This Little Bird

by Allison Crowe

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Effortless Words & Music by Allison Crowe As performed by Allison Crowe I'm trying not to try so hard, Makes me wonder if it's really effortless, Or if I'm fooling myself? 'Cause if I have to put so much of me Into trying not to care, Where am I then? I'm lying. And do you see the way I walk away? I never really know what I should say, So it comes out wrong, If it comes out at all. So I straighten myself out, I bring me back down, "Don't be ridiculous, You are so wrong." But then I'm drifting, On a wave of thought. I get lost in the tides, And I can barely recognize myself. I don't mind, 'Cause do you see the way I walk away? I never really know what I should say, So it comes out wrong, If it comes out at all. So I try to act the way I would If I was someone that wasn't me. But you wipe that away, don't you? And I am falling down, I am tripping on words, I am out of my mind. You know, this is not like me. I'm not usually happy, I swear. And do you see the way I walk away? I never really know what I should say So it comes out wrong. And I turn my back And I don't look back. I am unafraid... ...but really I'm just kidding. I'm terrified, And I think I like it. And I don't care if I look ridiculous, Trying to be effortless.
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Skeletons and Spirits Words & Music by Allison Crowe Take your sympathy and shove it as for the pain, well, I love it I'll eat your words I'll devour your soul I will laugh like a lemur as you crawl back into your hole I won't deny you, but I'll pay you no heed And, if you keep stabbing me, I will probably bleed But, I'll pretend I'm a cloud and my rain will surround you And if you keep hurting me I'll eventually drown you And, yes I know I'm a little bit off But, you, you can't leave, you can't open the door you think you're unique but I've seen you before so run, run away from the fires that burn you will do this again and again but you will never learn So keep looking down as you crush me keep smiling 'cause I will get up and there's no denying that I am one of your punching clowns you can keep on striking but you can't keep me down You always think that you are fearless and right but I think that you are afraid in the night of the ghosts, of the spirits that crawl into your head of the skeletons that'll haunt you until you're dead but, now, you can't leave, you can't open the door you think you're unique but I've seen you before so run, run away from the fires that burn you will do this again and again and again and again but, now, you can't leave, you can't open the door you think you're unique but I've seen it all before so run, run away from the fires that burn but you will never learn you will never learn you will never learn
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A Case of You Words & Music by Joni Mitchell As performed by Allison Crowe Just before our love got lost you said I am as constant as a Northern Star And I said, constantly in the darkness Where’s that at? If you want me I’ll be in the bar On the back of a cartoon coaster In the blue tv screen light I drew a map of Canada Oh Canada With your face sketched on it twice Oh you are in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and so sweet Oh I could drink a case of you darling And I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I am frightened by the devil And I’m drawn to those that ain’t afraid And I remember when you told me, you said Love is touching souls Well surely you touched mine ’Cause part of you pours out of me In these lines from time to time Oh you’re, you are in my blood like holy wine You taste so bitter and you taste so sweet Oh I could drink a case of you I could drink a case of you darling And I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet And I met a woman She had a mouth like yours She knew your life She knew your devils and your deeds She said Go to him, stay with him if you can But be prepared to bleed You are in my blood, you’re my holy wine You taste so bitter, baby, and you taste so sweet I could drink a case of you darling I would still be on my feet I would still be on my feet
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Alive and Breathing Words & Music by Allison Crowe I am falling And I can't hear the words That you are saying to me But I know that I will survive No matter what you do to me I know I will stay.... CHORUS Alive Believe it or not I don't mind I'm still here Breathing believe it or not I don't care I'm still here I am flying And I will not accept the lies that you are spitting at me And now I know that even in weightlessness and fear I have to stand my ground. CHORUS Alive Believe it or not I don't mind I'm still here Breathing Believe it or not I don't care I'm still here ...or not I don't mind I'm still here ...or not I don't care I'm still here Believe it or not
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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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Now Words & Music by Allison Crowe As I walk this hall alone I wonder exactly why it is I'm leaving when there's nothing there for me to return to other than blind faith with a lack of believing and not to say that I have nothing I have everything and I am grateful but my head is trying to tell me something in this state of mind I feel so hateful and I don't understand and I'm not going to try to because now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there well I am filled with a quiet resolution and questions posed without solution and in my realm of indecision finally I feel as though I can see something and though this beacon's ever flashing Ii can't revisit without rehashing when I'm stuck in where I created fear I cannot fix myself from here and I'm starting to understand at least in this state I believe something because now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there the amount of times I've seen the edge of my own head is unrelenting the floor falls out and I am left with thoughts that move without consenting when all I want is peace and all I want to believe in is knowing without seeing and wanting without fear now that I've seen it I couldn't walk away no even if I wanted to, yes now that I've seen it even though I'm leaving now every bit of me is still there
