Beauty Everywhere

by Deborah Crooks

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
03:32
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
5.
03:48
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
6.
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
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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 tulips under the old windmill so much color for the eye so much stillness 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

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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, and the Blues. Her diverse, ever-evolving artistic path has included studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice in India, co-founding the band Bay Station, and gigging throughout the Western US. ... more

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