Crow

by Martin Lennon

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"Crow is an album of songs drenched in emotion – lots of pain and misery, sure, but also joy, passion and love. These songs are among the first I've written in over thirty years, and they have the added weight of a couple of decades of living and performance behind them. As a former member of a travelling party/covers band, this is my first album – perhaps not such a big deal, but as a 50 year old man I'm proud to be stepping off 'on the road' alone for the first time, as well as being somewhat surprised that it's taken me this long to decide to do it."

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released July 3, 2010

Martin Lennon: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Percussion & Programming
Andy Gilmour: Basses
Charles Dearness: Trumpet
Sarah Anderson: Backing Vocals

Engineered & Produced by Martin Lennon
Co-Produced by Susie Christie & Andy Gilmour
Recorded in the BigShed and the Stable January - May 2010
Mastered by David Shearer at Birnam CD, Scotland

All main Artwork by & copyright © 2010 Martin Lennon
Cover Painting, Inside Cover and online excerpts: Detail from Crow by Martin Lennon
Logo Artwork by & copyright © 2010 Susie Christie

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Track Name: Magpie
I’m just a big fat bird, with a long black tail
I want to steal your love away
I’m going to grab that diamond from your delicate hands
I’m going to steal your love away

I’m going to fly in your face, I’m going to sit on your head
I’m going to steal your love away
I’m going to scratch like a cat with a rattlesnake tail
I’m going to steal your love away

And when you’re sleeping at night, I’m going to hide in your dreams
I’m going to steal your love away
And when you die, I’ll be waiting at the gates of hell
I’m going to steal your love away

Your bright shiny heart
Will be mine all mine
I want every shred of your love

Until you let down your guard, until you give up the fight
I’m going to steal your love away
I’ll never turn you loose, I’ll never set you free
I’m going to steal your love away

Your bright shiny heart
Will be mine all mine
I want every shred of your love

mine in the end
You’re going to be mine in the end
mine in the end, all mine
Track Name: Feels So Good
These blues don’t take this pain away
These blues don’t pay my bills
These blues don’t help me overcome
And they don’t give me thrills

But they feel so good, they feel so good
They feel so good, it feels so good to me

These blues don’t give me chances
These blues don’t give me hope
These blues don’t make me happy
And they don’t help me cope

But they feel so good, they feel so good
They feel so good, it feels so good to me

These blues, these blues, these blues they feel so good to me
These blues, these blues, these blues they feel so good to me

These blues don’t kill my demons
These blues don’t get me through
These blues don’t keep me smiling
And they don’t bring back you

But they feel so good, they feel so good
They feel so good, it feels so good to me
Track Name: Crow
Sometimes I feel just like a crow
I want to pick at someone’s bones
And pull apart their tangled threads
And peck my way into their mind

Sometimes I feel just like a crow
I want to dig at someone’s words
And feel them roll around my beak
Until I know exactly how they think

Sometimes I feel just like a crow
I want to forage for the truth
And claw through all your crap and lies
Until I’m face to face with you

Your eyes, your face
Your eyes, your face

Sometimes I feel just like a crow
I want to perch above your house
And stare you down until you crack
Or till the wind takes me away

Away, fly away
Away, fly away

Sometimes I feel just like a crow
I want to pick at someone’s bones
And pull apart their tangled threads
And peck my way into their mind

Sometimes I feel just like a crow
Track Name: Big Black Cloud
You broke my heart, you broke my will
And you left me there for dead
You lied to me, you lied barefaced
With every little thing you said

Big black cloud over me
You’re a big black cloud over me
You rain and rain just like a thunderstorm
You’re a big black cloud over me

I never met anyone before
With a heart as black as you
I should run and hide but I stand and get soaked
And I don’t know what else to do

I let you in, yes I let you stay
But you filled my world with rain
And you make me cry when you rain on me
Oh I need the sun again
Track Name: Blue Eyes
Your blue eyes, as they look at me
Blue eyes make a child of me
Blue eyes look and see my soul
Pretty blue, blue eyes

Your blue eyes, oh they love me so
Blue eyes, oh but they don’t show
Why it is they dance so wild
Pretty blue, blue eyes

Blue eyes shine and sparkle too
Make me want to always be with you
Waltzing by some riverside
Blue eyes never hide

Your blue eyes, oh they never fade
Blue eyes, no-one ever made
Jewels as perfect or as pure
As your pretty blue, blue eyes
Track Name: Easy Way To Fall
You know I want to live
I never want to die at all
But if I must, I want to find
An easy way to fall
I try to never tell a lie
The few I tell are small
So that if I ever slip, I’ll have
An easy way to fall

Falling to the ground
Falling to the ground

Some animal that’s cornered
With their back against a wall
Is only trying to find themselves
An easy way to fall
There’s someone with their private cross;
Along the ground they crawl
They’re searching in their garden for
An easy way to fall

Falling to the ground
Falling to the ground

Wise men with their eyes shut tight
In answer to the call,
Will quietly say there never was
An easy way to fall
But fools with eyes wide open
And not much else at all
Will effortlessly demonstrate
An easy way to fall

Falling to the ground
Falling to the ground
Track Name: Butterfly Girl
Little green shoes on your tiny feet
And your curls and ribbons and that fairytale dress
You’re a butterfly girl in a hard cruel world
And you can fly

Over those hills with mud on your face
A grin like the ocean and a fistful of dreams
You’re a butterfly girl in a hard cruel world
And you can fly

