I know from your smile that tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine for a while and I know from your eyes yes, I know from your smile that tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine for a while
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Mary Conposed by Patty Griffin Performed by Allison Crowe Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ashes You're covered in rain You're covered in babies, you're covered in slashes You're covered in wilderness, you're covered in stains You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud Of another man who served the world proud You greet another son, you lose another one On some sunny day and always you stay, Mary Jesus said Mother I couldn't stay another day longer Flies right by and leaves a kiss on her face While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place Oh, Mary she moves behind me I see her fingerprints everywhere Even when the snow drifts, even when the sand shifts Even when the night lifts, she's always there Jesus said Mother I couldn't stay another day longer Flies right by and leaves a kiss on her face While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place Oh, Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ruins You're covered in secrets Your'e covered in treetops, you're covered in birds who can sing a million songs without any words You cast aside the sheets, you cast aside the shroud of another man who served the world proud You greet another son, you lose another one on some sunny day and always you stay Mary Oh, Mary You’re covered in roses you’re covered in roses you’re covered in roses Mary
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Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) Words & Music by Melanie Safka As performed by Allison Crowe Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown We were so close there was no room We bled inside each others' wounds We all had caught the same disease We all sang songs of peace Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown So raise your candles high 'cause if you don't We could stay black against the night Oh raise them higher again Then if you do we could stay dry against the rain Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown We were so close there was no room We bled inside each others' wounds We all had caught the same disease We all sang the songs of peace Some came to sing, some came to pray Some came to keep the dark away So raise candles high 'cause if you don't We could stay black against the night Oh oh raise them higher again Then if you do we could stay dry against the rain Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown Lay down lay down lay it all down Let your white birds smile up At the ones who stand and frown...
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Doughnut Song Words & Music by Tori Amos As performed by Allison Crowe Had me a trick and a kick and your message You'll never gain weight from a doughnut hole Then thought that I could decipher your message There's no one here, dear No one at all And if I'm wasting all your time this time Said you never learned to take And if I'm hanging on to your full shade I guess I'm way beyond the pale And southern men can grow gold can grow 'purty' Blood can be pretty like a delicate man Copper to steel and a hinge that is faltered that let's you in let's you in let's you in And if I'm wasting all your time this time Guess you never learned to take If I'm hanging on to your full shade Guess I'm way beyond the pale Something's, something's just keeping you numb You told me last night that you were a sun now with your very own devoted satellite I'm happy for you and I am sure that I hate you Two sons too many, too many able fires You've been wasting all my time this time Said you never learned to take And if I'm hanging on to your shade I guess I'm way beyond the pale I guess I'm way beyond the pale Had me a trick and a kick and your message You'll never gain weight from a doughnut hole © Sword & Stone w. lyrics help from hereinmyhead.com
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Who Will Save Your Soul Words & Music by Jewel Kilcher As performed by Allison Crowe People living their lives for you on tv They say they're better than you and you agree Another burger, another hot dog, some fries A wish in the well, hope your health don't go to hell, well Another doctor's bill, another lawyer's bill Another cute cheap thrill You know you love him if you put him in your will CHORUS: Who will save your soul when it comes to the flower Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy Who will save your soul if you won't save your own? We try to hustle them, try to bustle them, try to cuss them The cops want someone to bust down on Orleans Avenue Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower Went up where the homeless had their homes So we pray to as many different gods as there are flowers But we call religion our friend We're so worried about saving our souls Afraid that god will take his toll That we forget to begin CHORUS Some are walking, some are talking, some are stalking their kill You got social security, but that don't pay your bills There are addictions to feed and there are mouths to pay So you bargain with the devil, say you're o.k. for today You say that you love them, take their money and run Say, it's been swell, sweetheart But it was just one of those things Those flings, those strings you've got to cut So get out on the streets, girls, and bust your butts CHORUS
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Josephine Words & Music by Tori Amos As performed by Allison Crowe Not tonight, Josephine In an army's strength therein lies the denouement From here you're haunting me by the Seine so beautiful only not to be of use Impossible, impossible So strange, victory, 1,200 spires the only sound was Moscow burning Empty like the Tuileries Like a dream Vienna seems only not to be of use Impossible, impossible For the last extremity, to advance or not to advance I hear you laughing Even still you're calling me not tonight, not tonight not tonight, Josephine © Sword & Stone w. lyrics help from hereinmyhead.com
