Montreal

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On Allison Crowe’s first cross-Canada tour, a dozen years ago now, she and her trio (Dave Baird on bass, Kevin Clevette on drums) performed at Upstairs, a jazz club below-ground in Vieux-Montréal – Old Montréal, Quebec.

Dear friends - nos copains, Gerry, Gilles-Mathieu et autres – introduced us to the delights of this French-Canadian city – the tasty smoked-salmon spread, the maple pies in Côte des Neiges Farmers Market, the Tam-Tams of Mont Royal, and Brother Andre’s heart at home still, above it all, in St. Joseph’s Oratory.

Forest fires raging in the province’s James Bay region screened the city – not in clouds of thick smoke, but, in a sepia-tint making all appear antiqued, dream-like as if in aged photographs or cinema reels.

So, come on, follow the alley down, take the steps to be greeted with a song, “Montreal”, from Allison’s album “secrets” – music.allisoncrowe.com/track/montreal - produced by Rainer Willeke - accompanied by Hedy Lamarr and Charles Boyer in a turn from “Algiers”, a 1938 film directed by John Cromwell.

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Montreal

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Spent a little time in Montreal
With a fire in the sun
Smokescreen covering
Over the entire city
And you know
I think that I saw you
In a different light

Whether or not
It was the wine
A quiet determination
Maybe something or someone
That you didn't know existed in you
And I think that I loved you
Even more

So come on
Follow me down the alleyway
Upside down sign is hanging upright
In the door
Sitting on the steps in Montreal
I'm waiting for you
To spread your wings

Rage building
Held under by a desire
To understand
And I think I got it
The mystery that
I saw in my dreams
Became you in the flesh
Bones and all

S' come on,
Follow me down the alleyway
Upside down sign is hanging upright
In the door
Sitting on the steps in Montreal
I'm waiting for you
To spread your wings

You just sat there
In the background on the canvas
Watching me
Knowing every little fear
Phobia and twitch
Quietly laughing to yourself
Keeping me inside you
Away from the fear
Surrounding me

Come on,
Follow me down the alleyway
Upside down sign is hanging upright
In the door
Sitting on the steps in Montreal
I'm waiting for you

To spread your wings...

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from secrets, released May 5, 2004

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