A Song a Month 2016

by Jennifer Crook

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The 12 original recordings released each month throughout 2016 during the making of 'The Year, She Turns'.

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released January 1, 2016

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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

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Track Name: January's Here
January’s Here

She fills a coffee cup and puts away the cards
Happy new year, January’s hard
The wind is blowing bows and baubles down the street
He files a tax return, tries to get some sleep
He says it’s more than I can do to make ends meet

Last night together full of whisky, full of song
To chase away the past before the morning comes along
Half-empty glasses raise a mighty cheer
This could be the year…
January’s here

Dark and dreary dull down all her shiny dreams
Good intentions tearing at the seams
He had a plan but now the night’s already come
Breathe in, breathe out
One day we’ll see the sun
It fades so fast when good intentions come undone

Last night together full of whisky, full of song
To chase away the past before the morning comes along
Half empty glasses raise a mighty cheer
This could be the year…
This could be the year…
January’s here

© Crook/Farmer 2016
Track Name: February
February

Daffodils in February, beautiful as sunlight on a cloudy day
Spring is round the corner but it’s been so long it feels a million miles away
I tried so hard to hold on to those summer days of endless blue but now I only feel the cold and grey
Daffodils in February, spring is round the corner so they say

Roses come in February, lucky you if you get any, and you should
But love is more than cards and words and I would bathe the whole world in it if I could
It floats like driftwood in my mind, I know you’re not the hurting kind and nothing turned out like we thought it would
Roses come in February, I gave you all there love I could

The rain that falls in February, falls so hard on everybody here below
Like the tears we’re holding back from all the dreams we gather just to let them go
I caught a glimpse of morning sun but I could sleep ’til April comes and rubs the weight of winter from my eyes
The rain that falls in February falls like it’s the last rain in the sky
In the sky

the moon in full tonight
the moon it shines so bright
the moon in full tonight across the sea
the moon in full tonight
the moon it shines so bright
Will it ever shine like that on me?
Oh February

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: The March Hare
The March Hare

Clock ticks in the hallway, it’s a new day, it’s a new day
Sun shines on the wind chimes in the alleyway
Got a big yellow teacup, better fill it up, better fill it up
You never know when you might a little luck

What’s the hour? What’s the season?
Just give me something to believe in

So I say to the March Hare,
“can you play fair? can you play fair?
It’s a long way from nowhere to nowhere”
Then he sang as he ran on,
“even nowhere, to someone, is somewhere
Let me know when you get there”

Nice day for a small stroll, took a big trip down a rabbit hole
The last laugh's in the looking glass of your own soul
Too bad for my best dress, it’s a fine mess, it’s a fine mess
No sign back to some kind of happiness

What’s the rhyme whats the reason?
Just give me something to believe in

So I say to the March Hare,
“can you play fair? can you play fair?
It’s a long way from nowhere to nowhere”
Then he sang as he ran on,
“even nowhere, to someone, is somewhere
Let me know when you get there”

Pack of cards on the table, pick a good hand if you’re able
It’s the way that you play, it’s a farce or a fable
Go back for a fools game, never knowing that the rules change
Think twice when you roll the dice in her heart's name

In the midnight poker are you the King or the Joker?

So I say to the March Hare,
“can you play fair? can you play fair?
It’s a long way from nowhere to nowhere”
Then he sang as he ran on,
“even nowhere, to someone, is somewhere
Let me know when you get there”

you can stay, you can leave, take a bow,
keep a few tricks up your sleeve, anyhow
it’s the right time, or the wrong time
but it’s time now

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: April Is My Friend
April Is My Friend

April is my friend, she says it’s time to clean the windows
And if I go outside then I will know which way the wind blows
And I will see more clearly all the beauty that surrounds me
Let love and grace draw near me, life can still astound me

Oh April is a pretty sight, she blossoms in the morning
She welcomes strangers with delight, she doesn’t need fair warning
She weathers sun and snow and rain
Goes out to sow her seeds again
The scent of summer just around the bend
April is my friend

April is my friend, she talks of Paris and of lovers
And things that I’ve got stashed away in boxes and in cupboards
A change round here would do you good, make you feel much better
She promises to help me, if only I would let her

Oh April is a pretty sight, she blossoms in the morning
She welcomes strangers with delight, she doesn’t need fair warning
She weathers sun and snow and rain
Goes out to sow her seeds again
The scent of summer just around the bend
April is the smell of freshly painted walls
The hyacinth here in the hall
The precious things we took the time to mend

April is my friend
And if it showers I’ll be fine
Give or take a day or two I know the sun will shine

April is my friend, she sits upon the windowsill
She’s asking me so beautifully, that in the end I say April I will

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: May Madness
May Madness

In the dead of the night when you wore your disguise
All I saw was the light shining out of your eyes
As we danced round and round making patterns on the pole
I think I got my colours tangled up with your soul

Don’t go, it’s an awful mess
I think I’ve got a case of May madness

Who it was, I don’t know, but someone lit a fire
As it burned in the night I felt your desire
From the heat of the flame to the deep, dark woods
Nobody puts the stars around the moon the way you could

Don’t go, don’t leave like this
There’s nothing here to fear it’s only May madness

The goddess tree is growing strong
So kiss me now we don’t have long
And mortal life goes on and on

There’s a girl over there running naked in the rain
She’s got flowers in her hair and Bluebell is her name
There’s a boy on a bridge and a river rushing by
And a stag on the side of the road to Skye

The goddess tree is growing strong
So kiss me now we don’t have long
And mortal life goes on and on

In the dead of the night when you wore your disguise
All I saw was the light shining out of your eyes
As we danced round and round making patterns on the pole
I think I got my colours tangled up with your soul

