Muruch​.​com Presents: Allison Crowe

by Allison Crowe

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In 1999 a teen-aged Allison Crowe was already building her legend as a musician – radiating from her birthplace of Nanaimo, BC to perform in nightclubs and bars up and down Vancouver Island on Canada’s Pacific coast.

That same year, across the continent in the USA, a West Virginia-based poet and cultural commentator was launching one of the first, and now longest-running, legal-mp3 music websites. Under the banner of “Murúch”, the Irish word for “mermaid”, pioneering Editor/Head Writer Vic and her team of writers and photographers still plumb the currents of music, books, film and other arts.

“Murúch’s RSS feed is syndicated on Hype Machine, Elbo.ws, Livejournal, Facebook and Twitter… The site has been featured on VH1’s Best Week Ever Blog, The Woodstock Film Festival website, MSN’s Money Central Blog, Technorati’s Top 100 Music Blogs and The Guardian’s website.” Rolling Stone has reposted the site’s content, and its reviews are quoted “in countless press releases, Amazon and Wikipedia pages and even album liner notes”. Cited, as well, by the University of Maryland as an example of excellent critical writing – the fuller story of Murúch can be found @ www.muruch.com/about and www.muruch.com/2000/07/muruchhistory.html

Along their courses, sometime before Allison Crowe migrated to Canada’s Atlantic shores, making her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland a decade ago, “Murúch” discovered Allison and has been a steadfast champion of her music ever since.

Mutual admiration and respect has grown through the years such that Allison’s honoured to be described these days as Murúch’s “musical mascot”.

"Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe” is a digital anthology comprising the blog’s personal favourites from Allison’s recorded repertoire. Curated by Murúch, it’s a 21-song playlist that’s, both, passionately individual and universal.

Cover art is also by Muruch.com – pictured here on the album’s front is the entrance to Newgrange, the great national monument of Ireland that predates Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt. Photographed this Summer in County Meath, the triskele symbols on the giant stone carry forward from pre-Celtic and Celtic times to our age (even giving design to the centre-piece adapters for vinyl “45” RPM recordings).

It’s apt entry point for the intersection of 15+ years rocking and rolling by Allison Crowe and Muruch.com.

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released October 14, 2015

Curated and Cover Art by Muruch.com

See individual tracks for songwriting credits and additional info.

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Track Name: Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Words & Music by Leonard Cohen
As performed & Transcribed 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
Track Name: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

Words & Music by Ronnie Shannon
As performed by Allison Crowe

You're no good heart-breaker
You're a liar and you're a cheat
And I don't know why
I let you do these things to me
My friends keep telling me
That you ain't no good
Lord, but, they don't know
That I'd leave you if I could

I guess I'm uptight
But I'm stuck like glue
I ain't never, I ain't never
I ain't never, no, no, loved a man
The way that I, I love you

A long time ago I thought
You had run out of fools
But I was so wrong
And now you got one that you'll never lose

The way that you treat me is a shame
How could you hurt me so bad
Baby, you know that I'm the best thing
That you ever had

Kiss me once again

Don't you never, never, never
say that we we're through
'cause I ain't never, I ain't never
I ain't never, no, no, loved a man
The way that I, I love you

I can't sleep at night
I can't eat a bite
Guess I'll never be free
Since you got your hooks in me

Yeah, Yeah, ayeah
Yeah, yeah, yeaha
I ain't never loved a man
I ain't never had a man treat me so bad
So I, I'll tell you just what I'm gonna do

I'm gonna hold him
Gonna hold him, hold him

I ain't never loved a man

the way that I

I love you
Track Name: In My Life
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
Track Name: By Your Side (live)
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
Track Name: Phoenix
Phoenix

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

You didn't have to hurt me, you know
it wasn't entirely necessary
and I'm not sure how much of that you meant
and I'm not sure how far
it went

but that doesn't really matter now
I meant every word I said except for
one

maybe it all just paved the way
for what needed to happen anyways

and out of the ashes I rise
the one who can look up is the one who flies

and remember to never look back or down
don't crash into the ground

and I am not a saint, yeah I get that

I've had it explained to me far
too many times

but I do try, and I like to think
that one day I'll get back what I've
given

and you said that I would never be happy
and now that I am I wonder if
you'd believe me anyways

but that doesn't matter now
and to tell the truth I don't care what
you think

'cause out of the ashes I rise
the one who can look up is the one who flies

and remember to never look back or down
don't crash into the ground

I can't help you now, no I can't stop you
so go ahead, crash in to the ground...
Track Name: I Don't Know
I Don't Know

