Live at Wood Hall

by Allison Crowe

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There Is 02:59
There Is Words & Music by Allison Crowe Open up your door I know we've both been here before But there's a shadow fading here A revolution on its way Open up your mind I know I've drowned in there before But my wings are drying off And I am ready to dive in I am coming back again To you A way There is a way Out of this There is Give me a minute I'll try to explain myself to you I am the girl who is always with you The one who's always watching Give me a break I thought that you understood this already And I'm not trying to deceive you I don't have that much time on my hands And I am not going to leave you alone A way There is a way Out of this There is I see you in the rain and you are more beautiful than I have ever seen And when I walk I want you with me And I see your smile above me and I know, I know there is A way there is a way out of this there is.
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By Your Side Words & Music by Allison Crowe As performed by Allison Crowe If I could come Back to you It always comes Back to you But knowing you And wanting you Are separate And I am desperate But I know you're here with me You're always here with me And it colours me Indefinitely I am by your side I am by your side And when you can't breathe When you decide to leave I am by your side I am by your side Where did you go? What did you do? What did they Take from you? I can't hold on To this now Your eyes are cold I don't know how To let go of you I miss you, I love you And it colours me Indefinitely I am by your side I am by your side
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Immersed 04:04
Immersed Words & Music by Allison Crowe I will fight you Every step of the way No matter what you do Or what I have to say Kicking and screaming Just drag me out of here I will cause you sorrow And I will not endear So wait, oh, no, no, no you can't go I thought you said you'd know No? I didn't think so I am wide-awake And immersed in confusion Bare boned and busted up And lost in disillusion If I had just one Little spark inside of me I wouldn't be so scared Of the dark side of me I refuse to be something that I'm not Just to be who you are Just to get what you have got I won't accept restraint And I will not hide behind fear Yeah, I will be afraid But I'll stand up I will stay right here So wait, oh, no, no, no you can't go I thought you said you'd know No? I didn't think so I am wide-awake And immersed in confusion Bare boned and busted up And lost in disillusion And if I had just one Little spark inside of me I wouldn't be so scared Of the dark side...
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Independence Day Words & Music by Ani DiFranco As performed by Allison Crowe We drove the car To the top of the parking ramp 4th of July Sat out on the hood With a couple of warm beers And watched the fireworks Explode in the sky There was an exodus of birds from the trees 'cause they didn't know We were only pretending And the people all looked up and looked pleased And the birds flew around Like the whole world was ending I don't think war is noble And I don't like to think love is like war But I got a big hot cherry bomb And I wanna slip it through the mail slot Of your front door You can't leave me here I got your back now You'd better have mine And you say the coast is clear But you say that all the time So many sheep I quit counting Sleepless and embarrassed About the way that I feel Trying to make mole hills out of mountains Building base camp at the bottom Of a really big deal Did I ever tell you how I stopped eating When you stopped calling me I was cramped up Shitting rivers for weeks And pretending that I was finally free You can't leave me here I got your back now You'd better have mine And you say the coast is clear But you say that all the time We drove the car To the top of the parking ramp 4th of July I planted my dusty boots on the bumper Sat out on the hood And looked up at the sky
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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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Fire 03:42
Fire Words & Music by Allison Crowe Take that fire from your head and see my eyes take this feeling I have need for self-sacrifice Take this guilt off my chest and I will have learned take this bridge from my past that I've already burned And I see that you know me And I see that you are not impressed And I see that I am not forgiven And I see that I have not been given rest Take this life from my hands and give it peace Take this picture from my mind and give it release I was not in my head And I was not alive I am down on my knees and I've already died And I see that you know me And I see that you are not impressed And I see that I am not forgiven And I see that I have not been given rest
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What About You Words & Music by Allison Crowe So you're weary now from the company you keep lay down your head and go back to sleep back to sleep Just wait till the end it will be worth it I swear so hold on, my friend we're almost there Chorus: Step back for a moment and watch what's going on around you you're so concerned with pleasing everyone what about you? I woke up at half past 12 half in and out of dreaming I could barely hear but I think that I was screaming I tried to call out to you be careful, they're right behind you but you turned to me and said, I'm dying and it's too late for anyone to save me Chorus: Step back for a moment and watch what's going on around you you're so concerned with pleasing everyone what about you? repeat So you're weary now from the company you keep lay down your head and go back to sleep... how long do I have to wait here? you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one who cares about you so roll me over shut me out if that's what you feel possessed to do whatever helps to get you through the night yeah it may kill me but I'll still love you how long do I have to wait here you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one who cares about you I am I am the only one I am I am... how long do I have to wait here you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one, I am the only one I am you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take for you to realize that I am gone?
