Little Bird

by Deborah Crooks

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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, 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: Like An Earthquake
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
Track Name: Looking Down the Road
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
Track Name: Everclear
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
Track Name: Bittersweet Valentine
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
Track Name: Little Bird
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