Double​-​Edged Swords

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    When critics liken you to Edith Piaf, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Modest Mussorgsky, it’s a good sign you’re truly one-of-a-kind. So it is with musical explorer Allison Crowe who, since creating her own record label in 2001, uniquely inhabits the world of song – continually adding breadth and depth to a richly expressive repertoire for piano, vocals, guitar and bodhran.

    Crowe’s “supernaturally agile and exquisite voice” is complemented ideally by her international touring band: Céline Greb (cello, vocal harmonies); Sarah White (mandolin, vocal harmonies); and Dave Baird (bass). Longtime friend, musician and photographer Billie Woods contributes guitar and vocal harmonies to the band’s recordings. The combo’s gorgeously thrilling hybrid of Canadiana, Celtic, jazz, roots, folk, soul and original rock bridges vital originals with fresh interpretations of classics by Annie Lennox and Gary O'Driscoll.

    Alongside multi-genre concert and recording projects over this past year the Nanaimo-born, Newfoundland-based artist’s active as music curator and arranger for acclaimed stage productions of: Atlantic Canada’s folk and popular song; the collaborative works of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill; and choral renderings of traditional Christmas carols.

    A singular artistry and virtuosity make Allison Crowe performances legendary - and fun. In the Scottish Highlands she brought down the house on a bill with Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen's Music. In Hollywood Superman movie director Zack Snyder is outspoken in his respect and admiration. Touring with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet audiences responded with spontaneous standing ovations.

    "The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life,” says longtime American public broadcaster Ross Hocker. “Allison has a special gift that is so very rare in musicians today. She is true to her mind, heart and spirit. She also has a most wonderful humor which envelops her audience."

    "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," sums up Allison Crowe.

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Double-Edged Swords

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Going backwards on the train to France
As Germany flies by
I find myself distracted and
Wondering where and what and why

I’m running away, running faster still
Slamming into a wall
The trips that I take myself on
Always lead to a fall

So don’t hurt me, then maybe do
Maybe just let me be
I don’t want to believe in anything
And I am not sure that I am free

If anything, don’t lie to me
Just to play at words
Either run, walk, or attack me
You and your double-edged swords

I don’t know why I get so close
So enraged, so serious
I don’t know why my lucidities
Always lead to delirious…

But, they do, oh my they do
And I delight in the blood
Far beneath these wings, I think,
is something less than good

So, don’t hurt me, but, then, maybe do
Maybe just let me be
I don’t want to believe in anything
And I am not sure that I am free

If anything don’t lie to me
just to play at words
Either run, walk, or attack me
You and your double-edged swords

Now, maybe this is just my imagination
If so ignore this proclamation
Hell, now I’m filled with indignation
So please accept my resignation

I’m unpredictable, unwise at times
Dangerous in changing light
Too deep, too dark to see through
Or clear, calm and bright

So, if you think you’re trouble
What does that make me
If you think you’re the forest, baby
That makes me the sea

So don’t hurt me, well, then, maybe do
Maybe just let me be
I don’t want to believe in anything
And I am not sure that I am free

If anything, don’t lie to me
just to play at words
Either run, walk or attack me
You and your double-edged swords

Don’t hurt me
Maybe just a little
Maybe just let me be
I don’t want to believe in anything
and, then again, I kinda do

So, if anything don’t lie to me
just to play at words
Either run, walk or attack me
You and your double-edged swords

Either run, walk or attack me
You and your double-edged swords

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from Introducing, released September 4, 2016

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