Muruch​.​com Presents: Allison Crowe

by Allison Crowe

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Hallelujah 04:32
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
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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
3.
In My Life 03:02
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
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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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Phoenix 04:31
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...
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I Don't Know 04:48
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
7.
Words 03:12
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
8.
Lisa's Song 04:33
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...
9.
Angel 05:26
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
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River 04:11
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
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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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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
13.
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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Silence 06:12
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
21.
Let It Be 03:07
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

about

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

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