Tidings

by Allison Crowe

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Words: Edmund H. Sears, 1810-1876 Music: Richard Storrs Willis, 1819-1900 Tune: Carol, Meter: CMD Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, and good will toward men, from heaven's all-gracious King." The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing
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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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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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Silent Night Words: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848; trans. by John F. Young, 1820-1885 (sts 1, 2, 3) and anon. (st 4) Music: Franz Gruber, 1787-1863 Tune: STILLE NACHT, Meter: Irr. Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight; glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born! Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light; radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
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In the Bleak Midwinter Words: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934 Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr. Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. Heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall welcome Him when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed for the Lord Incarnate, Jesus Christ. Angels and archangels sang their praises there, cherubim and seraphim gathered in the air; but his Mother Mary, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the Beloved only with a kiss. What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise One, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
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What Child Is This (Greensleeves) Words: William C. Dix (1837-1898), The Manger Throne, 1865 Music: Greensleeves, 16th Century English melody Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
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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
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The First Noel Words: Trad. English carol Music: Trad. English carol; harm from Christmas Carols New and Old Tune: ---, Meter: Irr. with Refrain Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep. Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. (Refrain) And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. (Refrain) This star drew nigh to the northwest, o'er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. (Refrain)
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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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O Holy Night Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847 (Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle); translated from French to English by John S. Dwight (1812-1893) Music: Adolphe C. Adam (1803-1856) Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night divine, O night, O night divine! O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night divine, O night, O night divine!
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Shine A Light Words & Music by Mick Jagger/Keith Richards As performed by Allison Crowe I saw you stretched out in room 1009 With a smile on your face and a tear right in your eye I could not seem to get a line on you My sweet honey love Berber jewelry jangling down the street make you shut your eyes' every woman that you meet I could not seem to get a high on you My sweet honey love May the good Lord shine a light on you Make every song you sing your favourite tune May the good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun Well, you're drunk in the alley, baby with your clothes all torn And your late night friends leave you in the cold grey dawn Just seemed too many flies on you and I can't brush them off Angels beating all their wings in time with smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eye Thought I heard one sigh for you Come on up now, come on up, now Come on up, now May the good Lord shine a light on you Make every song you sing your favourite tune May the good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun Yea-eheh... ohhhh... Come on up now, come on up, now Come on up, now May the good Lord shine a light on you Make every song you sing your favourite tune May the good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun Ohh...
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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

about

Tidings brings together traditional carols, and not-so-traditional songs, all interpreted, even redefined, through the vocal and piano artistry of Allison Crowe.

It's a much-loved collection tagged "the Yule-tide find of the year" by one music critic. "Her voice celebrates the music with a bluesy rock-gospel intensity; her controlled vibrato, silken rasp, and powerful projection rivet your attention. This is no casual background music... be prepared to be amazed," says another reviewer.

The album of is popular year-round - not just during the Christmas season when it's a natural. It's truly "music for the season and all time".

Tidings is recorded, live-off-the-floor, on Winter's eve in Canada by Engineer & Producer Larry Anschell, (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, k-os), who captures the magic at his Turtle Recording studio by the shore in White Rock, BC, Canada.

Peace on Earth ~ goodwill toward all.

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released November 11, 2004

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