Welcome to Us 1

by Allison Crowe

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Hours 04:13 video
Hours Composed by Allison Crowe All this shifting of the hours Moves towards the light And the presence of the emptiness Gives up without a fight And the movement of the river Goes towards the sea And my absence of fulfillment Presents itself to me These pockets of the sky Are turbulent at best We laugh when we are frightened Not at our own behest The chattering of spirits Keeps me wide awake It isn’t something stolen But it’s something I can’t take The sound of screaming beauties Cry themselves to sleep Whatever I hold on to Is nothing I can keep I run my hands across the stone now And slowing down my breath I haven’t gone but I am fading I scare myself to death Don’t be scared It’s just the wind And the minutes Don’t know where to begin We are getting older But it’s not amounting to anything – *(and it all adds up but who is counting)* to anything so just let go. *last time through
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Julianna 06:12 video
Julianna Composed by Allison Crowe It is far too much Too much she cannot hold She expects the worst She receives the cold It wasn't what she hoped, or believed It is what she got to get her through And another day just goes by for you Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But it kept her down Julianna If you watch her walk away Don’t you dare complain She tried to give you fire But you drowned her in the rain It isn’t what you hoped, or expected You feel yourself as slighted, and rejected But still another day just goes by for you Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But he kept her down Julianna It will not be that much Not much for you to hold But the little she can give Is worth its weight in gold It isn’t what she needs, or deserves But you have depleted her reserves And another day will go by, go by Julianna Julianna She tried too hard to breathe under the water But you let her down Julianna Julianna
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(Through These) Heavy Graces Composed by Allison Crowe I’m not better than anyone and you’re no better than me So here we stand at the artifice face-to-face in symmetry I laugh when I’m afraid and I cry when taken by peace I shake through new beginnings and I scream when I release I want to breathe but I can’t catch breath I want to live but I can’t shake death And bathe in light in the darkest of places Tread lightly through these heavy graces Guilt crawls through my skin and exits every pore I exist a floating creature of heart and bones, so sore But you stand firm in faith for your emptiness of soul And I’m left here with the shaking when laughter takes its toll I want to breathe But I can’t catch breath I want to live but I can’t shake death Bathe in light in the darkest of places Tread lightly through these heavy graces And shadow takes his cover It’s piercing with his eyes No moral lesson learned here No clever compromise Just feign of retribution and tears swallowed ill at ease To wash the scars from inside this doubt will not appease I want to breathe but I can’t catch breath I want to live but I can’t shake death And bathe in light in the darkest of places Tread lightly through these heavy graces I want to breathe but I can’t catch breath I want to live but I can’t shake death And bathe in light in the darkest of places Tread lightly through these heavy graces Tread lightly through these heavy graces Tread lightly through these, these heavy graces
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Hopeless 04:30 video
Hopeless Composed by Allison Crowe Am I supposed... to breathe... the air I take pride... and I try And I hold… on to my hair It’s always too broken To know..., lying awake I am cold – And I need you now… as you are and I will breathe when I can I am hopeless I am hopeless I am hopeless I am hopeless I try too hard, I hold too close, I leap when I should walk I should stay… but I move. Where are you… I need... somewhere I have cried... and I’ve tried And I’ve told… but it goes nowhere It’s always too quiet To hear… I am insane… I am frozen – And I need you now, as you are and I will bleed where I stand I am hopeless I am hopeless I am hopeless I am hopeless I try too hard, I hold too close, And I leap when I should walk I should stay… but I move But I move
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Silence 06:26 video
Silence Words & Music 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 You cannot control Where you are 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 I cannot control Where I am 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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Verses Composed by Allison Crowe All the verses I know Are song without a chorus All the air I breathe Is slow All these pages I’ve seen They got nowhere to turn The lake has run dry, try and there you are Ah, ah... All these lies you’ve told They come without a price You’re not forgiven, it doesn’t matter I didn’t have to think twice All the darkness I’ve seen I send over to yours I’ll never understand I’ve tried to hold you til you speak And the waves go by, and eyes are sore And I want it all, don’t ask for more And the world is broken, out of all I’ve seen You’re the only one who’ll ask for me And I know And I know I know / Morrison's Jig - Traditional
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Tarry Trousers Traditional - Arrranged by Allison Crowe As I roved out one fine Summer's ev'ning to view those flow'rs and to take the air 't'was there I spied a tender mother talking to her daughter dear Singing, "Daughter, o daughter, I'll have you to marry" "No longer to live a sweet single, life" "O mother, o mother, I 'd rather to tarry" "To be some brave young sailor's wife" "A sailor shy sits all for to wander" "To some foreign count'r'y he'd go" "They will cause you to sigh and to murmur" "They will prove your overthrow" "Or, if you could get me to wed with a farmer" "To be your joy and heart's delight" "But give me the boy with the tarry, tarry trousers" "To shine in my eyes like a diamond bright" She hung her head on the top of her shoulders Tears from her eyes like a fountain flowed "I'll stay at home and be true-hearted" "whilst my love to the sea doth go" "Hark, o hark, how the great guns are rattling" "Big and small, they all make noise" "My true love's in the field of battle" "Now fight on, my gallant boy"
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Wedding Song Words & Music by Allison Crowe At the turning of another moon comes time to end this day and only so many have to pass as I am gone away So I sing you now this lullaby though it's bittersweet for we have to part when we close our eyes but every morning meet These words fall down upon this page I never do get to sleep but to be so far away from you I lay my head and weep I know this night will be over soon there's another day in sight though darkness falls on empty sheets only you bring in the light No, I will never be the perfect wife I don't even know what that is but I will be here and he'll always know that my heart is his Count down the days and draw the curtains back pour the wine and say that we'll love as much as we both can do until our dying day that we'll love as much as we both can do until our dying day
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Gerald Thomas’ Burnt Potato (Les Patates Brûlées à Gerald Thomas) Composed by Émile Joseph Benoît
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Catharsis Composed by Amy Cann

