Wake Up (live)

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    ♫ Spiral ♫ contains eight of Allison Crowe’s original songs, ranging from the tender and playful country/roots of “Dearly”, to the upbeat pop of “Double-Edged Swords”, ’cross the loving “Oceans”, and darker terrain of “I Don’t Know” and the hard rocking title track. Raw, natural, emotion is embraced passionately with elegiac beauty and melody in these, and such joy-filled tunes as “Going Home Tonight” and “No Matter the Battle”. With the live track, “Wake Up”, Crowe, again, renders the personal universal, and the global, human.

    Uniquely known not just as one of the most exciting songwriters of a new generation, Crowe is also one of our finest interpreters of popular song. Spiral’s mix of light and shadow includes a trio of fresh covers –
    revisiting music of Annie Lennox (“Why”), Leonard Cohen (“Chelsea Hotel No. 2”), and Hunters and Collectors’ Antipodean anthem, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.

    On this new song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by ideally-skilled and sympathetic west-coast musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar, and, also, Engineer/Producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.)

    Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album with, yes, "gorgeous" musical textures, and cinematic ideas artfully brought to life. Concert capturings by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA.

    The visual art of Spiral matches its aural beauty - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, and California's Dan Goldwasser, fontage from Brazil’s Billy Argel and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire.
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"Wake Up" is captured live-in-concert by audio engineers B.R.N. (Condor) and John MacMillan. Strings arranged by Kayla Schmah.

The video image is from photographer Billie Woods - on European tour with Allison Crowe.

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Wake Up

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I have watched you for years now
And I have seen you slowly dying
I think that you gave up everything for a while
I think that you stopped trying

Now you’re saying that I’m too good for you
When you know I’m not
But I can, I can tell you
that you’re hanging yourself here
'cause I’m all you’ve got

But, honestly
painfully
What do you want from me?

Wake up
Do I have to
Slap you in the face?
Pour cold water on you
Just to get through
Your kingdom is becoming
a disgrace

I always tried to help you
You wouldn’t let me come near
I could see that you were suffering
But you always hid your fear

And it’s cold now
As you, as you go to war
You can go to Hell
’cause I won’t, I won’t, I won't
be here anymore

Honestly
And disdainfully
What do you
Want from me?

Wake up
Do I have to
Slap you in the face?
Pour cold water on you
Just to get through
Your kingdom
is becoming a disgrace

Wake up
Do I have to
Slap you in the face?
Pour cold water on you
Just to get through
Your kingdom
is becoming a disgrace

A disgrace

credits

from Spiral, released March 17, 2010
Allison Crowe - voice, piano
B.R.N. (Condor) - engineer
John MacMillan - engineer
Kayla Schmah - string arranger, producer

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