Great Island Wonder

by Allison Crowe

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about

There’s a lot of love expressed when Allison Crowe sings and plays. Love for another. Love for humanity. Love of place. Love of peace. Love of freedom. There’s heartbreak and loss, too. Exorcism. Transcendence. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music” – the artist’s raison d’etre.

“Great Island Wonder” is the official release of a concert bootleg that’s long circulated in torrent trading circles. Mélanie Bilodeau of Denman Island, on Canada’s Pacific shores, presented this concert to her home community and neighbours on Hornby Island in 2005 – it’s captured resonantly by Audioarchivist John MacMillan.

A sister, companion in ways, to “Live at Wood Hall” recordings of concerts earlier that Spring – this night’s undercurrents surface in song debuts of “I Don’t Know”, “You”, “Skeletons and Spirits” and reflect a different sort of intensity.

This date was soon followed by a cross-Canada tour, embarking birth-place Nanaimo, BC and reaching St. John’s and Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Canada’s Atlantic coast, where Allison Crowe made her new home. Bi-coastal love established then is grown ever-deeper now. (Another shift – this may be the final concert capture of entirely vocal-piano repertoire. By her next tours of Canada and Europe Crowe was including guitar songs, as well, in her set. In more recent years she’s added fiddle and bodhran.)

Sharing the tape – John MacMillan describes the 'Live on Denman Island' doc in these 'Personal notes':

“To be honest, this was a fairly ‘dark’ show - there seemed to be demons rearing their ugly heads for this concert. The song selection is pretty, um, deep and somewhat, well, I dunno what to call it. Not to go into all the dreary details, but I was beginning the end of a relationship with a partner who was the catalyst of making this show happen, and I believe Alley was going though a breakup that kind of came to a peak at this show. Like I say, the song selection and audience banter seems to reflect this stuff that was going on behind the scenes. Despite the personal hardships, I think it is a brilliant performance, with some humour thrown in as well. Allison Crowe is a great songwriter, a fantastic musician, and an amazing vocal talent. I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I enjoyed the show.”

(MacMillan’s 'Technical Notes' to the recording are found below on this “Great Island Wonder” album page.)

credits

released February 14, 2017

Allison Crowe – piano & vocals
Host/MC –Melanie Bilodeau
Engineer/Producer – John MacMillan

Special thanks to volunteers and folks of Denman Island,
BC Canada – their neighbours on Hornby Isl. – and you!

Album front: Allison Crowe foto
Album back: Straits of Georgia and Part of Vancouver Island (Map) - Ocean to Ocean, Sandford Fleming's Expedition Through Canada in 1872 (pub. 1873)

Allison Crowe
Live on Denman Island
D.I. Community Hall main stage
June 11, 2005

Multitrack live remote recording over 4 stereo sources, live concert sound PA mix, live stage monitor mix, recording multitrack re-synch of 8 channels, mixdown with multiple effects, and final mastering by Audioarchivist, who is also part of the team that locally promoted the show.
An authorized "bootleg" live concert recording.

Technical notes:
This is a multitrack recording, captured fairly well in a kind of oldschool lo-fi fly-by-night fashion. haha. It is an 8 channel live recording captured as 4 stereo pairs and re-assembled later in the computer. For the first stereo recording of the four, there were 2 Shure SM-57's 8 to 10 inches over the piano strings pointing a little forward at the hammers inside the piano about 18 to 22 inches apart and positioned centrally over what I thought looked like the best average of being that were recorded through a Mackie CR1604 mixer (with the XLR-10 mic pre expander pack for 16 full mic inputs) fed out directly into my computer's soundcard panned hard left - right. I think I also mixed them into the room live at maybe 30% panned to 20% off of being mono (so maybe 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock?) but the Denman Island Community Hall's great sound and acoustic piano filled a lot of the room naturally on it's own! These mics give the recording an interesting organic stereo sound.

