Crayon and Ink

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"Crayon and Ink", a favourite of many fans from the first days of Allison performing, was released on Allison Crowe's "6 Songs" EP in 2001, then, in 2002 on "6 Songs+", and, again, in 2003 when the song collection became "Lisa's Song + 6 Songs". She's performed the song live - solo and with band.

This video version of “Crayon and Ink” features Allison Crowe’s voice and piano, with Dave Baird on bass, and Kevin Clevette, percussion: music.allisoncrowe.com/track/crayon-and-ink

Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe’s dream-like “Crayon and Ink” is here paired with a visual excerpt from “Destino” – a collaboration launched last century by surrealist Salvador Dali and motion picture and animation pioneer Walt Disney.

In the 1940s Dali was in Hollywood, USA to design a sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Spellbound” (starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck). There, he met Disney and ideas flowed for a creative production – with storyboarding carried out during 1945/6 by Dali and Disney studio’s John Hench. As things happen, the project was shelved until Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, revived it in 1999 and commissioned Disney’s Paris studio to realize the work under producer Baker Bloodworth and director/animator Dominique Monfréy.

Their team of about two dozen animators brought to life the drawings, sketches and paintings made decades earlier – matching them to the music of Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and recording and movie star Dora Luz. “Destino” premiered in France on June 2, 2003 and you’ll find the complete animated short film in several locations online.

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Crayon and Ink

Composed by Allison Crowe

The Arctic surrounded my cold wooden room
I don't think I've ever felt so warm
these waters brought back to me
what I reluctantly believed
and I watched as the 4 corners gave way
to the ice and the life and the death

and the warmth
and they were all joined together

In that one instant I could
feel you crushing me
but I didn't want to remember what it felt like

to be alive
and still feel so cold

in crayon and ink
what I understood the least
were these words not spoken
out of fear of the law
or self sacrifice

and I never thought that confirmation
would come in to play
and these words were never going to be on
the tip of your tongue

and I was locked in a place
that I'd never seen before
without windows but
with curtains hanging on the walls
and I was forced to believe
all I had
I had to self-deprivate
and I was proved wrong
when you came back

in a room filled with nothing
this table looked away from me
a kick to your foot and a twist of your head
and I saw that you were afraid
but if you think that I was just being cold
you don't know how scared I was

in crayon and ink
what I understood the least
were these words not spoken
out of fear of the law
or self sacrifice

and I never thought that confirmation
would come in to play
and these words were never going to be on
the tip of your...

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from Live at Wood Hall, released July 1, 2005

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