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I don’t know how to deal with this
So maybe I’ll just descend into madness
Looking out of the corner of my eye

Maybe I’ll just run away
If I can’t think of anything nice to say, to save my life,
before we all fly away

And I’d like to think I did something worthwhile

And I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
But I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

I’m tired of watching so many people
Systematically destroy themselves
Go ahead, this one is on me

I think we’re all hiding from an invisible monster
Some part of ourselves
We don’t want anyone to see

I’d like to think this did something worthwhile
Besides
Killing everyone I know

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this
And I am not going to pretend I do

And I’d like to think this did anything at all
But, I think I know better by now

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
And I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou

But, I don’t get this, I don’t get this
I don’t get this

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
But, I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

'cause I do...

‘cause maybe I understand too well
Track Name: Words
Words

Composed by Allison Crowe

I'll sit here and I'll ruminate
My thoughts do not discriminate
There are tears behind my mouth
If I open they'll fall out
Breathe deeply, reign it in again
My patience it is growing thin
If I open up my mouth it'll all fall out

And all it takes is words
And all I taste is blood
And all I see
is blinding light
Now I can't breathe
I am so angry I can't breathe

A flash of darkness supersedes
And I try to reach you through the reeds
and the pitfalls of myself
I am becoming someone else
I do not know the way back dear
Oh, you will find no answers here
More questions than you wanted
will leave you cold and haunted

And all it takes is words
And all I taste is blood
And all I see
is blinding light
And I can't breathe
I am so angry I can't breathe

I cannot breathe
I am so angry
I’m so angry

I can’t breathe
And I can’t breathe
I’m so angry I can’t breathe
Track Name: Lisa's Song
Lisa's Song

Words and Music by Allison Crowe

I want to be the one
To say that I found you safe
And held you in my arms
I want anyone else in the world
To tell me
That they did too
And took you home

Across the field and to your door
And said, hey baby it’s cool,
There’s no reason to be scared anymore.
Took you home
And held you in, held you in, held you in.

Just stay home
Don’t come outside to play
Circumstance beyond control
I feel so helpless
Mind is racing and breaking
Me into a million pieces
Because I can’t

Take you home
Across the river and to your door
Take you home and
Cut through the darkness
You don’t have to cry anymore
Take you home
And hold you in, hold you in, hold you in.

Take you home
Across the sea and to your door
Take you home
But I’m so scared
That home isn’t here anymore

Take you home
And hold you in
Through the nightshade and under the stars
And hold you in...
Track Name: Angel
Angel

Words & Music by Sarah McLachlan
As performed by Allison Crowe

Spend all your time waiting
for that second chance
for a break that would make it okay
there's always some reason
to feel not good enough
and it's hard at the end of the day
need some distraction
oh beautiful release
memory seeps through my veins
that may be empty
and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you fear
you are pulled from the wreckage
of your silent reverie
you're in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort there

So tired of the straight line
and everywhere you turn
there's vultures and thieves at your back
storm keeps on twisting
you keep on building the lie
that you make up for all that you lack
it don't make no difference
escape for one last time
it's easier to believe in this sweet madness, oh
this glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

In the arms of the angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you fear
you are pulled from the wreckage
of your silent reverie
you're in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here
you're in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here
Track Name: River
River

Words & Music by Joni Mitchell
As performed by Allison Crowe

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly

I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
Track Name: What About You (live)
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?
Track Name: Whether I'm Wrong (live)
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
Track Name: Crayon and Ink (live)
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...
Track Name: Imagine (live)
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
Track Name: I Dreamed a Dream (live)
I Dreamed A Dream

Words & Music by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg
As performed by Allison Crowe

[FANTINE]
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

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.
Track Name: Believe Me If All (live)
Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)

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.
Track Name: Black Velvet Band
Black Velvet Band

Words and Music - Traditional
As performed by Allison Crowe

Her eyes they shone like a diamond,
I saw her the queen of the land.
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
tied up with a black velvet band.

