Merry​-​Go​-​Round

by Jennifer Crook

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Merry-Go-Round
(P) & © Transatlantic Roots 2011

"Im really, really loving the new album Merry-Go-Round - it's beautiful" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
"Jennifer's expertise for songwriting and arrangement define this accomplished album." Spiral Earth
"An amazing, amazing record, the kind of thing that gives modern folk a good name.” Zeitgeist
"A brilliant new album" Maverick ****
"Utterly beguiling" Properganda


Produced by Boo Hewerdine
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mark Freegard
Kyoti Studio, Glasgow.

All songs © Jennifer Crook PRS/MCPS except:
Tracks 7 and 10 - Hewerdine/Crook
Track 9 - Crook/Porter
Track 11 - Gillian Welch

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released July 11, 2011

Jennifer Crook - Vocals, Guitar, Harps
Boo Hewerdine - Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mellotron, Vocals
Eddi Reader - Vocals
Darrell Scott - Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals
Bethany Porter - Cello, Vocals
Kevin McGuire - Double Bass
Dorie Jackson - Vocals
Andy May - Piano, Keyboards
Maclaine Colston - Hammered Dulcimer

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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: Catching Butterflies
Catching Butterflies

She sang a song that night
A little truth and a little lies
I was a child again
Out catching butterflies
You walked into the room
Something flickered and something flew
Right into my open hand
Not a moment too soon

But don't you ask me to dance
This heart wouldn't stand a chance
'Cos looking into your eyes
Is like catching butterflies

I wish I was where you are
Laughing out loud in some Irish bar
Or walking slowly upon the sand
Telling stories and making plans

But the distance lies in between
And there's miles of 'might have been'
For every beautiful thing I know
I'm always learning to let them go

So don't you ask me to dance
This heart wouldn't stand a chance
'Cos looking into your eyes
Is like catching those butterflies
A lifetime all in one day
Destined to fly away

And don't you take it as read
All the things that we've never said
It's all unfolding before my eyes
Like catching butterflies
A lifetime all in one day
Destined to fly

Don't you ask me to dance
This heart wouldn't stand a chance
'Cos looking into your eyes
Is like catching those butterflies
A lifetime all in one day
Destined to fly away away
Track Name: When Time Stood Still
When Time Stood Still

What do I put in the place of the hole in my heart?
The one that was perfectly shaped for you from the start
Thunder and lightening there on the stair
I was counting the seconds until you were there
What if the memory fades? I don't think it will
when time stood still

It must have been later that year we lost sight of the sun
Such a primitive fear, our hearts on the run
The darkness came in the middle of the day
Thought the world would end as the birds flew away
But I'd give anything to be there with you on that hill
when time stood still
when time stood still
when time stood still

Like stars in the night all set to collide
We sparked off each other like Jeckyll and Hyde
Such turbulent souls spinning out of control
But the patterns we made were beautiful

Don't you remember the winter it fell from the sky?
'Til it covered our streets and messed up our lives
In an old junk shop stood (was) a red wooden sleigh
We could ride all night, we could ride all day
And we laughed and slid all the way down old brass-knocker hill
when time stood still
when time stood still
when time stood still

when time stood still
Track Name: Merry-Go-Round
Merry-Go-Round


1. Watching the roundabout
See how the children play
Feelings worn inside out
Everyday your best day

Life is a merry-go-round
Bringing us up then dropping us down
Better hold on or we might hit the ground
I think I'd rather be spinning
On this merry-go-round

2. Begging for some small alms
My mind on other plans
A kingdom fell from the sky
Into my outstretched hands

Life is a merry-go-round
Bringing us up then dropping us down
Better hold on or we might hit the ground
I think I'd rather be spinning
On this merry-go-round

Riding on eagles wings
Hurling through time and space
Over the mountains edge I tumbled into a finer place

Just like a long-lost friend
You ran to be by my side
Then you were gone again
Oh how you changed my life

Here on the merry-go-round
Bringing us up then dropping us down
Better hold on or we might hit the ground
I think I'd rather be spinning
On this merry-go-round

Watching the roundabout
See how the children play
Track Name: Cowboys
Cowboys

You come around here in your chaps and your old fashioned clothes
Stinking of beer, but your smile is still sweet I suppose
Since you left town and I grew to be strong
I’ve got bread on the table and a place to belong
And I won’t give it up for some old-time song if that’s what you’re asking of me

I think of you often, like when I'm watching the swallows nest
And when the moon rises as bright as your eyes I love you the best
When the owls start calling and there’s snow on the barn
I think of the last time you lay in my arms
“A little adventure won’t do any harm so why won’t you come out with me?”