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Bill 04:05
Bill Words by P.G. Wodehouse & Music by Jerome Kern As performed by Allison Crowe I used to dream that I would discover The perfect lover someday, I knew I'd recognize him if ever He came 'round my way. I always used to fancy then He'd be one of the God-like kind of men With a giant brain and a noble head Like the heroes bold In the books I've read. But along came Bill Who's quite the opposite of all The men in storybooks In grace and looks I know that Apollo Would beat him All hollow And I can't explain, It's surely not his brain That makes me thrill -- I love him because he's wonderful, Because he's just my Bill. He can't play golf or tennis or polo, Or sing a solo, or row. He isn't half as handsome As dozens of men that I know. He isn't tall or straight or slim And he dresses far worse than Ted or Jim. And I can't explain why he should be Just the one, one man in the world for me. He's just my Bill, an ordinary man, He hasn't got a thing that I can brag about. And yet to be Upon his knee So comfy and roomy Seems natural to me. Oh, I can't explain, It's surely not his brain That makes me thrill -- I love him because he's -- I don't know... Because he's just my Bill. Written in 1917 for Oh Lady! Lady! Revised later w. Oscar Hammerstein II for Show Boat
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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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In Love In Vain Words & Music by Leo Robin/Jerome Kern As performed by Allison Crowe It's only human for anyone to want to be in love, Who wants to be in love in vain? At night you hang around the house and eat your heart out, And cry your eyes out And wrack your brain. You sit and wonder how anyone as wonderful as he Could cause you such misery and pain. I thought that I would be in heaven, But I'm only up a tree, 'Cause it's just my luck to be in love in vain. You sit and wonder how anyone as wonderful as he Could cause you such misery and pain. I thought that I would be in heaven, But I'm only up a tree, 'Cause its just my luck to be in love, just my luck to be in love It's just my luck to be in love, in vain
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A Murder of One Words & Music by Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charles Gillingham, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, & Dan Vickrey As performed by Allison Crowe Blue morning, blue morning Wrapped in strands of fist and bone. Curiosity, Kitten, doesn't have to mean you're on your own. Your can look outside your window, He doesn't have to know. We can talk a while, baby. We can take it nice and slow. All your life is such a shame, shame, shame. All your love is just a dream, dream, dream. Well, are you happy where you're sleeping Does he keep you safe and warm Does he tell you when you're sorry Does he tell you when you're wrong I've been watching you for hours It's been years since we were born We were perfect when we started... I've been wondering where we've gone. All your life is such a shame, shame, shame. All your love is just a dream, dream, dream. Well, I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there counting crows. One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for girls and four for boys, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret never to be told. There's a bird that nests inside you Sleeping underneath your skin. Yeah, when you open up your wings to speak I wish you'd let me in. All your life is such a shame, shame, shame. All your love is just a dream, dream, dream. Open up your eyes You can see the flames, flames, flames. of your wasted life. You should be ashamed. Yeah, you don't want to waste your life, baby. You don't wanna waste your life, now darlin. You don't wanna waste your life, baby. You don't wanna waste your life, now darlin. Oh, you don't wanna waste your life, now babe. I said you don't wanna waste your life, now darlin. Oh, you don't wanna waste your life, now baby. Oh, you don't wanna, you don't wanna waste your life, now darlin. Change, change, change. Change. Change. Change. I walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine. I am feathered by the moonlight falling down on me. I said I walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine. I am feathered by the moonlight falling down on me. I said I will walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine. I am feathered by the moonlight falling down on me. I said I will walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine. I am feathered by the moonlight. change, change, change. change, change, change. Yeah. change, change, change. Oh, change, change. Y-y-y-y-y-yeah. Change, change, change.
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Believe Me If All Traditional Irish Aire w. words by Thomas Moore As performed by Allison Crowe Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, which I gaze on so fondly today, were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms, like fairy-gifts fading away, Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, Let thy loveliness fade as it will, And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart, would entwine itself verdantly still. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, and thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear, That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known, to which time has but made thee more dear No, the heart which has truly loved never forgets, But, as truly, loves on to the close, As the sun-flower turns to her god, when he sets, The same look which she gave when he rose.
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Crayon and Ink Composed by Allison Crowe The Arctic surrounded my cold wooden room I don't think I've ever felt so warm these waters brought back to me what I reluctantly believed and I watched as the 4 corners gave way to the ice and the life and the death and the warmth and they were all joined together In that one instant I could feel you crushing me but I didn't want to remember what it felt like to be alive and still feel so cold in crayon and ink what I understood the least were these words not spoken out of fear of the law or self sacrifice and I never thought that confirmation would come in to play and these words were never going to be on the tip of your tongue and I was locked in a place that I'd never seen before without windows but with curtains hanging on the walls and I was forced to believe all I had I had to self-deprivate and I was proved wrong when you came back in a room filled with nothing this table looked away from me a kick to your foot and a twist of your head and I saw that you were afraid but if you think that I was just being cold you don't know how scared I was in crayon and ink what I understood the least were these words not spoken out of fear of the law or self sacrifice and I never thought that confirmation would come in to play and these words were never going to be on the tip of your...