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: Venus in June
Venus in June

I was looking at an empty sky when out of the blue
She came gently floating by and brought me to you
More than a hundred years since the first time that she appeared to dance with the moon
Venus in June

There was nothing for the sun to do but light up the day
And hope that his dream came true and she looked his way
He’s shine for a thousand years for the first star when she appeared to dance with the moon
Venus in June

Out there in the darkest night I caught a glimpse of heaven in your eyes
And after all that tiny ball became the brightest star up in the sky

Once in a lifetime come moments like this
From out of eternity, whispers of bliss
Riding the heavens from here to forever, she’s calling the tune
Venus in June

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: The Last Day in July (The Kite Song)
The Last Day in July (The Kite Song)

I heard it on the radio and knew that soon I had to go and fly a kite
Looking at the open sky, do I have the wings to fly? well, I just might

Gonna get so high before the last day in July
Gonna watch it fly before the last day in July

Pulling hard upon the string hoping I can catch the wind before it dies
I never really understood that holding on can be so good if you just try
Gonna get so high before the last day in July
Gonna watch it fly before the last day in July

Twirling round or whizzing by like a jet plane in the sky above us all
I let my concentration slip and sure enough it takes a dip and starts to fall - red wings and all

I’m running to the other side to find the giant bird that died upon the sand - where all dreams land
But if I go and pick it up and try again with any luck, oh

We’re gonna get so high before the last day in July
Were gonna watch it fly before the last day in July
Oh it’s gonna fly
Just let it fly, fly, fly, fly, fly…

© Jennifer Crook
Track Name: August Moon
August Moon

She swam like a mermaid through dark blue and green caves
Climbed up the rocks, curled her toes in the sand
’Til all was forgotten, the trials of a woman
And the things that had kept her feet tied to the land

He spoke like a man who had plenty of treasure
That he had to dig deep down to the bottom to find
But when he took the boat out, adrift on the water
It was her face kept on coming to mind

And the August moon said ‘you fell under my spell
Like the light on the waves fell in the beginning of time’
Oh the August moon on a hot summer evening
When I fell under your spell
Did you fall under mine?

After the sun set they were cooking by starlight
They were strumming guitars and oh laughing so hard
There was nothing between them but fire and moonlight
The truth in his eyes and a song in her heart

And the August moon said ‘you fell under my spell
Like the light on the waves fell in the beginning of time’
Oh the August moon on a hot summer evening
When I fell under your spell
Did you fall under mine?
When I fell under your spell
Did you fall under mine?

Deep in the night from an ocean of dreaming
We wake to the sound of the water and stone
The rocks had been falling, the tide ever turning
But love is the lighthouse that’s guiding us home

And the August moon said ‘you fell under my spell
Like the light on the waves fell in the beginning of time’
Oh the August moon on a hot summer evening
When I fell under your spell
Did you fall under mine?

Oh the August Moon…

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: September Rain
September Rain

Grow, grow the grain
Sweet September rain
Tapping on my window
Strange how soon it came

Time marches on
Shadows in the sun
Colours ever changing
What is done is done

Fly, fly away
Shine, come what may
You’ll be back tomorrow
when all this falls away

Traces remain
I need September rain
to wash away the sorrow
and begin again

© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: October Road
October Road

Late start, no time for fun
Lollipop lady made me run
A new plan and shoes to tie
There’s a rainbow up in the sky
The only thing that’s keeping me from that pot of gold
is down October road

Dark nights and riper days
Kick a doubt or two out the way
A long drive and a steep climb
I’m so tired but I say that I’m fine
The only thing that’s keeping me from breaking every mold
is down October road

Gonna drop a dream or two and keep my eyes ahead
There’s so much that I wanna do but I could sleep all day instead
Standing on this hill I see just how far we’ve come
Back there on the street
We could be
Anyone

Bright sun please make me blind
To all of the failures I’m leaving behind
Those days won’t keep me warm
A shredded scarf or a heart that was torn
The only thing that’s keeping me from all that’s mine to hold
is down, down October road

keep on walking…..

The only thing that’s keeping me from what the future holds
is something I can almost see down October road


© Jennifer Crook 2016
Track Name: November
I caught my breath and then I held on tight
Cried in wonder at the sight
When it exploded in my heart tonight
November

You've got me spinning like a Catherine wheel
But you know I love the way it feels
To be alive again to something real
November

I won't be watching from behind the wall
Cos anytime that sparkles fall
I wanna be where I can catch them all
November

I never thought I'd see a night like this
The crowning glory that I can’t resist
You take my hands and warm them with a kiss
November

And then we drew 'I love you' in the air
Turned around and there was nothing there
Dosn't mean to say that we don't care
November

I won't be watching from behind the wall
Cos anytime that sparkles fall
I wanna be where I can catch them all
November
November
November
Track Name: 'Slow Down December'
Slow Down December

Slow down December why do you go so fast?
Let's make this a moment to remember, let's make this last
There's a choir singing an old jazz tune
And both of us know tomorrow always comes too soon

Slow down December why the push and shove?
What is the price of spending time with those you love?
There's an old man crying in a rocking chair
Why don't you send a human angel over there?

Cos you put a string of lights around my heart
Don't be the one to pull them all apart

Slow down December there's a music box
With an uncanny way of turning back the clocks
Stoke up the fire, it'll burn so bright
Slow down December we've got all night

Cos you put a string of lights around my heart
Don't be the one to pull them all apart

Slow down December let's take our time
I've got an old LP record and a bottle of wine
Don't need convincing, you only had to ask
Slow down December let's make this last

© Jennifer Crook 2016