Little Light

by Allison Crowe

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Northern Lights Words & Music by Allison Crowe The Northern Lights took me off guard knocked me over and lifted me up and through the shadow of a meteor I saw your face And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern Lights home to you I fall into habits that I've carried So many years and when I fall I seem to pick them up And I don't know when or where But this isn't me, this visionary That can barely see And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern lights home to you So much water floods my face I am choking on words that I finally have the courage to say At the wrong time in the wrong place And there's no one here to hear me I just scream into an empty room And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern Lights home to you Everything falls and I will be the last one standing yes I will hold fast because everything here begins again Yes I stood on the other side of the world and took the Northern Lights home to you and took the Northern Lights home to you
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Angels Words & Music by Allison Crowe It took the edge off at least that's what I thought at the time but my mouth was open and these words kept pouring out and now my head is empty and I wish it was just empty threatening but all my angels seem to disappear and leave me lonely singing It's been so long since I've felt not a victim of repression so maybe I overdo but take who this is or let me be 'cause all the angels in the world couldn't hold a candle to me and no one will ever love you like I do my fire is inside and the door is open so let it slide and I'll just be who I am and you just be a man and I'll still love you anyways My heart is broken most of the time so don't let that bother you and I learned to fight last time so I know how to do what I have to do though I am painfully fragile I'll do my best not to let anyone see and deathly cold sometimes its easier to shut off than feel anything it's been so long since I've felt not a victim of repression so maybe I overdo but take who this is or let me be 'cause all the angels in the world couldn't hold a candle to me and no one will ever love you like I do my fire is inside and the door is open so let it slide and I'll just be who I am and you just be a man and I'll still love you anyways Even though you're a man I'll love you anyways Even when I don't understand
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Disease Words & Music by Allison Crowe Stepping on the thoughts of all pain released from this anger is some place I would like to be and when I feel myself defeated I bleed and when I see them twist around dancing in their own wake I rage And I don't want to exist on this plane crashing down to the level of depth of skin flesh and bone all wrapped up in pages flashed in our faces laughing and spiteful Run away Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool Try to hold on to what I believe disappeared no longer here as anything but wretched and disfigured so I slash myself again and I drown my hopes again lose myself in this disease Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool Cut yourself to the mold Nothing left to rid yourself of but bile and blood torn skin screaming and silenced as we replace marble with plastic Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool
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Time After Time Words & Music by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman As performed by Allison Crowe Lying in this bed I hear the clock tick, And think of you Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new Flashbacks and warm nights almost left behind Suitcase of memory, Time after time Sometimes you picture me walking too far ahead You're talking to me, and I can't hear What you have said You say go slow I fall behind The second hand unwinds If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting Time after time After your picture fades darkness has turned to grey Watching through windows you're wondering If I'm ok You say go slow I fall behind The drum beats out of time If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting Time after time If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall I will catch you I will be waiting Time after time Time after time Time after time Time after time
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Little Light Words & Music by Allison Crowe Half my life is spent trying to figure out where the other half is supposed to go try to put them together again until they make sense until they're whole I've opened up my eyes and I've seen in to the dark it's hard to tell if there's a light at all and I can't seem to open them this time and the little light that's there is about to fall Walk backwards to see if you can start where you were before keep breaking the locks to see if there was ever really a door set fire to yourself to see if there is anything to burn keep making mistakes to see if there is anything to learn And I've opened up my eyes and I've seen into the dark it's hard to tell if there's a light at all and I can't seem to open them this time and the little light that's there is about to fall the questions that persist they will torture you you will not know until it's it's too late the questions that repeat will never give you answers you will not know until you've passed until you've passed I've opened up my eyes and I've seen into the dark it's hard to tell if there's a light at all and I can't seem to open them this time and the little light that's there is about to fall
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Happy People Words & Music by Allison Crowe Sometimes I really hate happy people and sometimes I resent the hell out of you and sometimes, you know, I really hate myself a higher part of me knows that this is wrong and I wait for a part of this to make sense and I wait until it's my turn to fight and I know I could be waiting a long time but I wait for you to tell me everything's alright and I've walked a million times beside you and not once have I felt worthy to and I know I probably have my own place somewhere dark, somewhere cold, somewhere where no one can see me and I wait for a part of this to make sense and I wait until it's my turn to fight and I know I could be waiting a long time but I wait for you to tell me everything's alright and I've tried to purify myself I've pulled the drain so many times and I watch as the waters strip from me all my pain, all my love, all that will come back tomorrow and I wait for a part of this to make sense and I wait until it's my turn to fight and I know I could be waiting a long time but I wait for you to tell me everything's alright and I wait for any of this to make sense and I wait until its my turn to take flight and I know I could be waiting forever but I wait for you to tell me everything's alright because it doesn't feel alright nothing feels alright alright is that alright ...with you
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Hold Back Words & Music by Allison Crowe A collection of truths strategically placed a horde of mysteries and some fears faced A raging battle under calm and serene often saying what I think but not often what I mean I need to see reality so I know that it's not just a dream and I lay my cards out for everyone but I never am quite what I seem I hold back Take hold of dares as though you're almost done as if it's the last thing that you'll ever do and I will always run because A misguided guide I am an ignorant lead I never know what I want but I'll tell you exactly what I need Verse 3 And I see you smile and it makes me nervous and while I'm laughing the truth is I don't know how to do this I have no idea of what's okay no matter who you are but you'll never get to know because I'll never get that far
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Choose to Be Words & Music by Allison Crowe I wasn't expecting you you took me by surprise and I don't know if you can see it but it's right behind my eyes an answer to a question that I didn't know I'd asked and you know I didn't believe the tides could wash over me so fast 'cause I've never seen this before and I've seen so much oh God I wonder what it takes to understand happiness but I am standing on the edge I am not afraid to fall I am not hiding I'm not dying I'm not anything at all But this time I choose to be happy And I've never really thought that I could have something good I never realized I deserved anything didn't think that I could but now I'm breaking down these walls and I'm tearing at these chains and I am starting to believe that I must be insane cause I've never seen you before and I've seen so much oh God I wonder what it takes to understand happiness But I am I'm standing on the edge and I am not afraid to fall And I am not hiding I'm not dying I am not anything at all but falling and I don't care where I land falling I'm falling and now I feel I can stand but this time I choose to be happy
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Running for Home Words by Matthew Good & Music by Matt Good/Dave Genn As performed by Allison Crowe They beam those things into your head The ghosts of your pleasure and contempt When we were liars things were seamless When we were wired the world was like a secret I close my eyes now and I scream I turn the light on and there’s nothing left redeeming I saw your face before it changed The gun it makes you look nicer in a bad way So low how high It’s too late tonight I’m sure you’re right So low for how high And after this there’s just the circus And every morning your carnie heart stops working It gets tight in there sometimes Looking for those defects, talking like it’s a reflex I close my mouth now and I scream 'open the door and there’s nothing left redeeming I saw your face before in rough 'should wait around awhile, 'cause your body’s bound to turn up So low for how high It’s too late tonight And I’m sure you’re right So low for how high So low for how high
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When I'm Gone Words & Music by Phil Ochs As performed by Allison Crowe There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here And I won't feel the flowing of the time when I'm gone All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I'm gone My pen won't pour out a lyric line when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here And I won't breathe the bracing air when I'm gone And I can't even worry 'bout my cares when I'm gone Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here And I won't be running from the rain when I'm gone And I can't even suffer from the pain when I'm gone Can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
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Wedding Song Words & Music by Allison Crowe At the turning of another moon comes time to end this day and only so many have to pass as I am gone away So I sing you now this lullaby though it's bittersweet for we have to part when we close our eyes but every morning meet These words fall down upon this page I never do get to sleep but to be so far away from you I lay my head and weep I know this night will be over soon there's another day in sight though darkness falls on empty sheets only you bring in the light No, I will never be the perfect wife I don't even know what that is but I will be here and he'll always know that my heart is his Count down the days and draw the curtains back pour the wine and say that we'll love as much as we both can do until our dying day that we'll love as much as we both can do until our dying day