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How Long 03:48
How Long Words & Music by Allison Crowe It took me so long to understand who I needed to be for myself and it took me too long to realize that I didn't need anybody else so now I'm sitting here in silence and all I can feel is regret and it seems to be so easy for you now but its not so easy for me to forget how long do I have to wait here? you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one who cares about you so roll me over shut me out if that's what you feel possessed to do whatever helps to get you through the night yeah it may kill me but I'll still love you how long do I have to wait here you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one who cares about you I am I am the only one I am I am... how long do I have to wait here you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take you to remember while you're still alive and growing old I'm the only one, I am the only one I am you leave me standing in the cold how long will it take for you to realize that I am gone?
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Running 04:59 video
Running Words & Music by Allison Crowe Verse 1 Granted I've been a fool before But I've never felt So completely insane I know I've been here before But I never saw this For what it really was and Pre chorus: I hope that I can get my point across I hope that I don't lie dormant in the shadows now I know that I am running as fast as I can But I know that that's not very fast at all Chorus: I am trying so hard to be something That I just end up being nothing at all So watch me as I stumble now Watch me smile as I hit the ground Verse 2 Every time that I knew the truth I would just pretend That I wasn't hiding I'd tell myself that it's alright I know myself I think that's all that matters and Pre-Chorus: I hope that I can get my point across I hope that I don't lie dormant in the shadows now I know that I am running as fast as I can And I know that that's not very fast at all Chorus: I am trying so hard to be something That I just end up being nothing at all So watch me as I stumble now Watch me smile as I hit the ground Bridge: I always expect this I always see it coming I love it when it's faltering I love it when it's failing I know that there is Most likely something wrong with that But it's a part of who I am At least I think that it might be, anyway... I'm trying so hard to be something That I just end up being nothing at all So watch me as I stumble now Watch me smile as I hit the ground I'm trying so hard to be something That I just end up being nothing at all So watch me as I stumble now Watch me smile as I hit the ground... As I hit the ground... Watch me smile as I hit the ground
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Pray For Rain Words & Music by Allison Crowe As performed by Allison Crowe The enemy in the mirror Eyes of fire staring back at me I am the judge the jury and the executioner Of everything I've tried to be And now I think I'm dying I could pray for rain I don't believe in anything I have cried so long that I can't feel I am dry, I am dry, I am I'm in and out of consciousness You want so badly to get through If I can't even save myself Then how am I supposed to save you And I think you know that I could pray for rain But I don't believe in anything I have cried so long that I can't feel I am dry, I am dry, I am So here I lay on the porcelain again My mouth is dry and my hands are shaking Now I do not know anything Now I’m afraid to die I could pray for rain I don’t believe in anything I have cried so long that I can’t feel I am dry, I am dry, I am I could pray for rain I don’t believe in anything And I have cried so long that I can’t feel I am dry, I am dry, I am I am dry
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Playboy Mommy Words & Music by Tori Amos As performed by Allison Crowe In my platforms I hit the floor I fell face down it didn't help my brain out Then the baby came before I found the magic highs to keep her happy I never was the fantasy of what you want wanted me to be Don't judge me so harsh little girl so, you got a playboy mommy Yeah, well, you just tell those soldiers my name From here to Birmingham I got a few friends I never was there, was there when it counts You get my way you're so like me 'seemed ashamed ashamed that I was a good friend of American soldiers I'll say it loud here by your grave those angels can't ever take my place Don't judge me so harsh little girl so, you got a playboy mommy Yeah, well, you just tell those soldiers my name You want to cross that Bridge all on your own Little girl they'll do you no harm 'cause they know your playboy mommy You just tell 'em my name I got a few friends Somewhere where the orchids grow I can't find those church bells that played when you died they played Gloria we're talkin' bout Hosannah Don't judge me so harsh little girl So, you got a playboy mommy Yeah, well, you just tell those soldiers my name You want to cross that Bridge all on your own Little girl they'll do you no harm 'cause they know your playboy mommy Well, I'll be home Yes, I'll be home to take you in my arms © Sword & Stone w. lyrics help from hereinmyhead.com
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Finally 04:17
Finally Words & Music by Allison Crowe & Stephen Clevette I am broken But I am still with you I am traveling alone But I can still see you here And I hope that you can see me Because I can't see anything but you And I want you to come home I've spent so many days here on my own And I hope that you will see me And with you I can finally be free Your voice echoes in my mind All that you have left behind I am waiting by the phone for you to realize that I am still here alone And I hope that you can hear me now Because I won't hear anything but you And I want you to come home I've spent so many days here on my own And I hope that you will see me And with you I can finally be free And I want you to come home I've spent so many days here on my own And I hope that you will see me And with you I can finally be free And with you I can be free, finally.