The second stereo recording that captured a different part of the night was Allison's own personal vocal mic – a Neumann KMS105A condenser - and an extra Shure SM-58 mic that I mounted under the piano on the base of the piano's wheeled metal frame pointing up at the bottom of the piano. These were recorded off a second auxilary output of the Mackie board into a Sony MiniDisc recorder panned hard left - right so Alley was in one side and this third piano mic was in the other side. Obviously the vocal feed was used in the PA and the stage monitors prominently to match the acoustic piano in this lovely sounding venue. I remember we used a combination of Alley's owm travelling PA on stage as the monitor mix (in mono) and the Community Hall's Stereo PA to fill out the sides of this wide hall. I thought I did an alright job of making the whole hall sound good (and it was pretty full) but Alley's stage PA "monitor mix" was pretty hot and I heard later that the sound blew a few of the older ladies in the front rows heads clean off being so loud! Rock out! The 3rd under the piano mic was not in the live show's PA mix but is a part of the final mixdown recording.

Third of our stereo captures is a pair of Genexxa re-branded Shure Prologue 16L condenser mics on either side of the stage facing the audience going directly into another Sony MiniDisc unit stereo mic input. The mics were running through a lot of line (and a 100 foot 20 channel snake) out to my own handmade 2 XLR to stereo 3.5mm mic jack, and there was some buzzing noise interference that got captured from the lighting rig along with audience wide stereo ambience. I have done my best at the time to de-noise the buzzing to salvage the ultra-wide room capture, and where I needed to use it the noise is minimal and bearable but occasionally audible.

Fourth and finally a stereo capture from a Roland Edirol R-04 digital recorder internal mics at the middle back of the room where I was. The unit was placed on a stack of equipment to place it at about 6 feet high (head height) and above the level of the seated audience between the recorder and the stage. This recording is a nice stereo room capture of all the sounds in the room that night. The sound from all the PA speakers. The direct sound from the grand piano with the full open lid. Natural room reverb. Audience applause. And no buzzing humming annoyance of a bad noise! Unfortunately this part of the recording is incomplete. The recorder belonged to a friend in the audience who'd just purchased this new digital audio recorder and wanted to test it. It only had a small memory card, and it ran out about halfway through the show. Also, it is a lossy master recording, captured in mp3 format.

All of these 4 stereo sources to make an 8 channel master live recording were manually re-synched in Cubase VST32 5.1 and mixed down with appropriate effects where necessary. Equalization and compression on vocal and piano mics, some stereo reverb on the mono vocals and mono under-piano mic, de-noising on the stage ambience mics. The Edirol R-04 ambience source is used for natural room reverb and audient sound for the first half of the show, and crossfaded into the stage Shure ambience mics as the Edirol source was incomplete.

I spent months and months (years, really) finding what I think is a proper mix of these 8 tracks for this show. For a long time I abandoned this recording, as the Shure stage ambient mics had some noise interference from the lighting board (big buzz), but a recent de-noising tool made it useable again. I mixed and remixed and re-re-re-remixed this show until I settled on this mix as being the one I was happy with. Fresh ears and an indecisive mind made me keep changing it! I just wasn't happy with any of my mixes of this recording until recently. When i finalized the mix and made a copy for Adrian (Allison's manager) I erroneously bypassed all the EQ settings that I had found to work, making a flat lifeless mix by accident in my rush to give a copy to them at a recent show. Oops! This version is a correction of that mistake, restoring the intended sound of my "final" (for now!) mix.

Until later,
-John MacMillan, Audioarchivist

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Track Name: Independence Day
Independence Day

Words & Music by Ani DiFranco
As performed by Allison Crowe

We drove the car
To the top of the parking ramp
4th of July

Sat out on the hood
With a couple of warm beers
And watched the fireworks
Explode in the sky

There was an exodus of birds from the trees
'cause they didn't know
We were only pretending

And the people all looked up and looked pleased
And the birds flew around
Like the whole world was ending

I don't think war is noble
And I don't like to think love is like war
But I got a big hot cherry bomb
And I wanna slip it through the mail slot
Of your front door

You can't leave me here
I got your back now
You'd better have mine

And you say the coast is clear
But you say that all the time

So many sheep I quit counting
Sleepless and embarrassed
About the way that I feel

Trying to make mole hills out of mountains
Building base camp at the bottom
Of a really big deal

