Better Man

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"Heavy Graces" includes new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside the Canadian artist's interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

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Here she covers a favourite by Eddie Vedder - first performed by EV with the band Bad Radio - and, then, naturally, with Pearl Jam.

Allison Crowe identifies "Vitalogy", PJ's 1994 album, as one of the central music influences during her formative teen years. She tells music blogger, Stephen Thomas (co-founder of the UK's Folkroom Records):

"And, of course, I have ALWAYS dreamed in colour and loved Better Man."

"Singing along to 'Better Man' with an entire Vancouver concert audience the first time I ever managed to experience Pearl Jam live... is something I will never forget. We were freaking GOOD singers! I can't wait to experience that again."

With her own, roots rock, version of the song, Crowe brings past and present together musically.

Visually, as well, time is elastic and themes impressionistic.

The music is joined by an excerpt from the silent film classic "Broken Blossoms" - directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish as Lucy Burrows, Donald Crisp as Battling Burrows, (her abusive father), and Richard Barthelmess as Cheng Huan (who befriends and nurses Lucy).

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Better Man

Composed by Eddie Vedder
As Performed by Allison Crowe

Waiting, watching the clock, it's four o'clock, it's got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
as he opens the door, she rolls over
pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she's in love with him, can't find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can't find a better man
Oh...

Talkin' to herself, there's no one else who needs to know
she tells herself, oh
Memories back when she was bold and strong
and waiting for the world to come along
She swears she knew it, now she swears he's gone

She lies and says she's in love with him, can't find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can't find a better man
She lies and says she still loves him, can't find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can't find a better man
Can't find a better man
Can't find a better man

She loved him, oh, she don't want to be this way
She feeds him, oh, that's why she'll be back again

Can't find a better man
Can't find a better man
Can't find a better man
Can't find a better man...

Oh oh oh oh oh...

Ah ah...

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from Heavy Graces, released October 15, 2013

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