Welcome to Us 2

by Allison Crowe

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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!

"Welcome to Us 2", the concert’s second 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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Track Name: I Might (feat. Céline Sawchuk)
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
Track Name: Back to Black
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
Track Name: Shifts of Light / Tones in Transition...
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
Track Name: I Am the Air
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.
Track Name: Lisa's Song
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...
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 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...
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: Arthur
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
Track Name: Hallelujah
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
Track Name: Rare Birds
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
Track Name: Now I'm 64
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
Track Name: Bird Set Free
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