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Disease 04:52
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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Secrets 06:29 video
Secrets Words & Music by Allison Crowe verse 1 you know I hold these in and I take them for myself I'm covered in guilt but it's not my own there isn't any reason for me to feel like I'm dying I'm done with being afraid I'm done with lying chorus: and I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I know that I'm not perfect and maybe I am the court jester I'm the life of the party and I know too much about the court... I have these secrets that aren't my own verse 2 so take this how you want to I'm not here to judge you I just want to be in love with you I just want to forget myself i want to just be ignorant please take this pain away from me down to the river and out to the sea down to the river and out to the sea chorus: and I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I know that I'm not perfect yeah, I am the court jester I'm the life of the party and I know too much about the court... I have these secrets that aren't my own verse 3 it's too far to reach. but I'm too scared to let go. it's too close to ignore but I feel so far away now I'm crawling in the ceiling I'm scratching through the walls I'm trying to scream but my own hand is on my throat chorus: And I am not an angel I'm more like Mona Lisa there's something hiding in me there's always something behind my smile and I want to be like Venus to just bare it all and face the world but I'm tangled in these blankets I'm caught in between the lines I have these secrets that aren't my own
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I Dreamed A Dream Words & Music by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg As performed by Allison Crowe I dreamed a dream in days gone by When hope was high And life worth living I dreamed that love would never die I dreamed that God would be forgiving Then I was young and unafraid And dreams were made and used and wasted There was no ransom to be paid No song unsung, no wine untasted But the tigers come at night With their voices soft as thunder As they tear your hope apart As they turn your dream to shame He slept a summer by my side He filled my days with endless wonder He took my childhood in his stride But he was gone when Autumn came And still I dream he'd come to me That we will live the years together But there are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather I had a dream my life would be So different from this Hell I'm living So different now from what it seemed Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
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Imagine 03:17 video
Imagine Words & Music by John Lennon As performed by Allison Crowe Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today... Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, No religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace... Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you'll join us, And the world will live as one
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Me and Bobby McGee Words & Music by Fred Foster & Kris Kristofferson As performed by Allison Crowe Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train An' I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained I headed all the way to New Orleans I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues, Lord Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine We sang every song the driver knew Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose Ah, nothing, honey if it ain't free, Lord Feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues Feeling good was good enough for me Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee. From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun Yeah, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done Yeah, Bobby baby kept me from the cold I pulled up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away He's lookin' for that home, and I hope he finds it Well, I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday To be holdin' Bobby's body next to mine Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose Ah, nothing, well that's all that Bobby left me, Lord Feeling good was easy, Lord when he sang the blues Feeling good was good enough for me Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee. La de di, la de di da, la de di de di di da, la di da, la de di da Bobby McGee La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da Bobby McGee La da la la la, la da la la la da la La da da la d da hey, hey, I said my Bobby McGee, Lord Lo do da la da da da, lo da la la la da la La da da la la la hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby McGee, oh yeah I said I called him my lover, called him my man, I said called him my lover do the best I can, yeah, c'mon Bobby, now, c'mon Bobby McGee, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lord, hey, hey, hey, yeah, I said my Bobby McGee, yeah La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da Hey hey I said Bobby McGee Lord Lord lordy, lordy lordy lord oh Lord Hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby McGee, Lord
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Live at Wood Hall is an exciting journey through Allison Crowe's concert repertoire, recorded with a simple clarity in the converted chapel of Victoria (B.C.)'s Conservatory of Music. Alongside more than an album's worth of original songs of love and hope, social and political conscience, and real beauty, Allison covers cherished favourites - including Ani DiFranco ("Independence Day"), Counting Crows ("A Murder of One"), Tori Amos ("Playboy Mommy"), Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee"), and John Lennon ("Imagine"). Colours in the artist's musical palette range from roots & blues, through folk, pop/rock, jazz and Broadway. There's even a traditional Irish aire, "Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)", sung acappella. Once again, Larry Anschell (Turtle Studios) captures the music on tape and Alix Whitmire designs the beautiful artwork/CD cover. " 'Music, man, that's where it's at'/ it is a religious line/ outside, the chimes rung/ an they/ are still ringin."

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released July 1, 2005

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