A Few Small Things

by Jennifer Crook

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Jennifer's debut solo album 'A Few Small Things' features 10 original songs beautifully arranged with cello, concertina, hammered dulcimer, double bass, guitar and gentle percussion. With Bethany Porter, Robert Harbron, Maclaine Colston, Miranda Sykes and special guest Clive Gregson.

“Spellbinding” Acoustic

“****Exquisite… a remarkable CD with a great collection of self-penned songs” Maverick

“An enchanting album… one of those records that repeatedly delights and captivates” fRoots

“A Few Small Things is unique, a breath of fresh air, and hopefully the way forward” Charley Dunlap. Listomania

“Tender acoustic finesse…will touch a nerve with many a soul and certifies Jennifer's status as a talent with a white light future” Musician

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released April 28, 2008

Musicians:
• Jennifer Crook - vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, small harp
• Bethany Porter - cello, vocals
• Robert Harbron - english concertina
• Maclaine Colston - hammered dulcimer
• Robin Davies - double bass, acoustic fretless bass
• Josh Clark - drums, cajon, hand percussion

Guests:
• Clive Gregson - acoustic guitar, hammond organ
• Andy West - vocals
• Miranda Sykes - double bass, vocals

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Jennifer Crook Bath, UK

"I urge you to give this a listen. This is contemporary songwriting and performing at it's best"****Maverick

"Heart-wrenchingly gorgeous music" Roots & Fusion

Telegraph***Best Folk Albums of 2014 (Carnforth Station)

“I’m really, really loving the new album ‘Merry-Go-Round’ - it’s beautiful” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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Track Name: A Stranger In Love
I travelled to a country I’d never been before
The sweet intoxication led me to an open door

It weakened my defences: the sights, the smell, the taste
Like a rocket to my senses leaving me feeling out of place

I wish I knew where home was
I wish I knew the way
I wish I knew where home was

He was like no other lover and courted easily
There were worlds to be discovered as long as he was free

And so we made our Eden as if it was for real
But the apple stayed uneaten – that was the deal

I wish I knew where home was
I wish I knew the way
I wish I knew where home was

Still I long for all the comforts that I have known
The ones that fit me like a glove
But I cannot find my way back home
I’m a stranger, a stranger in love

The drummers keep on drumming (I wish I knew where home was)
And the tunes weave on through the night (I wish I knew the way)
The garden looks most lovely by the fairy lantern light

The wind blows around my shoulders, I go searching for a chair
I can’t remember leaving but I am no longer there

© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Time Will Tell
I can almost feel your arms around me

I have to admit you’ve found me lonely without love

There are people who still think I’m crazy

Falling for you, well maybe, but I can’t get enough


Your jacket hanging on my bedroom door

Has the smell of you that I’m longing for

A photograph and a few short lines

But nothing compares to the way your eyes burn through mine, through mine



And if dreams are woven in the fabric of our lives

And if wishes still get granted and honesty survives

Like the pennies we toss in the wishing well

If this love is meant to last then only time

Time will tell



Words of jealousy can be so cruel

Didn’t they know, I’m nobody’s fool

And as for promises when we’re apart

All I ask of you is take good care of my heart, my heart
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: A Bicycle in Need of Repair
There’s a bike in the backyard
nobody’s ridden for years
all it needed was a pair of new tyres
some oil would free up the gears
look at the state of the garden
brambles and weeds everywhere
my heart is like that untended garden
and a bicycle in need of repair

as for the poem I started
somehow I ran out of words
like the music I left on the piano
or a song that’s never been heard
like the shelves in the kitchen
still waiting to be put upon the wall
my heart is like a telephone ringing
but nobody’s taking the call

and on a bright summer’s morning
before I wonder outside
the clouds have darkened and gathered
and the sun’s just a crack in the sky

and then I look at the garden
brambles and weeds everywhere
my heart is like that untended garden
and a bicycle in need of repair

© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Jane
My friend Jane, she doesn’t worry she says it’ll all work out just fine some day
my friend Jane, she doesn’t hurry there’s plenty of time if we use it right she’d say

she sings in the bath and when she runs out of money she’ll be dancing all night long to a rock’n’roll band
he laughs like a child, and isn’t it funny how life just seems to hold her in it’s hand?

what if we all looked for the rainbow instead of the coming rain?
what if we all could catch the starlight instead of the morning train?
what if are hearts could be as open as a ship out on the sea?
and if we lived the way that Jane does
what kind of world would this be?

my friend Jane is usually smiling but when she cries the whole world falls apart
it’s a magical thing, no use defiling ‘cos nothing will ever drain it from her heart

and there was a time I seem remember when we’d ride on through the night with our hearts so free
we were living on hope and the will to surrender and we thought it was the way we’d always be

what if we all looked for the rainbow...

I was thinking about planting some flowers
I was thinking how I really want to travel the world
I was thinking I could love you for hours and hours
and run out and play just like a little girl

what if we all looked for the rainbow...
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Soon Enough
Take a ride with me on the big wheel

And when we’re falling through the sky, tell me, how does it feel?

