The Heart, The Time, The Pen

by Crow vs Lion

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1.
Daniel Odin 03:31
Are you in a place Where no one knows How bright the light Inside of you glows? I’ve been lost at sea Floating off alone You were born to be My way back home All of your light’s shining Watching your sun rising The darkness is only in your mind There is no night You are who you were meant to be. You’ve been fighting Since the day you were born Pathways lighting To guide you back home And you’ve been racing Yet your soul isn’t worn Engines firing To guide you back home All of your light’s shining Watching your sun rising The darkness is only in your mind It’ll be alright You are who you were meant to be.
2.
There ain’t no road I wouldn’t travel There ain’t no riddle I couldn’t unravel ...and from the time that you wake till the time that you rest I will give you all of the love in my chest I will beg, steal & borrow for only you. There ain’t no island I wouldn’t swim to No temptation I could give into ...I’ll give you what’s mine for all of my time I would hand you the sun just to give you its shine I will beg, steal & borrow for only you. You know darling You know I would die Because we only have so much time If you’d only let me do The things that I want to I would beg, steal, & borrow for only you. I would beg, steal & borrow Walk backwards from tomorrow I would beg, steal & borrow for only you.
3.
And the time was strange Yeah it paused and turned And the fire raged and I just burned. On the window panes The rain found its home To be made of love and Not of stone. I heard he was dying Off somewhere new A fade to gray that I Trade for blue. A crooked spin To get caught in A finish line where The loss begins. Alarms went off Inside my head ‘cause dreams wake up when The sleep is dead. The fire died And smoke filled my heart. And time overflowed and Left me burned and scarred. Yeah the fire died And all went dim. The saddest song about A godless hymn. Yeah a darkness gone from A light within. A loneliness Where my love begins.
4.
Missouri 04:19
The past is the ghost that haunts me babe, Nothing I can do but to be enslaved, I heard you were traveling across state lines, Now I got nothing, nothing but time. Set my love free so it never ends, Just blows right to you in Missouri winds, Trying to remember just what I miss, You’re forgetting it all in St. Louis. Are we the sum of all that we’ve known? Perfecting the parts that we’ve made our own, The greatest love is waiting on the tip of my tongue, A parlor trick, been playing it, since I was young. I don’t think I’ll ever leave this place, You’re not sure you want to come back this way, Lovely loneliness make me your own, River road ramble carry me home. Oh my dear you won’t be gone for long, I’ll be right here like a stone, It’s all in my mind. And oh my love what are you dreaming of? I’ve been asleep so long, It’s all in my mind. Oh you know they say you just got to wait….for a sign. Oh you know they say you just got to wait….for a sign. Just know you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life. Oh you know they say I just got to wait…for a sign. The past is the ghost that haunts me babe, Nothing I can do but to be enslaved, Lovely loneliness make me your own, River road ramble carry me home.
5.
Well the loveliest thing that I ever did see Was a young man dreaming of what he could be He was searching for love, he was searching for gold He was waiting for life to fill up his soul... And it’s a 1,2,3,4 time is knocking on your door and you should not turn it away And it’s a 5,6,7,8 don’t you dare believe in fate if it is not with you today Well the loneliest thing that I ever did see Was an old man crying in misery He had found all the gold, he had bought lots of things But he never had a love or a family... (but he had nice things) And it’s a 1,2,3,4 time is kicking down your door and you cannot turn it away And it’s a 5,6,7,8 don’t you dare believe in fate if it is not with you today.
6.
I was waking the truth I was dreaming of you I was thinking that I may not know what to do. I get frightened by time I get lost in my mind I get found stumbling ‘round the proverbial line. Oh yellow my heart As green is my mind True blue is the hue that my love has designed. I get inspired by death So I draw all my breaths And I wander to ponder how much I have left. Chords: Cmaj-F-Cmaj-F-Cmaj-G-F-Cmaj
7.
Entropy 02:27
Oh things are changing Moving way to fast for me And oh ain’t it strange when Pass the things thought meant to be. And yeah, yeah I hear it calling Hear it calling out my name And yeah I feel it clawing Feel it gnawing on my brain What a wretched, wonderful pain. Oh how I’m pacing Racing faster than before And oh how I’m chasing Knowing nothing ever leads to more. And yeah yeah I see it falling See it falling to the floor And yeah how I am crawling To pick it up once more What a beautifully, sickening cure.
8.
