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Raining in Baltimore

from secrets by Allison Crowe



"I played my first piano/vocal song in front of anybody in the form of 'Raining in Baltimore'," notes Allison Crowe. By age 15, the Canadian artist was building her legend on stage in coffee-houses and clubs of Vancouver Island, Canada. She credits Adam Duritz and Counting Crows - especially "August and Everything After" - as primary inspirations. "I do what I do in large part due to this music and the honesty in its words and sounds," she says.

Alongside a repertoire of more than 100 original songs, Allison Crowe regularly features select covers. (Crowe's early, solo and band repertoire, includes diverse choices - Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Radiohead's "Creep" along with songs of Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco and others. People appreciate Crowe's passionate interpretations and she still loves to cover these songs.)

For her debut full-length album, "secrets", Crowe recorded "Raining in Baltimore".


Raining In Baltimore

Words & Music by Steve Bowman, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Dave Immergluck, Matt Malley
As performed by Allison Crowe

The circus is falling down on its knees
Big top is crumbling down
It's raining in Baltimore fifty miles east
Where you should be, no one's around
I need a phone call
I need a raincoat
I need a big love
I need a rain coat

These train conversations are passing me by
And I don't have nothing to say
You get what you paid for
But I just had no intention of living this way
I need a phone call
I need a plane ride
I need a sunburn
I need a raincoat

And I get no answers
And I don't get no change
It's raining in Baltimore, baby
But everything else is the same

There's things I remember, there’s things I forget
I miss you I guess that I should
Three-thousand five-hundred miles away
And what would you change if you could?

I need a phone call, maybe I should buy a new car
I can always hear a freight train, baby, if I listen real hard
And I wish, I wish it was a small world
’cause I'm lonely for the big towns
I'd like to hear a little guitar
I guess it's time to put the top down
I need a phone call
I need a raincoat
I really need a raincoat
I really, really need a rain coat
I really, really, really need a rain coat
I really need a raincoat


from secrets, released May 5, 2004


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