Murder of Crows

by Tent Show Troubadours

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Indie rock that combines '60s '70s rock with ska-a-billy, put-pop and a dose of fun — think Talking Heads meets Marshall Crenshaw meets Elvis Costello and you're getting close to the unique sounds of this album.

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released July 1, 2017

Bob Hoot (guitar/vocals), Doug McLeod (bass), Jenniper Hylbert (vocals), Lindsay Everly (keyboards/vocals), Tom Ellis (drums).
On selected cuts: Bruce Wasserstrom (guitar), Eli Gray (percussion).

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Tent Show Troubadours Madison, Wisconsin

Tent Show Troubadours were formed by Bob Hoot and Doug McLeod in January 2016. Bob Hoot (guitar, vocals) and Doug McLeod (bass) are the foundation. The rest of the lineup consists of Thomas Pietras (drums), Geri Hamilton (violin/vocals) and John Hamilton (guitar). Jenniper Hylbert (vocals) has performed on all of our recordings and numerous performances since TST was formed. ... more

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Track Name: Murder of Crows
MURDER OF CROWS

VERSE 1
Some people wish for things. They wish for long black wings
They would soar high as they could fly
No matter what goes round, they’ll put you in the ground
While they float in the air and fly

CHORUS
It’s time to go. Watch the sky and don’t walk slow
Don’t need more foes. Watch out for a murder of crows

VERSE 2
When it’s cold, see one’s breath — it’s like a touch of death
Warm air will rise, up in the sky
The warmth feels like fire, pulsing through the wire
The choice is fly, so you must try

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Some people wish bad things on a pair of black wings
A black eye spies from the sky
Whatever it is worth, they can see down to earth
They said that man would never fly

CHORUS

VERSE 4
Black feather floats on air — it could land anywhere
May be a sign, something will die
I’ll have to wait and see, I hope it isn’t me
I’ll try to float on air and fly

CHORUS
Track Name: Loves I've Lost
LOVES I’VE LOST

CHORUS
Everytime I said goodbye, I know there was a cost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the lovers I have crossed
Floats away on the wind, rose petals that were tossed
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost. Loves I’ve lost.

VERSE 1
Looking back I was a young fool
Way we parted might have been cruel
Didn’t know how to part as friends
Is it past time to make amends?

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Don’t think about all we missed
Don’t think about times we kissed
I was afraid so I said goodbye
Love never lasts if you never try

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Past lovers, I might find
Past lovers left behind
Got a lover I’ve had for years
Been together through laughs and tears

CHORUS

VERSE 4
Memories are roses in the rain
Forgotten thorns, and forgotten pain
Kind of like a rose tattoo
After time, beauty shows through

CHORUS + OUTRO
Everytime I said goodbye, I know there was a cost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the lovers I have crossed
Floats away on the wind, rose petals that were tossed
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost
Like to say I’m sorry, for the loves I have lost. Loves I’ve lost.
the loves I’ve lost
the loves I’ve lost
the loves... the loves I’ve lost
Track Name: Perfect Stranger
PERFECT STRANGER

VERSE 1
Do you believe in magic?
Tales like these can soon turn tragic
Are you looking for the perfect stranger?
Do you dare to dance with danger?...to dance with danger

CHORUS
There is no perfect stranger, no one at all
Everyone has problems, everyone has flaws
There is no perfect stranger, no one at all... no one at all

VERSE 2
Say hello when you’re passing by
Turn around and just say, “Hi”
Kept going, but you turned instead
Eyes met, they’re in your head...in your head

CHORUS

VERSE 3
This the one you hoped to find?
Chance encounter in your mind
Seems so perfect, thoughts so sweet
Better if you never meet... you never meet

CHORUS

VERSE 1
Are you one to believe in magic?
Tales like these can soon turn tragic
Are you looking for the perfect stranger?
Do you dare to dance with danger?...to dance with danger

CHORUS
There is no perfect stranger, no one at all
Everyone has problems, everyone has flaws
There is no perfect stranger, no one at all... no one at all
no one at all, no one at all
Track Name: I Love My Television
I LOVE MY TELEVISION

VERSE 1
I love my television, not what I see on TV
It’s not my decision, what’s on channel 23
Speaking with derision about someone like me
TV tries to change your vision, what you hear and what you see