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Little Light is a popular singer-songwriter collection from Allison Crowe. Created from Newfoundland to British Columbia, it opens with a rustically shimmering version of "Northern Lights" - a song Allison performed 'specially for the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival in Durness, Scotland. "Angels" is recorded live by Scott Littlejohn at St. Andrew's United Church, Christmas-time, in Allison's birthplace, Nanaimo, Canada. She's backed here by bassist Dave Baird and percussionist Laurent Boucher.

"Disease", a song of social conscience, has, through years of live performance, become epic - channeling Beethoven, grunge and more. Here 't'is captured in its raging glory by Larry Anschell (on International Women's Day 2008, the same night celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Anschell's Turtle Recording Studios. Larry "Turtle" Anschell, Engineer and Producer, with Brad Graham Co-Engineer). Title track "Little Light" is among a set of guitar songs that reveal a different sort of Allison Crowe's writerly reflections in music. "Happy People", like such earlier songs as Crowe's own, "Skeletons and Spirits", a bright melody coats more acid observations. Strong and gentle poetics of "Hold Back" warm us by a fire kindled in the '70s by Joni Mitchell. "Choose to Be" bridges the piano sound of Allison's "This Little Bird" songs with her new tunes. Bob Dylan's ramblin' shoes lead to a less restless farewell, as the album closes with "Wedding Song" - Crowe's sweetest, rootsiest, love song to date.

The interpretations in this collection are: "Time After Time" - originally a hit for that most unusual girl, Cyndi Lauper - Allison, a child of the '80s gives her impassioned take, live (Scott LittleJohn recording this, the same night as "Angels"); "Running for Home", is a cover of the Matthew Good Band, and one of the songs Allison has performed since her teens; and, by way of the Righteous Babe, Ani DiFranco, comes Allison's vocal-guitar nod to the great peace-loving bard, Phil Ochs - "When I'm Gone". "Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone, so I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here."

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released May 2, 2008

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