Beauty Everywhere

by Deborah Crooks

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released October 18, 2016

words & music ©Deborah Crooks (ASCAP)
Deborah Crooks, vocals
Art Khu, guitars, keys
Kwame Copeland, acoustic guitar
Mike Stevens, drums
Ben Bernstein, bass

Produced and arranged by Art Khu.
Recorded, mixed and engineered by Shawn Alpay at Tiny Telephone Oakland. Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA.

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Deborah Crooks Alameda, California

"Deborah Crooks makes the case for a return to the roots of rock"- Consequence of Sound
California-based songwriter Deborah Crooks' music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the Blues. Her diverse, ever-evolving artistic path has included studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice in India, cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers and gigging throughout the Western US. ... more

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Track Name: Jumped In Anyway
In the night you roll over
we meet in the middle
talk about harmonicas
maybe a fiddle
cat purrs, smile and giggle
go back to dreaming

And I remember the coast
the clouds coming in
we went out beyond the shore
we jumped in, we jumped in
hardly knowing what to do
we jumped in anyway

sometimes it's easy to say yes
even if your're not sure of the answer
let go of the shield be a romancer
matching smile to your grin
as you led me across the dance floor

How could I ask for more?
the crowd circling in
we danced out beyond the din
we jumped in, we jumped in
hardly knowing what to do
we jumped in anyway

and you trip and you fall
hope grace might answer your call
what was the name of that tune?
something about Johnny and June
won't you sing it for me now

I know it's dark outside
moon hovering over the water
you are somebody's son
I am somebody's daughter
children playing in the sand
building our castles

Somewhere on the coast
the clouds are coming in
we'll swim out beyond the shore
we'll jump in, we'll jump in
hardly knowing what to do
we jump in anyway
we jump in anyway
Track Name: Record of a Day
Placed a 'for sale' sign on the telephone pole
furniture on the lawn all the things to let go
to lighten up and move not a lot to explain
look around you, story seems pretty plain

Heartbreak is about to take the stage
headline news wishing it was on the back page
all my wishes at the bottom of the well
a record of a day by myself

stacks of books we read in bed
framed quote of what Willie Nelson said
then there's that 12-string electric guitar
all the stuff I can't fit in the car

heartbreak is about to take the stage
my latest news on the front page
was a different story I wanted to tell
a record of a day by myself

there's a fig tree out back
maybe I'll take some shade
run my hands through the grass
chew on a blade

the mailman will be by by noon
knows I'm leaving at the first of June
for now my letter sits there on the shelf
a record of a day by myself
a record of a day
Track Name: Overseas and Faraway
we loved him so Daddy was never mean
doing his best moving us town to town
littlest one wondering why he hardly stuck around

gone off to places we couldn't see
fighting wars we didn't want to believe
all the things he couldn't say
about overseas and faraway
overseas and faraway

pat on the head sent you off to bed
mamma wondering was this the man she wed
scars on his body blood on his hands
this was how you made a man

gone off to places we couldn't see
came back we didn't know how to be
all the things he couldn't say
about overseas and faraway
overseas and faraway

you can say he was wrong
but he never meant bad
said he was sorry
can't you tell he's sad
some stories can't be unread
some pictures never gonna leave your head

gone off to places we couldn't see
fighting wars we didn't want to believe
all the things he couldn't say
about overseas and faraway
overseas and faraway
Track Name: Found
jumped out of an airplane just to find the ground
chasing my tail running around
"you'll get it out of your system" what dad said
but its hard to give your parents cred

all they wanted
was to be home
found

flying through storms eye of the hurricane
finally found his calm beyond hail and rain
she's city girl raised on B movies
didn't think all that wild was so pretty

all they wanted
was to be home
found

the wind does blow, rattle and shake
pokes holes in alibis uncovers mistakes
one person leaves the other stays
then they think of each other til the end of their days

now I tend my well, plant new corn
find the berries beyond the thorns
fossil records, scars on my shins
all the places since traveled, places I've been

if I turn just so I swear I hear her voice
using different words making a different choice
one person loves the other abides
buckle their seat belts hang on for the ride

all they wanted
was to be home
found
Track Name: Shattered
I met a man needled and inked  every other day for a year
tattooed gods from head to toe he was shattered don’t I know

when you’re shattered there isn’t one place
when you’re shattered and fallen from grace
when you’re shattered there isn’t one place   
you won’t go you won’t go

how did this happen how did he get through
all he’d seen and all that he knew
came unraveled he came unfurled
waving to all he waved off the world
he was shattered don’t I know

when you’re shattered there isn’t one place
when you’re shattered and fallen from grace
when you’re shattered there isn’t one place   
you won’t go you won’t go

the quiet rage the losing score
his buckled knees and esprit de corps
his broken self becomes decor
like mirror shards across the floor

sugar skulls more fragile than eggs
crack the shell the question begs
when you're shattered don’t I know
when you’re shattered that’s how it goes
when you’re shattered don’t I know

when you’re shattered there isn’t one place
when you’re shattered and fallen from grace
when you’re shattered there isn’t one place  
you won’t go  you won’t go
Track Name: Make this House a Home
this house needs a paint job
it’s been standing 100 years
all these lives moving through
voices filling its ears
make this house a home                         
little weary, little broken
from hearts roaming
through its rooms
make this house a home

this house needs a sweeping   
it’s filled with dust                 
like a heart that’s abandoned
will turn to rust
doors that stick                      
when they should open
they should open up again
and make this house a home
pour a strong foundation
a place to stay    
make this house a home

mend the fence
wash the floor
come right in
shoes at the door

make this house a home       
it’s been standing 100 years     
all this love dispelling old fears
make this house a home

light a candle replace the glass   
make a wish build it to last
make this house a home
it’s been standing 100 years
all this life laughter and tears
make this house a home
make this house a home
make this house a home
Track Name: Beauty Everywhere
you used to say all the world's a miracle
all the flowers coming up in bloom
all this life keeps going on
despite the strife and the gloom

beauty, beauty everywhere
I'm looking all the time
beauty beauty everywhere
won't you be mine?

remember the tuips under the old windmill
so much stilnness for the eye
so much beauty in that thrill
the center I don't won't want to bid goodbye

beauty, beauty everywhere
I'm looking all the time
beauty beauty everywhere
won't you be mine?

there's the rub, there's the rose
there's the bright sun glare
hummingbirds are flying
make their flight a prayer

beauty, beauty everywhere
I'm looking all the time
beauty beauty everywhere
won't you be mine?
beauty beauty everywhere