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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart As performed by Allison Crowe Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree? I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas Everybody's looking for something Some of them want to use you Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you Some of them want to be abused Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree? I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas Everybody's looking for something Some of them want to use you Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you Some of them want to be abused Hold your head up Keep your head up Keep your head up Keep your head up Keep your head up movin' on movin' on Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree?
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Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Music & Words - Elton John & Bernie Taupin As Performed by - Allison Crowe And now I know, that Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say I thought I knew But now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City Until you've seen that trash can dream come true You stand at the edge while the people run you through And I thank the Lord that there's people out there like you I thank the Lord that there's people out there like you While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers Turn around and say good morning to the night For unless they see the sky But they can't and that is why They know not if it's dark outside or light This Broadway's got a lot of songs to sing If I knew the tune I might join in I go my way alone I grow my own, my own seeds shall be sown in New York City Subway's no way for a good man to go down Rich man may ride while the hobo he can drown And I thank the Lord for the people that I have found I thank the Lord for the people that I have found While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers Turn around and say good morning to the night For unless they see the sky But they can't and that is why They know not if it's dark outside or light Now I know, that Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say I thought I knew But now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City Subway's no way for a good man to go down Rich man may ride while the hobo he can drown And I thank the Lord for the people that I have found Thank the lord for the people that I have found While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers Turn around and say good morning to the night For unless they see the sky But they can't and that is why They know not if it's dark outside or light They know not if it's dark outside or light They know not if it's dark outside or light
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Both Sides Now Composed by Joni Mitchell As Performed by Allison Crowe Rows and floes of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But clouds got in my way I've looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down, and still somehow It's cloud illusions I recall I really don't know clouds at all Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels The dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real I've looked at love that way But now it's just another show You leave 'em laughing when you go And if you care, don't let them know Don't give yourself away I've looked at love from both sides now From give and take, and still somehow It's love's illusions I recall I really don't know love at all Tears and fears and feeling proud To say "I love you" right out loud Dreams and schemes and circus crowds I've looked at life that way But now old friends are acting strange They shake their heads, they say I've changed Well something's lost, but something's gained In living every day I've looked at life from both sides now From win and lose and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall I really don't know life at all I've looked at life from both sides now From up and down and still somehow It's life's illusions I recall I really don't know life at all © 1967 Gandalf Publishing Co.
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32 Flavors Words & Music by Ani DiFranco As performed by Allison Crowe Squint your eyes and look closer I'm not between you and your ambition I am a poster girl with no poster I am thirty-two flavors and then some and I'm beyond your peripheral vision so you might want to turn your head cause someday you're going to get hungry and eat most of the words you just said Both my parents taught me about good will and I have done well by their names just the kindness I've lavished on strangers is more than I can explain still there's many who've turned out their porch lights just so I would think they were not home and hid in the dark of their windows till I'd passed and left them alone And God help you if you are an ugly girl course too pretty is also your doom cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room and god help you if you are a phoenix and you dare to rise up from the ash a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy while you are just flying past I'm not trying to give my life meaning by demeaning you and I would like to state for the record I did everything that I could do I'm not saying that I'm a saint I just don't want to live that way no, I will never be a saint but I will always say Squint your eyes and look closer I'm not between you and your ambition I am a poster girl with no poster I am thirty-two flavors and then some and I'm beyond your peripheral vision so you might want to turn your head cause someday you might find you're starving and eating all of the words you said
