Thanksgiving from Europe to Canada - Allison Crowe chats with CBC's WAM

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On Thanksgiving Day, 2012, Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC, served up this interview with musician Allison Crowe.

CBC "Weekend Arts Magazine" Host/Producer Chris O'Neill-Yates catches up with Crowe - who's in Berlin, near the beginning of her latest European concert tour - featuring performances in Germany, Belgium, and Italy. At the end of the chat, O'Neill-Yates spins Crowe's song "Double-Edged Swords" - from the platter "Spiral".

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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 Allison Crowe - Artifacts, released December 31, 2014

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