Leaving Soon

by Crow and the Canyon

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released June 9, 2015

Produced by Tyler Thompson and Ben Larsen
Engineered by Justin Phelps at Cloud City Sound – Portland, OR
Assistant Engineers – Ryan Grunest, Hawkins Wright, Patrick Champagne
Mixing and additional tracking by Tyler Thompson
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow – Boulder, CO

Crow and the Canyon is:
Ben Larsen – vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Leigh Jones – vocals
Austin Quattlebaum – vocals, banjo
Miles Berry – upright bass

Additional players:
Jay Cobb Anderson – vocals Tracks 6 & 7
Kellen Asebroek – vocals Track 7
Nathan Crockett – violin Track 8
Kat Fountain – harmonica Track 6
Allie Kral – fiddle Tracks 1, 3, 4, & 9
Mimi Naja – vocals Track 7
Josh Simon – piano, organ
Tyler Thompson – drums, percussion

Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 10 written by Ben Larsen
Tracks 2 & 5 written by Leigh Jones
Track 3 written by Derek Clatterbuck
Track 9 written by John Hartford

Album art and layout by Chelsea Stephen

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Track Name: Waterfalls
Waterfalls keep falling
Though they say the water's all gone
That morning bird keeps calling
Long after the break of dawn

Lightning strikes on the prarie
The fields go up in flames
They were not made to carry
These crops we call the same

Tryin’a pull a weed
You gotta pull slowly
Tryin’a build a house you go stone by stone
There ain't no path that we tread lightly
That ain't no way to treat a home

Just like moss growin' on stone
Without soil we build our homes
Pay no mind to the ocean
The rising of the tide

Clock strikes twelve in the hallway
River roars on down the road
This world’s gonna roll off the highway
No longer can she bear this load

Tryin’a pull a weed
You gotta pull slowly
Tryin’a build a house you go stone by stone
There ain't no path that we tread lightly
That ain't no way to treat a home

Waterfalls keep falling
Though they say the water's all gone
That morning bird keep calling
Long after the break of dawn

Tryin’a pull a weed
You gotta pull slowly
Tryin’a build a house you go stone by stone
There ain't no path that we tread lightly
That ain't no way to treat a home
Track Name: Brooklyn To Milwaukee
So I’ve saved enough to get outta town
Away from all the city’s deafening sounds
Out onto the open road where I will shed this heavy load
Come the break of dawn I’ll hit the ground
Westward bound

A thousand miles to grandma’s house I go
A solitary journey this I know
I’m hopin’ that this open space will somehow help me to erase
The storm that you dragged in those months ago
A near fatal blow

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrongdoin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
No denyin’ this thing’s the best that either one of us has goin’
So I say we may as well try
Oh-----

You tell me that our love’s meant to last
This was a test and it looks like we passed
Or is it that we’re just in love with another form of us
Accidentally buried with the past
And too afraid to ask

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrongdoin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
I’ve wasted all that’s in me to keep my pride and still forgive ya
How do you tell if you’ve done the best you can, oh

Darkness rides at my heels
But there’s light ahead
Fallen angel hear me yell
Take me to your bed

Up until you turned this right all wrong
I’d never been to happy for so long
So I’ll put on my toughest mask and finish this Olympic task
On your behalf while echoes of your song
Cheer me on

Brooklyn to Milwaukee thinkin’ ‘bout your wrongdoin’
Did I take the right course by stayin’ with ya
No denyin’ this thing’s the best that either one of us has goin’
So I say we may as well try
Oh-----
Track Name: Crow and the Canyon
If I was a crow and you were a canyon
I'd drink from your rivers and I'd swim through your air
I'd built up my nest where the roots that there hold you
My feathers cold black would find life in your care

And the mountains would ponder love laid below them
And the rivers would wonder to the ocean again
If I was a crow and you were a canyon
I'd still have to leave you, my first love's the wind

If I's a new rider, and you a starry eyed sorrel
I'd give my last dollar to ride you away
We'd run to Montana through the clover and laurel
Where the hills are pillows for dream heads to lay

And the wind would blow, cold wind on the mountain
And the robins would fly south the same in the sun
I'd follow those robins on the tunes that they'd offer
And cry for the sorrel, for her day is done

But when I cross over don't you buy me no tombstone
Don't lay my bones in a grave so cold
Just let the wind take me up where it's high and it's shining
'Cause the end I need will be new in the day

And the mountains would ponder love laid below them
And the rivers would wonder to the ocean again
If I was a crow and you were a canyon
I'd still have to leave you, my first love's the wind

If I was a crow and you were a canyon
I'd still have to leave you, my first love's the wind
Track Name: Stephanie
That old wind catcher sings the same old tune
I’m just sittin’ here starin’ at the moon
I look to the heavens and I walk to the shore
And I pray that I’ll be with you soon

She said live by the truth and your road will shine
Oh but you don’t know my mind
How do we sing songs 'bout love like a rock
When no one can stay true

Oh Stephanie, did you want to see
If you could hold your heart in your hands so long and let it go
Oh Stephanie, did you want to see
If you could hold your heart in your hands so long and let it go
And be unbroken

Oh the spirit told me I’m down in a hole
That man is takin' all he can
That man is me, honey, why can’t you see
I been tryin' to give it back

That old wind catcher sings the same old tune
I’m just sittin’ here starin’ at the moon
I look to the heavens and I walk to the shore
And I pray that I’ll be with you soon

Oh Stephanie, did you want to see
If you could hold your heart in your hands so long and let it go
Oh Stephanie, did you want to see
If you could hold your heart in your hands so long and let it go
And be unbroken
Track Name: Wilmington
Put me at your door
I need to be reborn
It’s been a while since my smile’s
Been naturally worn

