Unstable (Allison Crowe)

from Crowe: Covers, Live + Rare by Allison Crowe

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Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Joe Cocker, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Eddie Vedder… visceral rock singers of legend.

Among Allison Crowe’s early studio recording experiences was a kind invitation from “Her Royal Majesty’s Records”, the label started by Canada’s own rock/punk/poet icon, Bif Naked. Naked’s manager and HRMR co-founder, music industry veteran Peter Karroll remarked upon first hearing the island-based musician: “She is reminiscent of some of the great women vocalists who shaped rock music in the late '60s and early '70s. Allison's emotional delivery is unique in today's music."

Here’s "Unstable" - one of the songs Allison Crowe performed in those days with her bandmates Dave Baird (bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums). It’s recorded in White Rock, BC’s Turtle studios by Larry Anschell (who’s captured music of Bif, Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan ++).

The accompanying visual is excerpted from an experimental 1928 film version of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Directed and photographed by James Sibley Watson, Jr. – it’s a cinematic adaptation Watson co-wrote with Melville Webber (who also designed the sets for this American avant-garde piece). An early scenario for the film was written by poet and essayist+ e.e. cummings.

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Unstable

Words & Music - Allison Crowe

I thought I could push this to the back of my mind
I thought I'd left all the fear behind
I thought that I could just walk away
And there'd be nothing more to say
But I saw you headed for the hills
And I think you are running from yourself still
Except this time it's you who has to live
With what you do not me

Do you think I'm crazy?
Well you haven't seen me yet
Do you think I'm unstable?
You don't know the half of it

And all I can see are shadows of memory
But I still can't see anything real
It's dark in here
It's hopeless
There's something wrong here
But I can't quite tell what it is
But I saw you headed for the door
Like every coward I've seen before
Except this time it's my (your) blood fallen to the floor
I can't breathe and I...

Do you think I'm crazy?
Well you haven't seen me yet
Do you think I'm unstable?
You don't know the half of it

Saw you again today
After all my hopes were torn away
The pages blurred in front of me
And the pain shot through me
I cannot see your face
And I can't remember anything

Ya think I'm crazy?
Well you haven't seen me yet
Do you think I'm unstable?
You don't know the half of it

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from Crowe: Covers, Live + Rare, released January 6, 2016

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