Did I ever tell you how I stopped eating
When you stopped calling me
I was cramped up
Shitting rivers for weeks
And pretending that I was finally free

You can't leave me here
I got your back now
You'd better have mine

And you say the coast is clear
But you say that all the time

We drove the car
To the top of the parking ramp
4th of July

I planted my dusty boots on the bumper
Sat out on the hood
And looked up at the sky
Track Name: There Is
There Is
Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Open up your door
I know we've both been here before
But there's a shadow fading here
A revolution on its way

Open up your mind
I know I've drowned in there before
But my wings are drying off
And I am ready to dive in
I am coming back again
To you

A way
There is a way
Out of this
There is

Give me a minute
I'll try to explain myself to you
I am the girl who is always with you
The one who's always watching

Give me a break I thought that you
understood this already
And I'm not trying to deceive you
I don't have that much time on my hands
And I am not going to leave you alone

A way
There is a way
Out of this
There is

I see you in the rain
and you are more beautiful
than I have ever seen

And when I walk I want you with me
And I see your smile above me
and I know, I know there is

A way
there is a way
out of this
there is
Track Name: I Don't Know
I Don't Know

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I don’t know how to deal with this
So maybe I’ll just descend into madness
Looking out of the corner of my eye

Maybe I’ll just run away
If I can’t think of anything nice to say, to save my life,
before we all fly away

And I’d like to think I did something worthwhile

And I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
But I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

I’m tired of watching so many people
Systematically destroy themselves
Go ahead, this one is on me

I think we’re all hiding from an invisible monster
Some part of ourselves
We don’t want anyone to see

I’d like to think this did something worthwhile
Besides
Killing everyone I know

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this
And I am not going to pretend I do

And I’d like to think this did anything at all
But, I think I know better by now

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
And I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou

But, I don’t get this, I don’t get this
I don’t get this

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
But, I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

'cause I do...

‘cause maybe I understand too well
Track Name: What About You
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 12
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...
Track Name: Finally
Finally

Words & Music by Allison Crowe & Stephen Clevette

I am broken
But I am still with you
I am traveling alone
But I can still see you here

And I hope that you can see me
Because I can't see anything but you

And I want you to come home
I've spent so many days here on my own
And I hope that you will see me
And with you I can finally be free

Your voice echoes in my mind
All that you have left behind
I am waiting by the phone
for you to realize that I am still here alone

And I hope that you can hear me now
Because I won't hear anything but you

And I want you to come home
I've spent so many days here on my own
And I hope that you will see me
And with you I can finally be free

And I want you to come home
I've spent so many days here on my own
And I hope that you will see me
And with you I can finally be free

And with you I can be free, finally
Track Name: You
You
Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I see what I've become
and I've become what I hated
I feel so used and I feel so dated

Like everything I've tried
just to keep myself alive
was all worth nothing
I thought I was worth something

but now I'm just scared
and I think that I'm losing it
like I'm living in this body but
I can't see myself choosing it

I want to be alive
and I want to be free
but what is all of this worth
if I can't stand to be around me

and you
you always cut me down
and I can try to please you
but you are never satisfied
and I don't deserve this from you

I've tried everything
and I've asked everyone
but I'm still stuck in myself
and I can't get out

every shot to the soul
every night I fall further
in this self tangled desperation
i want to live without an explanation

but I sit as I wage
this silent war upon myself
try to fix it by being outward
but I end up walking backward

as I jolt myself around
I throw myself to the ground
please just make this go away
I don't want to hear this anymore

and you
you always cut me down
and I can try to please you
but you are never satisfied
and I don't deserve this from you

and I know I could run
back to the start
but I don't think that I could live through that again

so I sit here and listen
to what I could be if I tried
but I feel like I fail at every turn

and you
you always cut me down
and I can try to please you
but you are never satisfied
and I don't deserve this from you
Track Name: In My Life
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
Track Name: Running
Running

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Verse 1

Granted I've been a fool before
But I've never felt
So completely insane
I know I've been here before
But I never saw this
For what it really was and

Pre chorus:

I hope that I can get my point across
I hope that I don't lie dormant in the shadows now
I know that I am running as fast as I can
But I know that that's not very fast at all