CHORUS
I remember black and white turning into Technicolor
The future looked so bright, we’d all be sisters and brothers
Turn off the television said our fathers and mothers
Back then we all hoped, we’d all be sisters and brothers
we’d all be sisters and brothers, we’d all be sisters and brothers

VERSE 2
I love my television, not what I see on TV
Feels like a brain incision, what’s it does to me
Facing a verbal collision. Lies and hypocrisy
Stereotypes, superstition, lost responsibility

CHORUS

VERSE 3
I love my television, not what I see on TV
This flat panel revision – better than old CRTs
Whatever is the mission, it’s still not clear to me
Still is can be your decision, what to hear and what to see

CHORUS
Track Name: Almost Gone
ALMOST GONE

VERSE 1
Once the circus came to town. Fire eaters and the clowns
Pulled the stakes and fold the tent. Don’t know where the circus went
No place left to spend the day. No place left to run away
Pull the stakes and fold the tent. Don’t know where the circus went

CHORUS
Going, Going, Almost Gone
The circus train just rolled on
Going, Going, Almost Gone
Rolled into night, gone by dawn
Going, Going, Almost Gone
Going, Going, Going Gone

VERSE 2
Once a train from town to town, moving the show around
Held our breath without a sound, wire walkers above the ground
Acrobats on trapeze, flying through the air with ease
Then a clown pretends to sneeze, flips and falls just to please

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Guess it was considered cruel, elephants didn’t make the rules
Horses ridden by a sequined lady, barker seems a little shady
Greatest show is best at night — loses glamour by daylight
Could be why the circus went. Pulled the stakes, folded the tent

CHORUS

VERSE 4
Once the circus came to town. Fire eaters and the clowns
Pulled the stakes and fold the tent. Don’t know where the circus went
No place left to spend the day. No place left to run away
Pull the stakes and fold the tent. Don’t know where the circus went

CHORUS
Track Name: Change Your Luck
CHANGE YOUR LUCK

VERSE 1
There are times when you get down, you’re forced to look around
You crash without a sound — at all
Sometimes when it gets bad, losing everything you had
should you be mad — at all
How hard did you hit the wall? How far did you fall?

CHORUS
When you see it coming. And it’s starting to gain
Will you hide from the storm? Or will you dance in the rain?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
Oh yeah Oh yeah

VERSE 2
Sometimes you beat the drum, sometimes you’d rather hum
There is no rule of thumb — at all
It goes from a little ache, to a full-blown heartbreak
Something you can’t shake — at all
How hard did you hit the wall? How far did you fall?

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Oh damn, it just got real, take stock of how you feel
Not on an even keel — at all
Another turn of the wheel, another’s fate is sealed
Another wound won’t heal — at all
How hard did you hit the wall? How far did you fall?

CHORUS
When you see it coming. And it’s starting to gain
Will you hide from the storm? Or will you dance in the rain?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
When it all comes down. Will you pick yourself up? Will you turn yourself around, will you try to change your luck?
Oh yeah Oh yeah
Track Name: Box of Photographs
BOX OF PHOTOGRAPHS

VERSE 1
Box of photographs, box of tears and laughs
Box of lens flairs and mistakes, box of days at the lake
Box of pets and county fairs, box of trips to here and there

CHORUS
A simple past that’s hard to find
Images left behind
Flash picture in your mind
Memories changed by time
Staring at old photographs, silver dust memories left behind
Yellowed pages curl, photo album with a broken spine

VERSE 2
Sleeves of negatives inverted, dark houses now deserted
Box of those who might be cousins, unknown faces by the dozens
Box of people now deceased, proof of their youth at least

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Box of photographs, box of those better halves
Box that holds each day one, box of things left undone
Box of things from the past, box of things we hoped would last

CHORUS

VERSE 1/4
Box of photographs, box of tears and laughs
Box of lens flairs and mistakes, box of days at the lake
Box of pets and county fairs, box of trips to here and there

CHORUS + OUTRO
A simple past that’s hard to find
Images left behind
Flash picture in your mind
Memories changed by time
Staring at old photographs, silver dust memories left behind
Yellowed pages curl, photo album with a broken spine
Staring at old photographs, silver dust memories left behind
Track Name: I Like Girls
I LIKE GIRLS

CHORUS
We like girls because they’re fun
I like girls, I’m a mother’s son
We like girls for all they’ve done
I like girls because I’m one
We like girls because they’re fun
We like girls...
We like girls...

