Little Bird

by Deborah Crooks

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1.
Like An Earthquake I gotta clean up, unpack the suitcase Maybe take my heart off its shelf Cause things that change our life come out of nowhere And lead us to the wishing well Like an earthquake Or an honest mistake Like a sky getting clear What will it take To mend this heartbreak Change what you hold so dear so do the laundry and drink the coffee I’m thinking about you all the while As oiled birds wash up, sticky with our mess Add another bandaid yeah and hope for the best Chorus There’s a lot of things we gotta come clean about There’s a lot of things we’re good at running from There’s a lot of things we really should shout There’s a lot of ways we come undone Chorus So maybe sit still And take a deep breath It might take some time To figure out
2.
Looking Down the Road No sign of trouble an easy ride A sailing boat on a rising tide All is sunny what can I say? You got me looking down the road You got me looking down the road Round the corners, the next bend You got me looking down the road again Since I’ve felt this way can’t remember when Not a sight of the might have beens Wake up purring a happy cat You got me looking down the road You got me looking down the road Round the corners the next bend You got me looking down the road again I always loved to drive Taking off is where I thrive So good to feel alive whole lotta alphabet between a and z a lot of miles till you feel free all I want to be You got me looking down the road You got me looking down the road Round the corners The next bend Not sight of the Might have beens You got me looking down the road
3.
04:13
Everclear I watched them all day Cut and chop and take a tree away Tree stump, circles and circles Every year, a minor miracle All the birds, in branches once full I count the rings, one each year I'll take a step, pull truth near What keeps me bound, from soaring? Oak and elm, dark understory Ties that bind, past and present a simple gesture you grow to resent yet birds they sing in the underbrush brown towhee, hermit thrush What will it take, I do wonder to get beyond ghost thunder is this wrong? is this right? What we knew by twilight is this wrong? is this right? all the things you can do with a night I can't complain but I do and I don't know I can live without you So I count the rings, one each year I’ll take a step, ever clear
4.
02:52
I don't another story see these books all around I do need a slow dance heart beats the only sound show me, don't tell show me I don't need another song to sing all alone I do need your warms arms this safe home show me, don't tell show me And I don't need another reason no excuse will do I need a steady connection be me be you Don't need an explanation just the facts will do I don't need another secret please don't hide a thing I do need a clear view let's see what tomorrow brings show me, don't tell show me
5.
Ice cream cone on the street I'm alone but on my feet I think of you almost every day Such a mystery how love can sway Back and forth and one way Won't the wind blow this want away? Bittersweet valentine The strongest love won't make you mine Blues they come in every color New shades you'll soon discover Red and orange, green, off white Paint the day, stain the night Bittersweet valentine The strongest love won't make you mine Ice cream it melts ever faster The whole mess, the whole disaster Single, double, triple scoop Sugar and love, send you for a loop Up and down, double cross Speed and thrills can't mask a loss Density and clarity, fantasy and memory Bittersweet valentine The strongest love won't make you mine Bittersweet valentine
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7.
Bases are loaded the star is watching She might hit it out of the park Triple is OK But don’t go all the way So she might play Chorus: 50% of free unloved conditionally 50% of free is no way to be Play catch in the driveway She’ll forget about her way Though she might tag you out at second base His disgrace A pretty face Under a cap made for a boy But she won’t say a word When her heart is pounding Batter up, umpires sounding It’d be easy to slink away Rather than play 50% Bases are loaded the star is watching She might hit it out of the park She’s gonna hit it out of the park
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03:37
9.
02:50
My heart hurts no doubt about it someone lost it after they found it Now I gotta find my way and it might take some time I gotta find what's mine no doubt about it cause what you say and what you do don't always add up to true Now I got to find my way it might take some time I gotta find what's mine no doubt about it I'm going to put on my scarf gonna wear my favorite sweater get on my bicycle ride fast over that hill till I feel better and I'm gonna coast all the way to that bright blue sea then I'm going to swim all day to Galilee Cure my blindness so I can see what to do who to believe Cause I gotta find my way it might take some time I gotta find what's mine no doubt about it
10.
03:47
Let's make it great we've got Orion at our back we can ride through any storm fend off any attack keep each other warm let's make it as grand as that big sun coming up drink each other's love from an overflowing cups mile when we wake up hmmm mm Because everything contains everything it’s so plain to see that everything contains everything so come on home and turn the key and make it as beautiful tide turning to coming in water, sky and sand erase every one of our sins stand on higher land Because everything contains everything it’s so plain to see everything contains everything everything contains everything come on home and turn the key fragile as it gets thin skins and delicate glass hearts on our sleeves you can live in or sweep up the past leaves falling from trees yea everything contains everything ….
11.
03:29
Unconsciousness is a bird in the cage In the darkest corner of the house A small-feathered thing No larger than a mouse It sometimes gets out Flits about the living room Grows bigger than the elephant, The albatross, shy loon Fly away little bird There’s no room for you here Fly away little bird It’s time to disappear At once myopic, tone-deaf and bold It calls loudly as it wings about Part parrot and part crow Every peep becomes a shout Off-color and off-key Every ism seems to apply No clue about being free Fly away little bird There’s no room for you here Fly away little bird It’s time to disappear Some listeners stop eating Feeling a little sick Some just argue Think they need bigger stick Eventually the bird grows tired After so much hitting its head against the wall Lays stunned on the carpet As everyone waits for the dove’s call Fly away little bird There’s no room for you here Fly flyaway little bird It’s time to disappear

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Arranged & produced by noted multi-instrumentalist/composer Art Khu, Little Bird traverses reggae, funk, straight-ahead rock and the singer-songwriter tradition. Recorded at Lost Monkey Studio with drummer & engineer Mike Stevens, Khu and bassist Ben Bernstein. Songs from Little Bird appeared on RoadTrip Nation, and were included on Songs from the Fog V1.

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released November 5, 2013

All songs written by Deborah Crooks
All songs arranged by Art Khu

Deborah Crooks vocals
Art Khu piano, organ, guitars, bass on 1, 4, 6 & 9.
Mike Stevens drums
Ben Bernstein bass on 2,3,5,7,8, 11

Recorded at Lost Monkey Studios, Hayward, CA and Art Cave Studios, San Francisco, CA
Mixed by Art Khu, Art Cave Studios, San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Michael Romanowski Mastering, San Francisco, 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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