about

Musicians Allison Crowe (vocals, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), Céline Sawchuk (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dave Baird (bass, vocals) & Keelan Purchase (accordion, 12-string guitar, bodhran, harmonica, vocals) banded together on the lovely isle of Newfoundland for sessions and shows.

For a flock of creators who live, literally, all over the map it’s a rare chance to slow the world a bit. “We had time to experiment, and think more about the larger picture musically,” says bassist & birder Dave. “It’s only the beginning. It’s just the first we’ve had opportunity to work the music out without much time restraint. It was fun, relaxed, and productive.”

Melding into one sound and performance experience the rawest of folk roots and the richest of arena rock – that barely begins to describe the originality and freshness of the quintet’s music and personality.

Debuting at Corner Brook, NL’s Rotary Arts Centre, RAC Theatre Co-ordinator Brad Randell observes, “The performance was absolutely magical.”

Rolling across the rock, captured fresh at the LSPU (Longshoremen's Protective Union) Hall in St. John's, NL, Canada – it’s music that’s food for the soul and fun for all.

Fortune’s present audio-wise, and Allison’s SD (memory) card is filled with tracks to be mined and enjoyed. Sláinte! What began as sessions for a studio album, "Rare Birds", has resulted in this live, double, set.

"Welcome to Us 1", the concert’s first act, presents the brilliant bi-coastal band's more guitar-and-fiddle-centric tunes – live.

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released April 3, 2018

Heartiest of thanks to: Ashley Mac, Greg House, Colin Furlong, Suzanne Mullett, Mike Hammond, Emily Carrigan, Danielle Hamel, Robert Gauthier, Pat Dempsey, Christopher D’Arcy Dunn, Barry Ross, Sue Legere, Alick Tsui, Krista Hansen, Brad Randell, David Smallwood, Lou Ellis, Chu Wu, Milka Smid, Clodagh O’Connell, Axel Dollheiser & Adrian du Plessis+

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