Murder of Crows

by Tent Show Troubadours

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Almost Gone 05:00
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
I Like Girls 03:44
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...
9.
Heartstrings 04:29
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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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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 John Hamilton (guitar/vocals), Tom Ellis (drums), and Geri Hamilton (violin/vocals). ... more

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