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This is a rewrite of an English folk ballad. Read about it on our blog at midwayfair.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/song-sources-two-crows/

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Two crows sat beneath a crown of olive trees. One said to the other, "You know this hunger's a disease. Easier to eat the wind than to try and find a wage. It rattles my bones and blows right through my cage."

Shadows are marching black across the leaves. One said, "Go west," but the other said, "It lies east."

"All right," the second said. "Maybe we'll just take the one you like least. I swear sometimes you can be so goddamn hard to please."

One said to the other, "I think I saw him fall into the chase. Happens all the time these days, it don't seem so out of place."

The second said, "This bird might be worth two in the hand, but the one I left behind is worth more than I can stand."

The first said, "I can't be the only one who's never killed a man. I swear there was a dog with him, but it must have up and ran." The first said, "I bet his wife will wonder where he's at."

The second said, "I bet she's the one who stole his hat. That dog must have gotten back to his house by now. I can tell you right now this is more time than I'll allow. You take his eyes. I'll take the part that's in between. There's a phone across the road if you find this so obscene."

"I thought we swore to each other we wouldn't do this anymore?"

The second said, "I bet he was another child of a whore. You're gonna wait here all night if you're waiting for absolution to arrive. You can't send me to hell just for trying to survive. Can't send me to hell just for trying to survive."

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from The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak, released March 19, 2011
Track credits:
Jon Patton: Guitar, vocals, bass, and mandolin
Jen Parde: Piano
Tim Taormino: Drums

© 2010. Words and music by Jon S. Patton
Arranged by Midway Fair
Produced by Midway Fair and Chris Freeland
Engineered and mixed by Chris Freeland at Beat Babies Studios, Woodstock, MD
Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios, Baltimore, MD

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“Reminds me a lot of Fairport Convention [...] The playing and craft are exquisite.“ ~Jon Worley, Aid & Abet

For the most part, timeless [...] like a group of minstrels found electric guitars and wrote an album over the course of 500 years.

~John Powell, www.Angelica-Music.com, July 18, 2011
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