Allison Crowe's "Rock'n'Rail Revue" on CKUA - 18​/​05​/​06

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Allison Crowe and audiences experienced the "Rock'n'Rail Revue" in 2006 - a transcontinental concert tour by train.

"A Mari usque Mare" is Canada's national motto - meaning "From Sea to Sea". And that's just where Allison Crowe traveled and performed - linking the two places she calls home: Nanaimo, British Columbia and Corner Brook, Newfoundland (Canadian cities with 6,000 km of country between them but which are, remarkably similar coastal communities.)

With the gracious and generous support of VIA Rail Canada the artist rolled out from Vancouver, BC's Pacific Central Station on Mother's Day - riding the rails through the majestic Rocky Mountains and to this interview in the Edmonton studios of Alberta's legendary community radio station, CKUA.

There she joined "Nine to Noon" show host Lionel Rault for a chat and a live performance of two songs: "Whether I'm Wrong", (a 2003-penned song featured by the UNESCO-endorsed "New Songs for Peace" project), and "Effortless" (a song released later on her "This Little Bird" album).

On track for concert dates in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, London and Ottawa, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, Boutilier's Point and Halifax, Nova Scotia and the eastern rail terminus. From there, it was a journy over land and sea to "the rock" - Newfoundland - for shows in St. John's and Corner Brook.

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lyrics

Whether I'm Wrong

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Don't want to raise my head
The world is covered in rage
Voices calling out in anger
Entering erratically into another age

Shadow puppets on the wall
Don't know who to believe
In the darkness standing tall
With a smile upon your face

And I have a right, to
Have a voice, have a say

Whether I'm wrong, or whether I'm right
It doesn't really matter anymore
You've put up a wall
You've put up a fight
And now it seems we've forgotten
What all that was for

Whether you don't want to
Or whether you can't see
What is right in front of your face
Time is running out
And we're already losing ground
With the human race

Don't want to raise my hand
Don't know why I'm scared to say
I feel like I want to call out
Feel like I want to run away

And I don't know why anyone
Should have to suffer anymore
I don't know a lot of anything
But I do wonder what all of this is for

And you have a right, too
To have a voice, have a say

Whether I'm wrong
Or whether I'm right
It doesn't really matter anymore
You've put up a wall
We've put up a fight
And now it seems we've forgotten
What all of that was for

Whether you don't want to
Or whether you can't see
What is right in front of your face
Time is running out
And we're already losing ground
With the human race

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from Allison Crowe - Artifacts, released December 31, 2014

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