Counting Crows

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Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows at EMC World 2010

Counting Crows are an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass).


Song lyrics[edit]

All tracks written by Adam Duritz unless otherwise indicated.

August and Everything After (1993)[edit]

  • Step out the front door like a ghost
    into the fog where no one notices
    the contrast of white on white.
    And in between the moon and you
    the angels get a better view
    of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.
  • Says she's close to understanding Jesus
    She knows she's more that just a little misunderstood
    She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous
    Round here we're carving out our names
    Round here we all look the same
    Round here we talk just like lions
    But we sacrifice like lambs
    • Round Here
  • Then she looks up at the building
    and says she's thinking of jumping.
    She says she's tired of life;
    she must be tired of something.
    • Round Here
  • Omaha Somewhere in middle America
    Get right to the heart of matters
    It's the heart that matters more
    I think you better turn your ticket in
    And get your money back at the door
    • Omaha
  • Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
    Stare at the beautiful women
    "She's looking at you. Ah, no, no, she's looking at me."
    Smiling in the bright lights
    Coming through in stereo
    When everybody loves you, you can never be lonely.
  • We all want something beautiful.
    I wish I was beautiful.
    • Mr. Jones
  • I want to be a lion
    Everybody wants to pass as cats
    We all want to be big big stars, but we got different reasons for that
    Believe in me because I don't believe in anything
    and I want to be someone to believe.
    • Mr. Jones
  • Mr. Jones and me staring at the video
    When I look at the television, I want to see me staring right back at me
    We all want to be big stars, but we don't know why and we don't know how
    But when everybody loves me, I'm going to be just about as happy as can be
    Mr. Jones and me, we're gonna be big stars....
    • Mr. Jones
  • It does not bother me to say this isn't love
    Because if you don't want to talk about it then it isn't love
    And I guess I'm going to have to live with that
    But I'm sure there's something in a shade of grey,
    Something in between,
    And I can always change my name
    If that's what you mean
    • Anna Begins
  • Every time she sneezes I believe it's love
    • Anna Begins (Duritz, Bryson, Marty Jones, Toby Hawkins, Lydia Holly)
  • When I think of heaven
    (Deliver me in a black-winged bird)
    I think of flying down into a sea of pens and feathers
    and all other instruments of faith and sex and God
    In the belly of a black-winged bird
    Don't try to feed me
    I've been here before and I deserve a little more
  • I belong in the service of the Queen
    I belong anywhere but in between
    She's been crying, I've been thinking
    And I am the Rain King
    • Rain King
  • These train conversations are passing me by
    I don't have nothin' to say
    You get what you pay for, but I just had no
    Intention of living this way
    • Raining in Baltimore
  • I dreamt I saw you walking, on a hillside in the snow. Casting shadows on the winter sky; as you stood there counting crows.

Recovering the Satellites (1996)[edit]

  • All my sins...
    I said that I would pay for them
    if I could come back to you
    All my innocence is wasted on
    the dead and dreaming
    I dream of Michelangelo
    when I'm lying in my bed
    Little angels hang above my head
    and read me like an open book
  • Waiting for the moon to come
    and light me up inside
    And I am waiting for the telephone
    to tell me I'm alive
  • Daylight fading
    Come and waste another year
    All the the anger and the eloquence
    are bleeding into fear
    Moonlight creeping
    around the corners of our lawn
    When we see the early signs
    that daylight's fading, we leave just before it's gone
    • Daylight Fading
  • I will wait for you in Baton Rouge
    I'll miss you down in New Orleans
    I'll wait for you while she slips in something comfortable
    And I'll miss you when I'm slipping in between
    If you wrap yourself in daffodils
    I will wrap myself in pain
    And if you're the queen of california
    Baby I am the king of the rain
    And I say
    Goodnight Elisabeth
    • Goodnight Elisabeth
  • A long December
    and there's reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can't remember
    the last thing that you said
    as you were leavin'
    Now the days go by so fast
  • The smell of hospitals in winter
    And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters,
    but no pearls
    All at once you look across a crowded room
    To see the way that light attaches to a girl
    And it's one more day up in the canyons
    And it's one more night in Hollywood
    If you think you might come to California...
    I think you should
    • A Long December
  • Drove up to Hillside Manor
    sometime after two a.m.
    And talked a little while about the year
    I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
    Makes you talk a little lower
    about the things you could not show her
    And it's been a long December
    and there's reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can't remember all the times
    I tried to tell my myself to hold on to these moments as they pass
    • A Long December
  • "I gotta rush away," she said,
    "I been to Boston before".
    and anyways
    this change I been feeling
    doesn't make the rain fall"
    No big differences these days
    just the same old walkaways
    and someday
    I'm gonna stay
    But not today
    • Walkaways (Duritz, Vickrey)

