Midnight

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Solo version by Allison Crowe of a song that’s a popular song in her group performances – “Midnight”.

This video grew out of Allison’s participation in the “YourFry” digital story-telling project of Stephen Fry. In 2014 the English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist – together with his publisher Penguin Random House - open-sourced his newest memoir, “More Fool Me”.

The YourFry team and panel calls Allison's mashup "wonderfully creative and charming. It brought up interesting associations we hadn't thought of. We loved the juxtaposition of Stephen's text, Buster Keaton and Allison's music."

It brings together Allison's instrumental recording of “Midnight”, an audio clip of the author reading the section “Unexpected Diversion Ahead” from his book, and a silent film excerpt from Buster Keaton's 1926 classic "The General" (from the Public Domain Harvard University Film Foundation print).

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Midnight

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

At midnight I open up my door
and I say,
"hey, well why don't you just go and see what happens then?"

and I don't know exactly what it is I'm trying to prove
all I know
is this is just what works for me right now

But then I come back down... maybe in a minute, or two...
and you're already gone.

And I know that I can be cruel
and I don't always have a reason for it
you could ask me over and over again... and all I'd say is
"NOTHING"

but I guess you saw me sitting on the road
in the middle of a rain-storm crying
and I still don't know why
it seemed like a good idea at the time...

In my soul
is water earth and air and fire
all the things that make us whole
and fuel all of your desire

but water can drown
and earth can quake
and fire can burn you out...
and I guess you know that, well...

I know you know that
wind
can blow you away

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from secrets, released May 5, 2004

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