Nothing really matters to you, Nothing really matters to me, Isn’t it something the end of everything. Anything is something the end of everything. All you know of love You heard it from a friend And your train of thought last night Comes barreling towards the light You go floating high above Only to descend To the place you always land The end of everything. Put on your black dress Is it me you’re thinking of? ‘Cause the big drum is drumming To the calm ocean humming And we’re going to make a mess Of everything we love ‘cause the world is caving in It’s the end of everything. We’re polishing our bright new shiny masks Trading in our character for cash Nothing here will last. To hell with what I know I don’t know what to believe It’s the final curtain call Of all the things I was before And the light inside will glow Until there’s nothing left to leave What will be has always been It’s the end of everything. Perfect worn out hearts Shining bankrupt dreams Are pulling us all Into endless black holes Where the heartache starts The beauty can be seen Grab all that you can bring It’s the end of everything. We’re polishing our bright new shiny masks Trading in our character for cash Nothing here will last.
9.
I'm Gray 03:18
I want to be fed the greatest lie, the greatest lie of all mankind And when I die I want to be known as the only fool to not know why The skies, the trees, the dirt, the breeze And everything that lies between. Fee to believe, we’ll never know why See to believe, I’ll never know why... I'm gray in the...shade of your love I want to see the hurricanes, the darkest pain, the hardest rain And when I live I want to be known as the only fool that never did Find a truth, define myself, cut out my heart to spite my health Bound to leave, we’ll never know why Bound to grieve, I’ll never know why... I'm gray in the...shade of your love I'm gray in the...shade of your love And oh my dear What I think of And oh my love What’s brought us here... I'm gray in the...shade of your love I'm gray in the...shade of your love
10.
Oblivion, I am not my name, I am not anything. Oh let it save you, the alpha and omega, it’ll make you everything. Oh to make a change, just to stay the same, the vast beautiful nothing. It’s a great escape, it’s a holiday, this life ain’t it something.
11.
Red Ring 03:20
Providence the name of my rifle Have you heard the one about my last rival? Enemy the opposite of me You can drown in the fire or burn in the sea. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Give me a pen and a room painted gray Nothing really matters but everything is great Oblivion, hold the door for me Who you love is all you own and who you love is free. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Providence the name of my bible Have you heard the one about my last disciple? Enemy the reflection of me You can show a man the light, can’t teach him how to see. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Red ring, red ring again Like a halo around my head. Chords: (tuned down half step) E then add G, G-D-E add G
12.
I ruled like the king I fell like the pawn I came with the dusk And left with the dawn I wrote a million pages of my pain Like a sun rising up after the rain I’ve looked into the past I thought about the end Love is life you give Not a slow death you lend Retracing all my steps but my shoe size changed It’s strange you rearrange your plans To stay the same Just as life is shadowed by death I’m dying to live Until I run out of breath Escape into my mind where thoughts often fade The love I thought I had was never really made Came back from where it sent me Caught a cursed kiss I felt so far from empty I started to miss The loneliness that always made me stop and think The world might look a little better when I drink Even the fool can see The worst part of you is me Even the fool can see The worst part of you is me I ruled like the king I fell like the pawn I left with the dusk And came with the dawn I wrote a thousand pages Of how I won Like a father raising up His first born son A past picture blue A future flooded gray A present paint by numbers 13 birds of prey It’s a backwards, complicated way to live The end you receive is the beginning you give
13.
I forgot what I’m supposed to be And who I thought I was The truth we seek is the joke that we find So I’m laughing just because We’re free to think but slaves to time With thoughts of promise and of doubt Me and you were bound to fall in love Don’t let the light go out Hurry, hurry, hurry there’s something new Here for you to bury inside of you Worry, worry, worry if it’s all true Is this all...that life means? Where you go you know I’ll follow you I’ll follow you into the fade But I’m asleep and dying to wake up In a bed that I have made How far down the road we’ll go Not one of us can tell There’s a light somewhere there And it’s got me in its spell It’s the heart, the time and the pen That keeps me coming back here again Like the thunder, lightning, and the wind The heart, the time, and the pen Hurry, hurry, hurry there’s something new Here for you to bury inside of you Worry, worry, worry if it’s all true Is this all...that life is?