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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
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Circular Reasoning Words & Music by Allison Crowe I am running headlong into a train and I would like to give this thing a name but for now, I am just happy to be me and I can't believe I just said that 'Cause I have waited so long for something so ridiculously simple and I can't believe that it is this easy but it is I am walking down this street alone but I don't care I don't need somewhere to belong to not with you in my mind ya, you just make a little home here but only if you want to Lord knows I'm easy now 'Cause I have waited so long for something so ridiculously simple and I can't believe that it is this easy but it is You you're a little light in my dark and I can see you if I try hard enough and while I work to leave the life I led before I realize I ran away just so I could stay but maybe with you somewhere, sometime 'Cause I have waited so long for something so ridiculously simple and I can't believe that it is this easy but it is
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Darling Be Home Soon Words & Music by John Sebastian As performed by Allison Crowe Come And talk of all the things we did today Here And laugh about our funny little ways While we have a few minutes to breathe Then I know that it's time you must leave But darling be home soon I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled My darling be home soon It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled For the great relief of having you to talk to And now A quarter of my life is almost past I think I've come to see myself at last And I see that the time spent confused Was the time that I spent without you And I feel myself in bloom So darling be home soon I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled My darling be home soon It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled For the great relief of having you to talk to Darling be home soon I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled My darling be home soon It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled For the great relief of having you to talk to Go And beat your crazy head against the sky Try And see beyond the houses and your eyes It's ok to shoot the moon So darling My darling be home soon I couldn't bear to wait an extra minute if you dawdled My darling be home soon It's not just these few hours but I've been waiting since I toddled For the great relief of having you to talk to
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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 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
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This Little Bird Words & Music by Allison Crowe As performed by Allison Crowe This little bird has a wander lust Yes, I am going to see everything I'm going to feel I'm going to understand something here something good In a land in a different ocean same idea, but different sea just to have you lying next to me Oh, I'll be dancing in the fire You'll be laughing at the stars We'll be shouting from the buildings We'll be waving at the cars that pass us by as we stand here as time moves around us we are steady in this moment no, time doesn't seem to phase us at all This little bird's flying East for the Winter And you may think that my navigational equipment is out of order but I know exactly what I’m doing and yes I know exactly where I'm going To a corner in the East after travelling so far just to be with you just to be where you are I'll be dancing in the fire You'll be laughing at the stars We'll be shouting from the buildings We'll be waving at the cars that pass us as we stand here as time moves around us we are steady in this moment No, time doesn't seem to move us at all from where we are We are standing in this moment no, time… This little bird’s gonna see the good life has to offer and how you can give your heart and still feel free

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"This Little Bird" contains everything to love about the music of Allison Crowe. Adding titles of engineer and producer to her vocal, piano and guitar credits, Crowe is joined on most of the album's tracks by an ideal rhythm section ~ Dave Baird (bass) and Laurent Boucher (percussion). Nine new originals map emotional and spiritual territory with fresh sounds, encompassing: the elegiac "Phoenix"; the ramble tamble "Alive and Breathing"; gorgeous songs of love and hope, "Effortless" and "There Is"; the jaunty dark humor of "Skeletons and Spirits"; the redemptive grace of "Now"; the raucous celebration of the title track; a joy of simplicity in "Circular Reasoning"; and "Silence", a song that stirs with gypsy romance.

Acclaimed not only as an exciting songwriter and live performer, but, also, as a supreme song interpreter, for her freshly definitive takes, Allison Crowe delivers a trio of remarkable covers on "This Little Bird" - giving her singular voice to "A Case of You" (Joni Mitchell's knowing paen to heart and homeland), "Darling Be Home Soon" (John Sebastian's lovin' spoonful of longing) and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" (Ronnie Shannon's soulful song best-known as Aretha Franklin's break-out tune in 1967).

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released October 9, 2006

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