Put me in my place
Make me look you in the face
Shed a light so that I might
See all I’m grateful for

‘Cause I feel the pull of your charms
How I hope you’ll open your arms
And welcome me like family
My North Carolina home

Put me in your play
Give me some words to say
I’ll memorize and bring to life
Whatever’s on your page

Put me in your choir
My soul will fly much higher
Than any god or grand façade
Could help it to attain

‘Cause I feel the pull of your charms
How I hope you’ll open your arms
And welcome me like family
My North Carolina home

And though I’ve been away now for so many years
Won’t you lend a prodigal daughter your ears
For if you take me in I’ll serve you once again
Until the darkness clears

So put me in your shoes
‘Cause I see you in the news
From toe to head dressed all in red
And it’s giving me the blues

But it’s just that kind of year
People giving in to fear
Though we’re behind I know in time
We’ll see which path to choose

‘Cause I feel the pull of your charms
How I hope you’ll open your arms
And welcome me like family
My North Carolina home
Yes welcome me like family
My North Carolina home
My North Carolina home
Track Name: Wine and Whiskey
You were leaving
On a rainy day in may
Tears like the rapids of a river
Hit the ground, what more could I say

You know I tried to love you tried to hear you
When you said you were goin' away
Now your shakin' like a tree in the middle of a storm
Standin’ on it's final day

It’s like wine and whiskey
Tequila on a belly full of gin
It's knowin’ you ain't gonna miss me
Oh when your train comes in

Oh honey
When you find a place that you can call home
Will you work through your troubles in the winter
Or when the wind blows cold will you roam

I know someday will I see you
Standin' like a house built of stone
Cryin' tears of joy for the road that you wandered
All alone

It’s like wine and whiskey
Tequila on a belly full of gin
It's knowin’ you ain't gonna miss me
Oh when your train comes in


Oh you know I wish you well
I'm prayin’ every night 'til the mornin' bell
Everyday I see your face
The salt on your skin I still taste

It’s like wine and whiskey
Tequila on a belly full of gin
It's knowin’ you ain't gonna miss me
Oh when your train comes in
Track Name: Golden Chains
Golden chains
Outside my window
All I do is wait
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame
When the world just passes by

It ain't gonna change
The way the wind blows
But it ain't gonna stay the same
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame
When the world just passes by

You were born with a sigh, learned how to cry
Forever followed that tear in your eye
Won’t you come outside and see the sun
But you’re already broken ‘fore the day is done
So you sit and and you wait, and you try to remain
Oh so deaf and so blind to that southbound train
And you can’t for the life of you
Recall if things were better when you weren't so high

Golden chains
Outside my window
All I do is wait
Ain't it a shame
Ain't it a shame
When the world just passes by

It ain't gonna change
The way the wind blows
But it ain't gonna stay the same
Ain't it a shame (ain't it a shame)
Ain't it a shame (ain't it a shame)
When the world just passes by
When the world just passes by
When the world just passes by
Track Name: Ain't The Lovin'
New Years Eve went to bed
With an ache comin' over our heads
There's been bottles of pink champagne
In the fridge now for weeks on end
We ain't had much to celebrate

Made a bottle of that feverfew
Poured a little on a spoon for you
Poured a little on a spoon for me said oh we will never be
In love like you wanted
In love like you wanted

Stayed in that house for three more days into January in a smokey haze
Just down the road the trees were on fire
Like your bed and our heads gettin' higher
Said oh I could never love you
Like you wanted me to

And I feel like a penny just waitin' on change
And I’m cryin' like the birds in the yard
Cause it ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
It ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard

Well the year went on and the spring time came
And the flowers all bloomed and you taught me their names
Could you believe how our garden grew
But our hearts stood still and you always knew
I would be leavin'
I would be leavin'

And I feel like a penny just waitin' on change
And I’m cryin' like the birds in the yard
Cause it ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
It ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard

And I feel like a penny just waitin' on change
And I’m cryin' like the birds in the yard
And I feel like a penny just waitin' on change
And I’m cryin' like the birds in the yard
Cause it ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
It ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
It ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
It ain't the lovin' it's the leavin' that's hard
Track Name: Gentle On My Mind
It's knowing that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch
It's knowing I'm not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
Or the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the backroads
By the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind

It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that binds me
Or something that somebody said
Because they thought we fit together walking
It's knowing that the world will not be cursing or forgiving
When I walk along some railroad track and find
That you’re waving from the backroads
By the rivers of my memory
For hours you're just gentle on my mind

Though wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us
Some other woman crying to her mother
'Cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me 'til I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see you walkin' on the backroads
By the rivers flowing gentle on my mind

I dip my cup of soup back from the gurglin'
Cracklin' caldron in some train yard
My beard rougher than a coal pile
And a dirty hat pulled low across my face
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you're waving from the backroads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin' ever gentle on my mind

That you're waving from the backroads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin' ever gentle on my mind
Track Name: We Give
I believe in singin'
I believe our voices will ring on above
I believe in being kind
To the ones that you don’t love
Keep room in your heart
For the things you don’t believe
Keep room in your heart for the ones that you leave

We give and we are given
That’s how it all goes down
Fill your heart with what you can
And try to stick around
Sing a song to another
Sing a song to the moon
We could be leavin' soon

I believe that this body
Will wither and fade
I believe that our souls
Are already saved
I try to keep my distance
From the ones who claim to know
Those who don’t bow in wonder
To every flake of snow

We give and we are given
That’s how it all goes down
Fill your heart with what you can
And try to stick around
Sing a song to another
Sing a song to the moon
We could be leavin' soon