VERSE 1
What would we do without all the girls?
To stop the boys from wrecking this world

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Is there anything a girl can’t do?
Well, I can’t grow a moustache like you (Well that’s true)

CHORUS

VERSE 3
What would we do without all the girls?
To to make this place a much better world

CHORUS
We like girls... We like girls... We like girls... We like girls...

We like girls... We like girls... We like girls... We like girls...

CHORUS
D A D A D A D A D A D A D A
We like girls... We like girls... We like girls... We like girls...
We like girls... We like girls... We like girls... We like girls...
Track Name: Heartstrings
HEARTSTRINGS

VERSE 1
Sit in the window seat, something seems incomplete
See beyond the dirty pane. At home and alone again.
Way too far gone to stay, too scared to go away.
Ends will fray, words will sting, that will run out the string.

CHORUS
You’ve got your heartstrings tied in a knot
Tied up and tangled in a strange plot
You fell in a trap, ready or not
You’ve got your heartstrings tied in a knot

VERSE 2
Roll it up in a ball, then go and undo it all.
Stretch it out as it goes, just how far — no one knows
It don’t roll in a straight line, it will be a twisted spline.
Ends will fray, words will sting, that will run out the string.

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Starts with a piece of string, sticks, bits and other things.
They get tangled in a knot, like the feelings that you’ve got.
Everybody makes a plan, every woman, every man
Ends will fray, words will sting, that will run out the string.

CHORUS

CHORUS + OUTRO
You’ve got my heartstrings tied in a knot
Tied up and tangled in a strange plot
I fell in a trap, ready or not
G A
You’ve got my heartstrings tied in a knot
G A
You’ve got my heartstrings tied in a knot
G F#m D
You’ve got my heartstrings tied in a knot
Track Name: Out of My Heart
GOT YOU OUTTA MY HEART

VERSE 1
Used to be soft hearted Sometimes I’d even flirt
My heart could always bounce back. Didn’t think that I’d get hurt
My heart’s not made of sugar It wasn’t gonna melt
I ain’t nobody’s sweetheart That’s just the way I felt

CHORUS
Got you outta my bed
Got you outta my head
Got you outta my heart

VERSE 2
You say you have a smart phone I think it’s getting dumber
Texts and calls don’t get through Because I blocked your number
You said I was magnificent But that was just a line
Now, I’m not so innocent By myself I’m doing fine

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Now, I’m feeling better I know you were wrong
Threw out that ratty sweater You stayed way too long
Hey, I’m not a quitter But now, I’m moving on
I’m not feeling bitter About what’s dead and gone

CHORUS
Track Name: If You Want It
IF YOU WANT IT

VERSE 1
Look up in the sky, want to be a star?
Search the heavens for your place, find out who you are
Follow that heavenly body, in your beat up car
When you finally stop, that’s only the start

CHORUS
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to find it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to make it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to get it
You’ve got to try
You’ve got to try

VERSE 2
You may never be as famous as Elvis on black velvet
You may never get to Hong Kong in a private jet
Always a price to pay, always an unpaid debt
Try to reach for more, more than you can get

CHORUS

VERSE 3
You may never be the one, to get on TV
Fifteen minutes on the air, ain’t reality
You can get on the Internet, for all to see
Lay bare all your eccentricity

CHORUS

VERSE 4
Look up in the sky, want to be a star?
Search the heavens for your place, find out who you are
Follow that heavenly body, in your beat up car
When you finally stop, that’s only the start

CHORUS
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to find it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to make it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to get it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to find it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to make it
If you want it. If you need it. Better go and try to get it
You’ve got to try
You’ve got to try
Track Name: No One Get Out Alive
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE

CHORUS
It’s a wonderful scary thing — this crazy thing called life
And no one gets out of it alive
Doesn’t matter what you believe — because when it comes time to leave
Nobody gets out of it alive

VERSE 1
Caught between the devil and the deep blue see
Time to decide who you want to be
Right or wrong, when you’re gone, you’ll be judged by history

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Better steer clear of a Faustian deal
No matter how good it makes you feel
Knew it would sound too good, too good to be real

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Time to have a drink with a special friend
Give your elbow another bend
When you go, all alone, that’s the way it always ends

CHORUS

VERSE 4
Caught between the devil and the deep blue see
Time to decide who you want to be
Right or wrong, when you’re gone, you’ll be judged by history

CHORUS x2

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