Julianna / At Seventeen

by Allison Crowe

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Julianna 05:54 video
Julianna Composed by Allison Crowe As performed by Allison Crowe and Band It is far too much Too much she cannot hold She expects the worst She receives the cold It wasn't what she hoped, or believed But, it is what she’s got to get her through And another day just goes by for you Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But it kept her down Julianna If you watch her walk away Don’t you dare complain She tried to give you fire But you drowned her in the rain Now, it isn’t what you hoped, or expected And you feel yourself as slighted, and rejected But still another day just goes by for you Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But he kept her down Julianna It will not be that much Not much for you to hold But the little she can give It’s worth its weight in gold It isn’t what she needs, or deserves But you have depleted her reserves And another day will go by, go by for you Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But he kept her down, it kept her down Julianna Julianna
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At Seventeen Composed by Janis Ian As performed by Allison Crowe and Band I learned the truth at seventeen That love was meant for beauty queens And high school girls with clear skinned smiles Who married young and then retired The valentines I never knew The Friday night charades of youth Were spent on one more beautiful At seventeen I learned the truth And those of us with ravaged faces Lacking in the social graces Desperately remained at home Inventing lovers on the phone Who called to say "Come dance with me" And murmured vague obscenities It isn't all it seems At seventeen A brown-eyed girl in hand-me-downs Whose name I never could pronounce Said, "Pity, please, the ones who serve They only get what they deserve" And the rich-relationed hometown queen Who marries into what she needs With a guarantee of company And haven for the elderly Remember those who win the game They lose the love they sought to gain In debentures of quality And dubious integrity Their small-town eyes will gape at you In dull surprise when payment due Exceeds accounts received At seventeen To those of us who knew the pain Of Valentines that never came And those whose names were never called When choosing sides at basketball It was long ago and far away The world was younger than today When dreams were all they gave for free To ugly duckling girls like me We all play the game, and when we dare To cheat ourselves at solitaire Inventing lovers on the phone Repenting other lives unknown They call and say, "Come dance with me" And murmur vague obscenities At ugly girls like me At seventeen

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Julianna / At Seventeen is the second double-A-side release in advance of the upcoming album from Allison Crowe and Band, "Pillars" (out May 1, 2020). This single includes an original rocker together with a cover of a Janis Ian classic.

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released April 28, 2020

Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, cello, guitar, fiddle, Seaboard and more);
Sarah Melanie White (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals+)
Dave Baird (bass); &
Keelan Purchase (accordion, guitar, harmonica, vocals)

Allison Crowe: Composer & Co-Producer
Adam Thistle: Recording/Mixing Engineer & Co-Producer

Billie Woods Photography
Mind Palace Design

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