Catch the wind with me as we go round

'Cos soon enough we’ll be back with both feet on the ground

Fly a kite with me up in the air

And when it pulls us away from earth don’t be scared

It might take us somewhere heaven bound

'Cos soon enough we’ll be back with both feet on the ground


Travelling lightly we rise like a balloon

And if it takes us too high don’t let me down too soon


Sail a boat with me way downstream

And when the mist turns to gold, tell me, is it a dream

Let it float somewhere we’ll never be found

'Cos soon enough we’ll be back with both feet on the ground

And if we fall you can be sure you won’t hear a sound

'Cos soon enough we’ll be back with both feet on the ground

© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: A Rose in Morning
I don’t mind the rain when it falls upon me
I don’t mind the icy sun in a winter sky
I don’t mind the waves crashing on me
I don’t mind the salty taste of the tears you cry

I don’t mind this cold wind if it keeps me singing
Every road has its twists and its turns
Every goodbye spoken is a new beginning
Where love songs comfort and a slow flame burns

And a little sip is as much as most get
from any goblet of delight
Well I have tasted nowhere near enough yet
But days like these whisper that I might

For I’ve had my fill of this cup of sorrow
And the nights when the dark shadows fall
And it’s slowly dawning that come tomorrow
We will see some kind of beauty in it all

A bitter wind still carries laughter
And shivers slowly melt into a smile
And if it sounds too much like happy ever after
Maybe it will be for a little while

I don’t mind the darkness if it draws you to me
The moon always lights up the way
And the sun it rises without warning
Like a rose in morning on a heartbreak day
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Everything Changes
Here in the old street the café is closed
where we used to meet not so long ago
The record shop’s empty, no one wants to buy vintage vinyl these days
I heard he sold up and flew out to Cuba and that’s where he stayed

Is it because it’s so bitter this winter everyone’s off to the sun?
Is it because we’re growing older and there’s things that we’ve never done?
I’m no longer surprised when friends become strangers and I’m getting used to the cold
And how everything changes

My parents have lived here since I was a girl
They’re selling the house to go round the world
And Grandmother sits in a room in a chair. She just sits and stares.
I hope the one thing that she still remembers is somebody cares

She says if you ask me it’s bitter this winter and life’s not what it used to be
I think that she knows that the curtains are closed now and all that still glows is her colour TV
I’m no longer surprised when friends become strangers and I’m getting used to the cold
And how everything changes

When my world was turning itself upside down I would cling to a few small things
Those days are over and life’s pretty good now - I’ve got no cause to complain
Except that I thought one or two things might stay the same

Here in the old street the café is closed
where we used to meet not so long ago
And the place where we spent all those special occasions is run by somebody new
I don’t think they’d know us if we were to go back, and anyway what good would it do?

Is it because it’s so bitter this winter everyone’s off to the sun?
Is it because we’re growing older and time keeps ticking on?
I’m no longer surprised when friends become strangers and I’m getting used to the cold
And how everything changes
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Penny
A penny for the one I love
A penny for the friends I’ve made
A penny for the town where I was born
A penny for the songs we’ve played
The power of a stormy sea
The promise of the morning sky
All adds up to the kind of stuff
Money can never buy

A penny for a walk alone
A penny for a tender touch
A penny for a place to call my own
When the world gets too much
Another day to start again
Another chance to roll the dice
All adds up to the kind of stuff
I wouldn’t sell at any price

See a penny pick it up
One for courage, two for luck
A few to save for rainy days
and keep the lonliness at bay

A penny for your thoughts
A penny for your dreams
Put them in your pocket til you know what each one means
Counting all the love I’ve lost
And every little bit I’ve found
All adds up to the kind of stuff
You know it makes the world go round

A penny for the one I love…
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Broken Dreams For Sale
Broken dreams for sale, I don’t need them anymore
Guaranteed to fail and leave you worse off than before
Broken dreams for free, they’re no good to me
They take up all the empty space where something new could be

How long must I go on paying the price for failing to learn
Not to give my heart away without the promise of return

Broken heart for rent, someone heaven -sent
To occupy the vacancy and take the place where love should be ‘cos
“Broken hearts’r’us”, a name that you can trust
Sure to turn your precious love to hopelessness and dust

It seemed as good a time as any to do a spot of spring-cleaning
Choices are so hard, so many, I want the one that has some meaning
For someone who
Is sorting through

Broken dreams for sale, at a price that’s far too high
Guaranteed to fail no matter how you try
Broken dreams for free, though they dearly cost me
Take the lot and I’ll see what tomorrows’ dreams will be
© Jennifer Crook 2008
Track Name: Too Much Rain
A suitcase bound for anywhere, a broken rendezvous
Laden full of promises like a table set for two
We never flew to Africa or caught the boat to Spain
When I ask you why
You reply

Too much rain, there was too much rain, too much rain

A faded photograph, a rollercoaster ride
We did the best we could to swim against the tide
You kiss my forehead just before you board your train
And though the sun is in the sky
we’re still clouded by

When we started on this road you know we couldn’t see it fail
Except for an act of God upon some grand and tragic scale
But it comes down in the end to living every day
And the things that come between us are the things we do and say
© Jennifer Crook 2008