In the neat little town they call Belfast,
apprenticed to trade I was bound.
And many an hour of sweet happiness,
have I spent in that neat little town

’til sad misfortune came o'er me,
which caused me to stray from the land.
Far away from me friends and relations,
betrayed by the black velvet band.

Her eyes they shone like a diamond,
I saw her the queen of the land.
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
tied up with a black velvet band.

As I was strolling down Broadway,
meaning not long for to stay,
when who should I meet but this pretty fair maid,
come a-courtin' along the highway.

She was both fair and handsome,
and her neck it was just like a swan.
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
tied up with a black velvet band.

Now as I was courtin' this pretty fair maid,
and a gentlemen passin' us by,
I know she meant the doing of him,
by the look in her roguish black eye.

A gold watch she took from his pocket,
and placed it right into me hand.
And the very next thing that I said was,
that it fit like a black velvet band.

Before the judge and the jury,
next morning I had to appear.
And the judge he says to me, "Young man,
Your case it is forever clear.

"Now, I'll give you seven years at hard labour,
To be served far away from this land."
Far away from me friends and relations,
betrayed by the black velvet band.

So, come all you jolly young fellows,
a warning you'll take by me.
Whenever you're out on the town, me lads,
be 'ware of the pretty colleens.

They'll fill you up with some drink, me lads,
’til you are unable to stand.
And the very next thing that you'll know is,
you've landed in Van Diemen's Land.

Her eyes they shone like a diamond,
I saw her the queen of the land.
And her hair hung over her shoulders,
tied up with a black velvet band.

And her hair hung over her shoulders,
tied up with a black velvet band.
Track Name: The Men Who Die for a Living
Men Who Die for a Living

Words and Music - Gary O'Driscoll
As Performed by Allison Crowe

As the morning mist rolls over Cape Chapeau Rouge
young miners with lunch-tins go down with the crews
to a damp, dusty, dungeon to earn a day's pay.
They're the men who die for a living.

Well, they follow Iron Springs to the bowels of the mine
with their oil-skins and hammers where the sun never shines.
With stone all around them and death in the air
they're the men who die for a living.

Well, Abraham Pike was the first one to go.
Then Davey and Rennie, Augustin and Joe.
Like the leaves they are falling, but the others still go.
They're the men who die for a living.

Well, the mines they are gone but the sadness remains
for the widows and children who must bear the pain.
And their names they are written in stone on the hill,
all the men who die for a living.

All the men who die for a living.
Track Name: Famous Blue Raincoat (choral)
Famous Blue Raincoat

Composed by Leonard Cohen
As Performed by Allison Crowe

It's four in the morning, the end of December
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
New York is cold, but I like where I'm living
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening

I hear that you're building
your little house deep in the desert
You're living for nothing now
I hope you're keeping some kind of record

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
that night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you - you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You'd been to the station to meet every train
and you came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to
a flake of your life
And when she came back
she was nobody's wife

Well, I see you there
with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well, I see Jane's awake

She sends her regards

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way

If you ever come by here
for Jane or for me,
your enemy is sleeping
and his woman is free

Yes, and thanks for
the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good
so I never tried

Yes, and Jane came by
with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
on the night that you tried to go clear

Did you ever go
clear?
Track Name: Silence
Silence

Words & Music by Allison Crowe
As performed by Allison Crowe

Silence
In the darkness of your soul
Following your call

Grey skies
Belong to me
Open my eyes

Rain falls
On you
On me
I cannot control
Where I am
supposed to be

Bring the winds
That carry you
Bring them to me

I will hold
This rebel light
This renegade sea

Rain falls
On you
On me
You cannot control
Where you
Are supposed to be

I wait in the dark
I carry these chains
I roam through this night

No I’ll not open the door
For you to be free
For you to take flight

Rain falls
On you
On me

we cannot control
Where we
Are supposed to be
Track Name: Let It Be
Let It Be

Words & Music by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
As 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