'Cos I’m too old to be following cowboys down dusty old tracks that don’t lead anywhere
Too young to settle for memories of what used to be
So please don’t ask me to ride by your side
Or watch the sun set at the edge of the sky
‘Cos it’s too hard to kiss you and wave you goodbye when you leave

It's true that I've wondered just what I did with my travelling shoes
yeah I guess some kinds of freedom can leave a heart bleeding and bruised
So pick up your hat, get your boots off the floor,
I don’t need to gamble on your love anymore
‘cos if your planning on keeping one foot out the door it looks more like losing to me

Too old to be following cowboys down dusty old tracks that don’t lead anywhere
Too young to settle for memories of what used to be
So please don’t ask me to ride by your side
Or watch the sun set at the edge of the sky
‘Cos it’s too hard to kiss you and wave you goodbye when you leave
Track Name: Come September
Come September

Do you remember that awful weather
and the play went on for hours in the park?
We snuggled closer under your umbrella
as the evening sky grew dark

I wore my boots to shreds that so-called summer
running round the edges of the moon
For stolen kisses, midnight dances
and the price you pay the piper for the tune

And I've always loved the shadows of the autumn
And the way the sunlight falls so long and golden
And I said you'd have to learn to set me free

Now everyday of beauty that still lingers
Reminds me to be thankful for the gifts that summer brings us
The festivals are over, everyone's gone home
I'm kicking through the leaves on lovers lane alone

And you talked to me of ancient things, and holy springs, and love,
And I ran away as fast as I knew how
From something that I could not do without

And I've always loved the shadows of the autumn
And the way the sunlight falls so long and golden
Still I never thought I'd fall so easily

There's blackberries and apple trees and conkers on the ground
And something in the wind I just can't name
But one thing that I'm sure of now is change
Track Name: Coming Down the Road
Coming Down the Road

The way the city looks tonight
It might as well be paved with gold
I can feel it in the air
Suddenly he’s there
coming down the road

The way the rooftops reach so high
As if to greet the endless sky
Angels dance beneath my feet
Heart just skipped a beat
coming down the road

It might be just around that corner or a change of heart in the night
It might be the one you’ve been holding for years that suddenly comes into sight

The way the moon graces the sky
Only a fool would pass this by
It’s written in the stars
In the back streets and the bars
And it’s coming down the road

It might be just around that corner or a change of heart in the night
It might be the one you’ve been holding for years that suddenly comes into sight

The way the city looks tonight
It might as well be paved with gold
I can feel it in the air
Suddenly he’s there
coming down the road

Yes I can feel it in the air
Suddenly he’s there
coming down the road
Track Name: Probably the Rain
Probably The Rain

It was probably the rain that woke me from my sleep
Could've sworn that you were here whispering to me
When your on your own you hear things sometimes
Thought you were back again, calling out my name
But it was probably the rain

It was probably the wine that made me talk too much
That made a fool of time, got me thinking of your touch
Sometimes when you drink you do it to forget
Your still on my mind and though your no longer mine,
But it was probably the wine

For every promise that you gave me was a secret that you kept
And secrets burn inside you until there's nothing left

It was probably the night playing tricks on me
If you take away the light it gets so hard to see
They say that love is blind well now I know it's true
Just when I hoped you might, you disappeared from sight

For every promise that you gave me was a secret that you kept
And secrets burn inside you until there's nothing left

I heard footsteps in the dark and I knew it must be you
That old familiar sound didn't think I'd ever lose
I pulled the curtains wide but there was no one there
I'm on my own again, how can I explain
But it was probably the rain

It was probably the rain...
When your on your own you hear things sometimes
Thought you were back again, calling out my name
But it was probably the rain
Track Name: She Wore Red
She Wore Red

Ruby said it's not like it was in the 60's
But it's a beautiful bargain for £25
Each dress that I sell has a story to tell like when I was the belle of the ball
Nowadays I just catch the stitches that fall

Ruby said we broke all the rules in the 60's
And handing me my change she laughed out loud
She had a lover who married another and as he walked back up the aisle
She lifted up her widows veil and smiled

She wore red
She wore red

Ruby said everyone did in the 60's
Things they'd never dream of doing these days
Like running naked for half a weeks wages 'cross Westminster bridge for a dare
Nowadays everyone's just running scared

Suddenly I can see skeletons lurking in cupboards in all of our lives
So don't judge a book by it's cover cos you might discover another when you look inside

She wore red
She wore red roses 
She wore red in case he forgot
That night they kissed and the whole world stopped

Now she'll patch and mend these poor old rags
But once upon a time this girl was bad
After the vows and the cake and the crowds he found his way back to her bed
I don't know if it's true it's just what Ruby said

She wore red
She wore red roses 
She wore red in case he forgot
That night they kissed and the whole world stopped
She wore red
Track Name: Baltimore
Baltimore

Sarah works in a laundromat
It's what she does, and that's a fact
And no one asks where she is from
Today is here, the past is gone

From Baltimore to Baltimore
You wouldn't know me anymore
I'm not the one I was before
Not here in Baltimore

Ring those bells
Ring those bells
Let them ring out again

She has blisters on her hands
Is it so hard to understand
But freedom can look strange sometimes
The heart is young behind the lines

From Baltimore to Baltimore...
Track Name: One Little Song
One Little Song

There's got to be a song left to sing
Everybody can't of thought of everything
One little song that's not been sung
One little rhyme that's not been rung out completely yet

One little drop of falling rain
One little chance to try again
One little bird that makes it home every now and then
One little piece of endless sky
One little taste of cherry pie
One little week in paradise
And I start thinking

There's got to be a song left to sing
Everybody can't of thought of everything
One little note that's not been used
One little words not been abused a thousand times in a thousand rhymes

One little drop of falling rain...

There's got to be a song left to sing
Everybody can't of thought of everything
One little song that's not been sung
One little rhyme that's not been rung out completely yet
That's got a little left