Flying so free
With the whole world below
Flying as high
As your dreams will let you go

Lost in a jungle or sailing the seas
Your dreams are as real as you make them
You’re a butterfly girl in a hard cruel world
And you can fly

Dancing around on the clouds up above
It’s easy when you are made of stardust
You’re a butterfly girl in a hard cruel world
And you can fly

Little green shoes on your tiny feet
And your curls and ribbons and that fairytale dress
You’re a butterfly girl in a hard cruel world
And you can fly
Track Name: Fingers In Your Hair
I close my eyes as I touch your face
I close my eyes as I touch your face
I close my eyes as I touch your crying face
And the tears, the tears melt with love

I hold your hand against my heart
I hold your hand against my heart
I hold your hand against my beating heart
And your love, your love makes me strong

I’ve waited for so long,
For a mirror for this love
I lost my faith and I lost all hope
You gave it back to me
I hold you close and I feel your skin
I hold you close and I feel your skin
I hold you close and I feel your precious skin
As you give, you give it all to me
I lose my fingers in your hair
I lose my fingers in your hair
I lose my fingers in your silken hair
And my heart to you forever more
Track Name: I Always Knew
I knew what I should do
What I should do with you
You wound me up and ground me down
You don’t know how to love
I always knew what I should do with you

I really should have known
Known what’s good for me
you ran around and you broke the truth
and then you broke my heart
I really should have known what’s good for me

And like I knew you would
You changed the rules and then you stood
Aside to watch me fall

I knew that you were bad
That you were bad for me
you lied and then you ran away
and left me wondering why
I always knew that you were bad for me

I knew what I should do
What I should do with you
You wound me up and ground me down
You don’t know how to love
I always knew what I should do with you
Track Name: Kiss You
Don’t want to make you walk away
Under the moon, beneath the stars
Don’t want to sit down with the crows
Never knowing where you are
All I want to do
Every night and every day is kiss you

Don’t want to make you hide your face
Or dance the rain out of the skies
Don’t want to watch you as you fall
Into somebody else’s lies
All I want to do
Until the day I die is kiss you

Don’t want to walk away believing that I’m right
I don’t want to be alone

Don’t want to spend another night
Drinking myself into the day
Don’t want to watch those wheels go round
But I won’t leave until you say
All I want to do
Every minute of the day is kiss you

I don’t want to walk away pretending I’m alright
I don’t want to be alone

Not going to stare up at the moon
Not going to set the world on fire
I’d say another little prayer
But I won’t be that kind of liar
All I want to do
All I want to do is kiss you
All I want to do
All I ever want to do is kiss you
Track Name: Map Of The World
You gave to me, once,
A map of the world
I travelled its lines
and its contours and folds
and the faded-ink place names
and symbols and signs
and all from the depths of my mind

You gave to me, once,
A map of the world
With billions of old
Untold stories and lives
In the lands that its drawings
Described in great depth
That I sat and enjoyed my mind

You gave to me, once,
A map of the world
A world of great dangers
And passions and joy
It only takes courage
To step out the door
From the safe little world of my mind
Track Name: Old Heart
I’ve got a hard old heart, I’ve got a hard old heart
It’s been broken and beaten up too many times
Filled up with anger and darkness and grime
I don’t want this hard old heart
I don’t want this hard old heart

I’ve got a cold, dead heart, I’ve got a cold, dead heart
It’s colder than stone, somehow it keeps me alive
It’s crusty and dry but it wants to survive
I don’t want this cold, dead heart
I don’t want this cold, dead heart

I’ve got a hole in my heart where I once had love
And a gap in my life where you left
Now there’s dust and dank old gravel and mud
And nothing left in me at all

I’ve got a tired old heart, I’ve got a tired old heart
All the damage and lies knifed into its side
and it wants to give up and go somewhere and hide
I don’t want this tired old heart
I don’t want this tired old heart

You used to love me with all of your heart
I used to walk on air
It all felt solid and real at the start
But it’s funny how love slips away

I’ve got a hard old heart, I’ve got a cold, dead heart
I’ve got a tired old heart, I’ve got a hard old heart
It’s been broken and beaten up too many times
Filled up with anger and darkness and grime
I don’t want this hard old heart
I don’t want this cold, dead heart
I don’t want this tired old heart
I don’t want this hard old heart
Track Name: Ribbons And Bows
All of that misery and all of that pain
What does it matter and what does it mean
We either die young or we live till we’re old
Looking for ribbons and bows made of gold

Ribbons and bows made of gold
Ribbons and bows made of gold
We’re all orphans of wars of greed and panic and lust
Wearing ribbons and bows made of gold

What do we want, and what do we need
And what do we get, even when we succeed
Fooled by the stories that our grandparents told
All about ribbons and bows made of gold

Nobody’s preaching, who’d care if they did
It’s not like it’s a secret that somebody hid
Because the truth that you live by is yours to unfold
Even if it’s ribbons and bows made of gold
Track Name: Days To Come
I will walk through this garden
I will follow you anywhere
I will walk through this garden
All these days to come

I will walk beside you always
And hold my head up high
I will walk beside you always
All these days to come

All these days
These days gone by
They all brought me to here

I will walk this holy path
Beside you hand in hand
I will walk this sacred path
All these days to come

All these days
These days gone by
They all brought me to you

I will walk through this garden
I will follow you anywhere
I will walk through this garden
All these days to come
All these days to come
All these days to come