Chorus:

I am trying so hard to be something
That I just end up being nothing at all
So watch me as I stumble now
Watch me smile as I hit the ground

Verse 2

Every time that I knew the truth
I would just pretend
That I wasn't hiding
I'd tell myself that it's alright
I know myself
I think that's all that matters and

Pre-Chorus:

I hope that I can get my point across
I hope that I don't lie dormant in the shadows now
I know that I am running as fast as I can
And I know that that's not very fast at all

Chorus:

I am trying so hard to be something
That I just end up being nothing at all
So watch me as I stumble now
Watch me smile as I hit the ground

Bridge:

I always expect this
I always see it coming
I love it when it's faltering
I love it when it's failing
I know that there is
Most likely something wrong with that
But it's a part of who I am

At least I think that it might be, anyway...

I'm trying so hard to be something
That I just end up being nothing at all
So watch me as I stumble now
Watch me smile as I hit the ground

I'm trying so hard to be something
That I just end up being nothing at all
So watch me as I stumble now
Watch me smile as I hit the ground...

As I hit the ground...

Watch me smile as I hit the ground
Track Name: Sea of a Million Places
Sea of A Million Faces

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I pulled a knife on myself today
I don’t know what I was thinking
All of these words trapped inside my head
I feel like I’ve been drinking

And I know you don’t want to see
Me this way...

In a sea of a million faces
I feel so alone
I only have you
to hold on to
So please don’t go, don’t go.

And so I walk through the moonlit streets
But the light evades me
Lost in the darkness of endless nights
I am cold and I’m afraid

and I wish that I could see...
you this way too...

In a sea of a million faces
I feel so alone

I only have you to hold on to
So please don’t go, don’t go

I would have crawled for ten thousand days
Just to get back to you
With dirty knees and a wind torn face
I don’t know what I’m supposed to do

And I don’t ever want

To see you this way...
Track Name: Pray for Rain
Pray For Rain

Words & Music by Allison Crowe
As performed by Allison Crowe

The enemy in the mirror
Eyes of fire staring back at me
I am the judge the jury and the executioner
Of everything I've tried to be
And now I think I'm dying

I could pray for rain
I don't believe in anything
I have cried so long that I can't feel
I am dry, I am dry, I am

I'm in and out of consciousness
You want so badly to get through
If I can't even save myself
Then how am I supposed to save you
And I think you know that

I could pray for rain
But I don't believe in anything
I have cried so long that I can't feel
I am dry, I am dry, I am

So here I lay on the porcelain again
My mouth is dry and my hands are shaking
Now I do not know anything
Now I’m afraid to die

I could pray for rain
I don’t believe in anything
I have cried so long that I can’t feel
I am dry, I am dry, I am

I could pray for rain
I don’t believe in anything
And I have cried so long that I can’t feel
I am dry, I am dry, I am

I am

dry
Track Name: Secrets (That Aren't My Own)
Secrets

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

verse 1
you know I hold these in
and I take them for myself
I'm covered in guilt
but it's not my own

there isn't any reason
for me to feel like I'm dying
I'm done with being afraid
I'm done with lying

chorus:
and I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I know that I'm not perfect
and maybe I am the court jester
I'm the life of the party
and I know too much about the court...

I have these secrets that aren't my own

verse 2
so take this how you want to
I'm not here to judge you
I just want to be in love with you
I just want to forget myself

i want to just be ignorant
please take this pain away from me
down to the river and out to the sea
down to the river and out to the sea

chorus:
and I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I know that I'm not perfect
yeah, I am the court jester
I'm the life of the party
and I know too much about the court...