about

The album separates the themes of its title into three sections. Each section has four songs relating to The Heart, The Time, The Pen. The last song, the title track, embodies all three themes. So in total 13 songs. Although intentionally constructed to go deeper into the writer’s psyche as the album progresses from beginning to end, this can also be listened to with the sections played in random order, still ending with the title track. The idea is to create a different effect with each configuration. Also, you will hear three transitions, that are placed before the first song of each section that serve as indicators you are entering a new theme (The Heart, The Time, The Pen). The samples within these transitions were thoughtfully selected and contain deeper meanings to the three themes respectively.
The artwork for the album heavily supports the album concept. In it you will find Danny & Dylan’s Guide to the album, 13 veiled correlations in the artwork with the number 13, pictures that hold meaning to the concept, use of his son’s favorite color...red, and a Listener’s Guide to the album. Along with several other deliberate details.

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When the album is downloaded there will be digital bonus items you receive/have access to: A Listener's Guide containing the hidden 13 correlations to the number 13 and other deliberate veiled details included in the songs and artwork, the Album Jacket, the Album Insert, & the Disc Art.

credits

released October 17, 2019

Songs, Words, Album Concept by Dan Gallagher

Produced by Dan Gallagher & Raphael Cutrufello

Recorded, Mixed & Engineered by Raphael Cutrufello at HarmilHome in Broomall, Pa.
Except * were recorded at mentioned locations.

Mastered by Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Pa.

Song Arrangements by Dan Gallagher supported by Raphael Cutrufello

Backing Vocal Arrangements by Brad Hinton & Raphael Cutrufello supported by Kiley Ryan and Dan Gallagher

Artwork, Layout & Design by Robert Saia

Album Art Concept by Dan Gallagher and Robert Saia

Album Disc Photo by Russell Gallagher

All other Photos belong to the Gallagher/Olsen Family

Liam Hare: * Drums on songs 2,4,6-8,10,11,13 recorded by Liam at Rabbit Trax Studio in Doylestown, Pa.

Philip D’Agostino: Electric Bass on songs 2,4,5,7-9,11,12; Double Bass on songs 1,3,6,13

Kiley Ryan: Violin on songs 1,4,6-10,13; Backing vocals on songs 2-10,13

Pat Lacotta: * Drums on songs 1,3,5 recorded by Pat at Poor Posture Studio in Westchester, Pa.

Patrick Hughes: Trumpet on songs 5,8,10-12

Brad Hinton: Electric Guitars on songs 2,4,8; Lap Steel Guitar on songs 6,10,13;
Backing vocals on songs 2,4,5

Raphael Cutrufello: Piano on songs 4-7,9,12; Organ on songs 1,2,3,10; Backing vocals on songs 1-5,9,12; Reading on song 1; All other sounds on songs 1,3-7,9-13 (Recorded our own sounds & Fair use sounds from freesound.org)

Dan Gallagher: Vocals on songs 1-13; Backing vocals on song 3,4,10; Acoustic guitar on songs 1-13 (Additional guitar on song 10); Bell on song 13, Whispers on songs 1,5, 9, All other sounds on songs 1,3-7,9-13 (Recorded our own sounds & Fair use sounds from freesound.org)

Danny Gallagher: Talking & Singing on songs 1,5,9,10,13; Playing red ring on song 11

Dylan Gallagher: Talking on song 3

Track #1: Transition into the Heart: sampled a demo TH1RT3EN by Crow vs Lion

Track #1: Intro/Outro reading in Daniel Odin: Excerpt from the S.S. J. Sterling Morton Isthmian Steamship Company Night Order Book

Track #5: Transition into Time: sampled I Love My Family & Dean Helm by Hezekiah Jones from the album Have You Seen Our New Fort? (www.hezekiahjones.com)

Track #9: Transition into the Pen: sampled Lift the Shadow From This Heart & Traffic to the Sea by Hezekiah Jones from the album Have You Seen Our New Fort? (www.hezekiahjones.com)

All aforementioned artists created their respective parts.

In memory of Jack Gallagher, Eugene Olsen, Helen Gallagher, Helen Olsen, and John Gallagher.

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Contact: Dan Gallagher at dangallagher1319@gmail.com
All Songs Copyright 2019 Daniel E. Gallagher (BMI). All Rights Reserved

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Veiled symbolic poetic imagery, uniquely crafted arrangements, strategic use of metaphor with interconnected wordplay & a meticulous commitment to the overarching vision & concept is the ethos connecting Crow vs Lion’s body of work, a cauldron of experience & observation thoughtfully expressed.
Crow vs Lion is the music & art project of Dan Gallagher of Bucks County, Pa.
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