This Desert Life (1999)[edit]

  • She sat right down on the sofa; I said,"Where have you been?
    I've been waiting for you.
    Cause last night I had something so good
    These days get so long and I got nothing to do
    I been hanginaround this town on the corner
  • We spend all day getting sober. Just hiding from daylight
    Watching TV
    We just look a lot better in the blue light
    Well, you know I gotta get out. But I'm stuck so tight
    Weighed by the chains that keep me...
    Hanginaround this town on the corner
    • Hanginaround
  • Well I woke up in mid-afternoon cause that's when it all hurts the most
    I dream I never know anyone at the party and I'm always the host
    If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts
    You can never escape, you can only move south down the coast
  • Well, I am an idiot walking a tightrope of fortune and fame
    I am an acrobat swinging trapezes through circles of flame
    If you've never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame
    And though I'll never forget your face, sometimes I can't remember my name
    • Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  • All the blue light reflections that color my mind when I sleep
    And the lovesick rejections that accompany the company I keep
    All the razor perceptions that cut just a little too deep
    Hey I can bleed as well as anyone, but I need someone to help me sleep
    • Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  • And all the lovesick rejections that accompany the company i keep.
    • Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  • And the price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings
    • Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
  • I am covered in skin
    No one gets to come in
    Pull me out from inside
    I am folded and unfolded and unfolding
    I am colorblind
    Coffee black and egg white
    Pull me out from inside
    I am ready I am fine
    • Colorblind (Duritz, Charlie Gillingham)
  • For all the things you're losing
    You might as well resign yourself to try and make a change
    I'm going down to Hollywood
    They're gonna make a movie from the things that they find crawling round my brain
    • I Wish I Was a Girl (Duritz, Gillingham)

Hard Candy (2002)[edit]

  • On certain Sundays in November
    When the weather bothers me
    I empty drawers of other summers
    Where my shadows used to be
    And she is standing by the water
    As her smile begins to curl
    In this or any other summer
    She is something all together different
    Never just an ordinary girl
    • Hard Candy (Duritz, Dan Vickrey, Charles Gillingham)
  • You put your girl up on a pedestal
    Then you wait for her to fall
    I put my summers back in a letter
    And I hide it from the world
    All the regrets you can't forget
    Are somehow pressed upon a picture
    In the face of such an ordinary girl
    And when you sleep you find your mother in the night
    • Hard Candy
  • American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle right up to my hand
    Making me feel so incredible
    If I made you cry, please tell me why
    Cause I'll try again if you let me try
    American girls all feathers & cream
    Come into bed so edible
  • The gentleman caller in the blue suede shoes
    He don't know what to do
    He just wants to look good for you
    So he rushes in to tell you what he did today
    but he can't think of what to say
    I think you listen anyway.
    He wants to have a good time just like everybody
    He doesn't want to fall apart
    You watch him as he stutters over what to say
    It's just a little game you play
    • Good Time
  • Where’d you want to go to
    With nothing beside you
    But webbing and curfews and rain?
    And everything that hurts you
    Gets stuffed up inside you
    Like butterflies with wings
    And other perfect things
    • Butterfly in Reverse (Duritz, Ryan Adams, Charles Gillingham)
  • I got a friend at the New Frontier.
    And Galen, she said: "This is not America.
    You need a girl with electrical hair,
    And the word you wanted was 'Aluminum'.
  • Got no place to go
    But there's a girl waiting for me down in Mexico
    She's got a bottle of tequila
    A bottle of gin
    And if I bring a little music I could fit right in
  • They left the television screaming that the radio's on
    • Holiday in Spain

Films About Ghosts (2003)[edit]

  • Albert's always sincere, he's a sensitive type
    His intentions are clear, he wanna be well-liked
    If everything is nothing, then are we anything?
    Is it better to be better than to be anything?
  • And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, falling, falling
    The world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallin' off the wall
    Will never be together again
    No never be together again
    No no never never never again, uh huh
    What you fear in the night in the day comes to call anyway
    • Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)

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