Oliver the Crow

by Oliver the Crow

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Tim Waddington This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. The songs have a depth seldom met with these days, the harmonies remind me of Gillian Welsh's best work, and the arrangements - from lush to ultra-percussive, show just what is possible with just a fiddle and a cello. Fantastic! Favorite track: As the Crow Flies.
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released June 22, 2018

Produced by Speaker Face

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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Track Name: Sailing With the Tide
I've been sailing with the tide
Winds of change why do you blow so slow
The water is deep as it is wide
What I left behind I can't afford to know
What I left behind I can't afford to know

I've been sailing by the stars
By my troubled heart and the pale moonlight
The next harbour seems so far
I only hope that I survive the night
I only hope that I survive the night

Got a heavy heart and my pocket’s light
Can't wake up in the morning or sleep at night
Winds of change why do you blow so slow
Can't you see I got a heavy load

Been half a year of rolling waves
Long been out of anyone to blame
Will the land make it all ok
Or will it all feel about the same
Or will it all feel about the same

I've been sailing with the tide
Winds of change why do you torture me
The water is deep as it is wide
What I left behind is pulling me beneath
What I left behind is pulling me beneath

Can't you see I’ve got miles to go
Track Name: Bury Me Beneath the Willow
My heart is sad and I am lonesome
For the only one I love
When shall I see her, oh no never
’Til we meet in heaven above

So bury me beneath the willow
Underneath the willow tree
So she will know where I am sleeping
And perhaps she’ll weep for me

She told me that she truly loved me
How could I believe it untrue
Until the angels softly whispered
She will prove untrue to you

Tomorrow was to be our wedding
God, oh God, where can she be?
She’s gone a-courting with another
And no longer cares for me
Track Name: Ashes of a Day Gone By
I still see the May snow in the sky
Like it was yesterday
From early dawn to peaceful night
I tunneled in the snow and ice
Hold on though I’d often try
The ashes of a day gone by
Would always slip away

I was sure I’d met my bride
And that she’d always stay
Temptation’s never been so sly
I left that angel there to cry
No matter how I changed my mind
The ashes of a day gone by
Would always slip away

So when your sense of foolish pride
Clings to yesterday
While you’re stumbling through the night
It’s crystal clear in morning light
The day you want is out of sight
Though you search with all your might
The day you want is out of sight
The ashes of a day gone by
Would always slip away
Track Name: Grace
Heaven knows I don’t believe in heaven
But you make me wish that I believed
Cause if your time so soon is over
Who knows how much is left for me

The science of fate, my momma taught me
What’s meant to be will be
But there’s no sense and there’s no reason
In your end that I can see

Grant me grace to learn how to pray
Not to god, but to the rest of my days
Grant me grace

Where did your dreams go when you left them
On your nightstand to sleep
Are they gone or do they live on
With the ones you love, your soul they keep

You know I can’t believe in heaven
But I wish to god I could believe
Cause if someone so good could die so young
What chance in hell is left for me
Track Name: As the Crow Flies
I like to think I’m moving slowly
But maybe I’m not moving at all
Is there somewhere I can get a bird’s eye view?
All these twists and turns
Have I gotten any further, it seems
Like I’m always on the road to somewhere new

As the crow flies
It doesn’t seem so far from A to B
As the crow flies
The finish line’s a place that I can see
And as the crow flies
You wouldn’t see me trapped in this old maze
But I am no crow
And my worries are as long as my days

Should I stop driving for a while
These roads all feel like circles to me
Please believe me, I’m doing my best
Think I’ll pull off on the shoulder
Close my eyes for just a moment or so
Don’t get me wrong, I just need some rest

As the crow flies
It doesn’t seem so far from a to b
As the crow flies
The finish line’s a place that I can see
And as the crow flies
You wouldn’t see me trapped in this old maze
But I am no crow
And my worries are as long as my days
Track Name: Glass
There was a time when my chest would cave in
At the sight of your smile or the touch of your skin
We were brand new, crystalline
Nothing I wouldn't do to see it shine

When I think of you now, my heart doesn’t turn
My stomach doesn't pound, my lips don’t burn
Time is a window, clarity
It pulls back the curtains, now I see

Glass will shatter when it hits the ground
It don’t matter, it’ll shatter, oh the sound
It’s the sound of over, over and out

No matter how much I filled up your cup
A glass half empty was never enough
I think we always knew we were walking a line
Between a match and kerosene, it was a matter of time

A bird in a cage I sat on on your throne
I thought you were a king but I was wrong
Track Name: Samson
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the Bible didn't mention us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
But they're just old light, they're just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed
Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I'd done alright
And kissed me till the mornin' light, the mornin' light
And he kissed me till the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread, and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
Yeah, we couldn't destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first
Track Name: 45
You saddled up your horses
And loaded up your guns
You promised all those wayward souls
First place in a race they'd never run

You stormed into the city
With an army at your back
Chanting your last name
You gave the signal for attack

You can run your mouth but you can't outrun it
You can steal a crown, don't mean you've won it
You can lie in circles like a snake eating its tail
The truth may bend but it won't break and it'll never be for sale

You tore down all the buildings
The ones built just before
You came into town
And began this unholy war

You commandeered their voices
Said it was for their sake
"I'm the one who's sent to you
to make this country great”
Track Name: Bear in a Den
I’ll be a bear in a den
I’ll be a bear in a den
I ain’t waking up until god knows when
I’ll be a bear in a den

I’ll be an ant in a hill
I’ll be an ant in a hill
If I don’t take what’s mine, somebody else will

There’s a world out there that I don’t need to know
There are far off lands but I don’t need to go
I can hide in plain sight if my eyes are closed
I’ll be a bear in a den

I’ll be a bee in a hive
I’ll be a bee in a hive
If I’m mad I’ll sting, don’t care if I’m alive

I’ll be a bird in a tree
I’ll be a bird in a tree
Nobody I can see can sing as loud as me

I’ll be a hamster in a wheel
I’ll be a hamster in a wheel
Just a few more strides and I’ll take my next meal

I’ll be a lemming in a line
I’ll be a lemming in a line
If I’m doing what I’m told it’ll turn out fine

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