I have these secrets that aren't my own

verse 3
it's too far to reach.
but I'm too scared to let go.
it's too close to ignore
but I feel so far away now

I'm crawling in the ceiling
I'm scratching through the walls
I'm trying to scream
but my own hand is on my throat

chorus:
And I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I want to be like Venus
to just bare it all and face the world
but I'm tangled in these blankets
I'm caught in between the lines

I have these secrets that aren't my own
Track Name: Disease
Disease

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Stepping on
the thoughts of all pain
released from this anger
is some place I would like to be
and when I feel myself defeated
I bleed
and when I see them twist around
dancing in their own wake
I rage

And I don't want to exist on this plane
crashing down to the level of
depth of skin
flesh and bone
all wrapped up in pages
flashed in our faces
laughing and spiteful

Run away

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool

Try to hold on to what I believe
disappeared
no longer here as anything but
wretched and disfigured
so I slash myself again
and I drown my hopes again
lose myself in this disease

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool

Cut yourself to the mold
Nothing left to rid yourself of
but bile and blood
torn skin screaming
and silenced as we
replace marble with plastic

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool
Track Name: Bill
Bill

Words by P.G. Wodehouse & Music by Jerome Kern
As performed by Allison Crowe

I used to dream that I would discover
The perfect lover someday,
I knew I'd recognize him if ever
He came 'round my way.
I always used to fancy then
He'd be one of the God-like kind of men
With a giant brain and a noble head
Like the heroes bold
In the books I've read.

But along came Bill
Who's quite the opposite of all
The men in storybooks
In grace and looks
I know that Apollo
Would beat him
All hollow

And I can't explain,
It's surely not his brain
That makes me thrill --
I love him because he's wonderful,
Because he's just my Bill.

He can't play golf or tennis or polo,
Or sing a solo, or row.
He isn't half as handsome
As dozens of men that I know.
He isn't tall or straight or slim
And he dresses far worse than Ted or Jim.
And I can't explain why he should be
Just the one, one man in the world for me.

He's just my Bill, an ordinary man,
He hasn't got a thing that I can brag about.
And yet to be
Upon his knee
So comfy and roomy
Seems natural to me.
Oh, I can't explain,
It's surely not his brain
That makes me thrill --
I love him because he's -- I don't know...
Because he's just my Bill.



Written in 1917 for Oh Lady! Lady!
Revised later w. Oscar Hammerstein II for Show Boat
Track Name: Skeletons and Spirits
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
Track Name: Hallelujah
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
Track Name: In Love In Vain
In Love In Vain

Words & Music by Leo Robin/Jerome Kern
As performed by Allison Crowe

It's only human for anyone to want to be in love,
Who wants to be in love in vain?
At night you hang around the house and eat your heart out,
And cry your eyes out
And wrack your brain.

You sit and wonder how anyone as wonderful as he
Could cause you such misery and pain.

I thought that I would be in heaven,
But I'm only up a tree,

'Cause it's just my luck to be in love in vain.

You sit and wonder how anyone as wonderful as he
Could cause you such misery and pain.

I thought that I would be in heaven,
But I'm only up a tree,

'Cause its just my luck to be in love, just my luck to be in love

It's just my luck to be in love,
in vain
Track Name: Imagine
Imagine

Words & Music by John Lennon
As performed by Allison Crowe

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one
Track Name: Me and Bobby McGee
Me and Bobby McGee

Words & Music by Fred Foster & Kris Kristofferson
As performed by Allison Crowe

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train
An' I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained
I headed all the way to New Orleans

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues, Lord
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine
We sang every song the driver knew

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
Ah, nothing, honey if it ain't free, Lord

Feeling good was easy, Lord,
when he sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun
Yeah, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done
Yeah, Bobby baby kept me from the cold

I pulled up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away
He's lookin' for that home, and I hope he finds it
Well, I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday
To be holdin' Bobby's body next to mine

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
Ah, nothing, well that's all that Bobby left me, Lord

Feeling good was easy, Lord
when he sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La de di, la de di da, la de di de di di da, la di da, la de di da Bobby
McGee

La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da Bobby
McGee

La da la la la, la da la la la da la La da da la d da hey, hey, I said my Bobby
McGee, Lord

Lo do da la da da da, lo da la la la da la La da da la la la hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby
McGee, oh yeah

I said I called him my lover, called him my man, I said called him my lover
do the best I can, yeah, c'mon Bobby, now, c'mon Bobby McGee, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lord, hey, hey, hey, yeah, I said my Bobby McGee, yeah

La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da

Hey hey I said Bobby McGee Lord

Lord lordy, lordy lordy lord oh Lord

Hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby McGee, Lord