Welcome to Us 2

by Allison Crowe

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I Might Composed by Oliver Koletzki & Franziska Lauter I might go out tonight and look for someone tonight I might meet a man and agree to just one kiss or maybe three I might just give in to see how love used to feel and learn to forget it´s not you I might go for a walk tonight and look for someone who’s right to match this broken heart of mine I might need some company when I walk the streets of Berlin and I hope I won’t accidentally meet you Or maybe I do The river where we used to kiss is lonely The places where you used to hold my hand are gloomy And every time I pass this Winter night when you made me cry with three little words so simple and shy Still makes me cry Still makes me cry Still makes me cry It still makes me cry So I might go out tonight and look for someone tonight To match this broken heart of mine Might need some company when I walk the streets of Berlin When I walk the streets of Berlin
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Back to Black Composed by Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson We only said goodbye In words I died a hundred times You go back to her and I go back You only said goodbye In words I died a hundred times You go back to her and I go back to black
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Shifts of Light Composed by Allison Crowe We are in water – we are in shadow – we are in trouble right now We have to be sorted – we have to be careful – we have to be brave, still, somehow I will open the path, we will speak tenderly We will walk, we will save ourselves – render me in shifts of light so I feel the day as it breaks, it is breaking me, it is breaking us all Over the surface – run sinews of cold dust – it’s too cold to feel my hands It will not be easy – there will not be revelry – but we will see where it all stands You will open the light, I will ask quietly We will run, we will help each other – now severe me from the absence of shelter to the defiance of the day It will put us together – it will keep us all together Under the water – we breathe in the water – we choke or we learn how to live We’ve already sorted – we’ve done what we wanted – but we are never quite done somehow We will open our arms, we will speak graciously We will fall, we will brace ourselves – deliver me to the patience of our laughter in a quiet loving hand We will be on our own, we will hold our own, we will meet again, We will meet again
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I Am the Air Composed by Allison Crowe I am the air I breathe I am the fire. I am the door you left open, I am desire. And I hope, and I hope this gets through to you. And I know, and I know, that it won’t. I am the time that passes without a sound, I am the wind that knocks all your motion down. And I know and I see, this got through to you. And I pray, though I say I don’t pray that you hear me now. And I say though I can’t say that you will believe me. So I scream, and I scream until I’m worn. And I tear up, and I tear until I’m torn. I sleep and I sleep so I can dream this up. I keep and I keep the shadows in my head. And I fight and I fight away this dread. I will light I will light this fire until I’m dead. You are the air I breathe, you are the fire. You are the door I left open, you are desire. And you hope, and you hope that this gets through to me. You don’t know, you don’t know it never will.
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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 at 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 You can call me You can call me You can call me You can call Take you home Across the sea and to your door Take you home But I’m so scared Home isn’t here anymore Take you home hold you in Through the nightshade and under the stars hold you in Hold you in, hold you in, hold...
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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 twelve 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...
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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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Arthur Words & Music by Allison Crowe And the weight of this war We are fighting Is a door that is opening And sighing You say come back inside It is warm here You have seen it out there And you ran away If you lift without strength Can you move it Or the sword in this stone Would you lose it Are you Arthur Or only pretending And this hope you have burned Are you sending away Away, away… Would you hold me If I disappeared now And if I didn’t know Who I was Would you stay with me While I was losing Or lay down your sword And run away Would you still love me If I forgot you If my heart held to Only a thread In the flicker of eyes I would see you Would you carry me back from my dread away Away, 'way, away away, away
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Hallelujah Words & Music by Leonard Cohen As performed 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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Rare Birds Composed by Allison Crowe Like an open window on a cold spring day Like a rare bird standing on the shore I am all but ready now to sail away On the cool winds to fly forever more We will call to conscience all we could believe We will breathe the air while we can It is not to what we owe the pleasure of It is how, when the ground is weak, we stand Take off now, and be free You don’t owe yourself to me You don’t owe a single thing to anyone When you land it will be What you’ve willed yourself to see And the paths that you have taken will be one
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Now I'm 64 Traditional As performed by Allison Crowe and Band I pondered on those days gone by as I sat beside the mill and gazed upon the setting Sun as it sank beneath the hill I gazed on it once more, me boys, ’t’was the very Sun I've seen Well, it's just the same now as it was when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 The little fish swim in the brook and wander down below They swim until, and ever will, as they did long ago The little meadow by the brook is just as fresh and green It’s just the same now as it was when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 Oh, the past is past and she is gone, on Earth we'll meet no more But we will meet in Heaven above on that eternal shore And when we meet we'll part no more, we both will reign supreme No more to sing of days gone by when we were sweet 16 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64 Oh, how I long for those bright days to come again once more But come again they never will for now I'm 64
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Bird Set Free Composed by Sia Furler, Gregory Kurstin Clipped wings, I was a broken thing Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing You would wind me down I struggled on the ground, oh So lost, the line had been crossed Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk You held me down I struggle to fly now, oh But there's a scream inside that we all try to hide We hold on so tight, we cannot deny Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh Yes, there's a scream inside we all try to hide We hold on so tight, but I don't wanna die, no I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die, yeah I don’t care if I sing off key I find myself in my melodies I sing for love, I sing for me I shout it out like a bird set free No, I don't care if I sing off key I find myself in my melodies I sing for love, I sing for me I shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I shout it out like a bird set free Now I fly, hit the high notes I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight You held me down But I fought back loud Oh, there's a scream inside we all try to hide We hold on so tight, we cannot deny Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive Yes, there's a scream inside that we all try to hide We hold on so tight, but I don't wanna die, no I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die And I don't care if I sing off key I find myself in my melodies I sing for love, I sing for me I shout it out like a bird set free No I don't care if I sing off key I find myself in my melodies I sing for love, I sing for me I'll shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I'll shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I'll shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I'll shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I'll shout it out like a bird set free Oh, oh, oh, oh… I'll shout it out like a bird set free

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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 2", the concert’s second act, presents the brilliant bi-coastal band's more piano-centric tunes – and encore – 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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