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Creep Words & Music by Thom Yorke, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood, Edward John O'Brien, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood, Philip Selway - Radiohead As performed by Allison Crowe When you were here before, I couldn't look you in the eye You're just like an angel, Your skin makes me cry And you float like a feather In a beautiful world I wish I was special So very special But I'm a creep, And I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here I don't care if it hurts, I wanna have control I want a perfect body I want a perfect soul And I want you to notice when I'm not around I wish I was' special So very special But I'm a creep And I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here She's running out again She's running run run run run... oh, run... run... run... Whatever makes you happy Whatever you want You're so very special I wish I was special But I'm a creep, And I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here I don't belong here
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Unstable Words & Music - Allison Crowe I thought I could push this to the back of my mind I thought I'd left all the fear behind I thought that I could just walk away And there'd be nothing more to say But I saw you headed for the hills And I think you are running from yourself still Except this time it's you who has to live With what you do not me Do you think I'm crazy? Well you haven't seen me yet Do you think I'm unstable? You don't know the half of it And all I can see are shadows of memory But I still can't see anything real It's dark in here It's hopeless There's something wrong here But I can't quite tell what it is But I saw you headed for the door Like every coward I've seen before Except this time it's my (your) blood fallen to the floor I can't breathe and I... Do you think I'm crazy? Well you haven't seen me yet Do you think I'm unstable? You don't know the half of it Saw you again today After all my hopes were torn away The pages blurred in front of me And the pain shot through me I cannot see your face And I can't remember anything Ya think I'm crazy? Well you haven't seen me yet Do you think I'm unstable? You don't know the half of it
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Smells Like Teen Spirit Words & Music by Kurt Cobain ~ Nirvana As performed by Allison Crowe Load up on guns and bring your friends it's fun to lose and to pretend she's over bored and self assured oh no, I know a dirty word hello hello hello hello... With the lights out it's less dangerous here we are now, entertain us I feel stupid and contagious here we are now entertain us a mulatto an albino a mosquito my libido yeah I'm worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed our little group has always been and always will until the end hello hello hello hello... with the lights out it's less dangerous here we are now entertain us i feel stupid and contagious here we are now entertain us a mulatto an albino a mosquito my libido yeah and I forget just why I taste oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile I found it hard it was hard to find oh well, whatever nevermind hello hello hello hello... with the lights out it's less dangerous here we are now entertain us I feel stupid and contagious here we are now entertain us a mulatto an albino a mosquito my libido yeah, a denial a denial a denial...
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Christmas in the Harbour Composed by Gary O’Driscoll Performed by Allison Crowe Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour Church bells ring out loud and clear People come from far and near All men drink their Christmas cheer It's Christmas in the harbour Younger faces all aglow smile beneath the mistletoe Yule log embers brightly glow It's Christmas in the harbour Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour Children sleep without a sound all nestled in their eider-down Snow is falling softly down It's Christmas in the harbour Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour Trees are laden down with snow It's off to midnight mass we go Hand-in-hand across the snow It's Christmas in the harbour Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour Younger know, they dance and sing and join in all the jannying Peace on earth, good will to men It's Christmas in the harbour Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour Toora-loora, loora-lay Christ the King was born today Hark the herald angels say It's Christmas in the harbour

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“Crowe: Covers, Live + Rare” is an unique collection of Allison Crowe recordings.

The Canadian singer-songwriter enjoys the art of interpretation - and is inspired by songwriters from all over the musical spectrum. Gathered here is a set of rare, and, often, live, covers and recordings of rock, folk/roots, and pop music captured over the years 2001 - 2016.

Hear Allison Crowe at the piano in her living room, picking up a guitar in the kitchen, or taking her spot beneath the lights to sing and play favourite tunes of Tori Amos, Leonard Cohen, Pearl Jam, Ani DiFranco, Annie Lennox, Patty Griffin and other artists represented in recordings from home and stage.

A rarely-performed live addition to this collection is from a 2008 European tour: "Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters" - a song from Elton John's classic 1972 album "Honky Château". Here's raw bootleg audio of Allison's performance from Tunnel - an underground jazz and blues club in Vienna, Austria.

Also here is a version of "Bird on a Wire" which Allison arranged several different ways - in 2012 when she performed live on-stage with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, for "The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen".

Rare, too, are those recordings of original songs - "Snow" and "I'm Alright" - included in this collection alongside numerous of Allison's singular interpretations.

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released January 6, 2016

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