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Counting Crows — A Murder Of One
Album: August and Everything After
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Released: 1993
Length: 5:33
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Blue morning
Wrapped in strands of fist and bone
Curiosity Kitten
Doesn't have to mean you're on your own
You can look outside your window
He doesn't have to know
We can talk a while baby
We can take it nice and slow

All your life is such a shame
All your love is just a dream

Well are you happy where you're sleeping
Does he keep you safe and warm
Does he tell you when you're sorry
Does he tell you when you're wrong?
Well, I've been watching you for hours
It's been years since we were born
We were perfect when we started
I've been wondering where we've gone

All your life is such a shame
All your love is just a dream

Well I dreamt I saw you walkin'
Up a hillside in the snow
Casting shadows on the winter sky
As you stood there counting crows
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for girls and four for boys
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told

Well there's a bird that nests inside you
Sleeping underneath your skin
When you open up your wings to speak I wish you'd let me in.

All your life is such a shame
All your love is just a dream
Open up your eyes
You can see the flames of your wasted life
You should be ashamed


And you don't want to waste your life baby
You don't wanna waste your life now darlin'
You don't wanna waste your life baby
You don't wanna waste your life now darlin'
And you don't wanna waste your life now baby,
I said you don't wanna waste your life now darlin'
You don't wanna waste your life now baby
You don't wanna
You don't wanna waste your life now darlin'

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I said I will walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine,
I am feathered by the moonlight fallin' down on me,

I said I will walk along these hillsides in the summer 'neath the sunshine,
I am feathered by the moonlight

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 ksb wrote:
mperetz wrote:
The negative comments about this song - and the negative comments about a lot of other 'pop'-ish songs on RP are so typical of people who take everthing about music way too damned seriously. It's typical of wannabees and people who sit in sport's statdiums and shout at the teams about what they should have done - AS IF those fat f**cks in the stands could even walk across the field - let alone get up to bat. (and I don't even like professional sports - partially because of all of the sh**theads in the stands and partially because all they are is a business). I've never understood the high and mighty approach to music - either music appeals to something in you or it doesn't. That's it - STOP analyzing it and stop criticizing Bill - change the channel. This is "art" and not science. Get OVER yourselves.
This is hilarious! You do realize you are doing exactly what you are complaining about, right? You can't get high and mighty about not being high and mighty. Well, I guess you can, but it ends up being pretty funny!
 

sort of captures this post modernist existential angst we live in these days. quite appropriate to this song itself which is damn good. lotsa magpies and crows in here. 
 maboleth wrote:
Thom Yorke and this guy... should be awarded for the Whiners' lifetime award.
 
A lot of RP commenters would get Honorable Mentions in that, at the very least.
Probably the worst lead singer of any band.  
 Agreed. RP is the best.
aaronm wrote:
Lotta folks on here saying how they hate this, and a lotta folks responding that it's expected (and maybe even healthy) to hate something on an eclectic station once in a while; if it's not pushing your boundaries, it's not doing its job.

That response is 100% correct, and I have to remind myself of it from time to time with other songs. But not this one! I just wanted to chime in for those who actually like this song, because I do. I recognize that the vocals aren't great, but they still fundamentally work for me here. I'm glad this song is in the rotation, and I'm generally grateful for even the songs I don't like much.

This is a long-winded way of saying: thanks for making a good station, Bill!

 

Awful crap.
Thom Yorke and this guy... should be awarded for the Whiners' lifetime award.
 aaronm wrote:
Lotta folks on here saying how they hate this, and a lotta folks responding that it's expected (and maybe even healthy) to hate something on an eclectic station once in a while; if it's not pushing your boundaries, it's not doing its job.

That response is 100% correct, and I have to remind myself of it from time to time with other songs. But not this one! I just wanted to chime in for those who actually like this song, because I do. I recognize that the vocals aren't great, but they still fundamentally work for me here. I'm glad this song is in the rotation, and I'm generally grateful for even the songs I don't like much.

This is a long-winded way of saying: thanks for making a good station, Bill!

 
I agree 100% with your comment. I listen to RP everyday and never hit PSD. It's all about learning to appreciate music whether it's in your chosen genre or not.
Lotta folks on here saying how they hate this, and a lotta folks responding that it's expected (and maybe even healthy) to hate something on an eclectic station once in a while; if it's not pushing your boundaries, it's not doing its job.

That response is 100% correct, and I have to remind myself of it from time to time with other songs. But not this one! I just wanted to chime in for those who actually like this song, because I do. I recognize that the vocals aren't great, but they still fundamentally work for me here. I'm glad this song is in the rotation, and I'm generally grateful for even the songs I don't like much.

This is a long-winded way of saying: thanks for making a good station, Bill!
 lathyris wrote:
 Oldfan wrote:
Ok, a newbie here and have to say that this is a nice station, listening for a while now and really enjoy the variety - and the comments.  But, not this song, not this band. 


Would you trust that a radio station is introducing you to new and exciting music if you liked every single thing it played? I think the fact that you don't like 100% of what's on RP is actually a good thing :-)

 
This sums up why i'm here at RP 
Blech!

Can't stand these guys. 


 Oldfan wrote:
Ok, a newbie here and have to say that this is a nice station, listening for a while now and really enjoy the variety - and the comments.  But, not this song, not this band. 

 
Welcome! Look for the connecting threads in the playlist, which are often very good. That usually redeems the clunkers (imo) that come every so often. I agree with you on this one too.
 Oldfan wrote:
Ok, a newbie here and have to say that this is a nice station, listening for a while now and really enjoy the variety - and the comments.  But, not this song, not this band. 


Would you trust that a radio station is introducing you to new and exciting music if you liked every single thing it played? I think the fact that you don't like 100% of what's on RP is actually a good thing :-)
Ok, a newbie here and have to say that this is a nice station, listening for a while now and really enjoy the variety - and the comments.  But, not this song, not this band. 
 Duc1098 wrote:
I'm sure that 24/7/365 introduces some pretty serious programming challenges, but this is weak.

 
...or, alternatively, BillG actually likes the Counting Crows and sees this offering as a strong addition to the playlist.

 ppopp wrote:
Counting Crows after The Black Keys - how much worse could it get?

 
You posted.  I think you just answered your own question.
I'm sure that 24/7/365 introduces some pretty serious programming challenges, but this is weak.
Not sure why, but this is their only "early" song I'm not sick of.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Duritz.  I'm throwing a solid 7 your way 23 years later. 
this stuff blows big time, I need some REAL vocal chops:

 
 scrubbrush wrote:

me three

 
me four!!
 leafmold wrote:

I like this album too.

 
me three
 ppopp wrote:
Counting Crows after The Black Keys - how much worse could it get?

 
Based on your rankings, maybe they'll play Dave Matthews Band  or The Smashing Pumpkins 
Perfect !
 
Counting Crows after The Black Keys - how much worse could it get?
You know if we could generate electricity from the heat from the haters when Counting Crows comes on the world wouldn't have an unlimited source of clean power an lots of good music on the radio! 
Seems like a lot of people hate Counting Crows. Seems like Bill doesn't care. I like Bill.
This band would be great if they just did instrumentals.
 leafmold wrote:

I like this album too.

 
Same here.
Haters gonna hate - this is a GREAT band, GREAT song, GREAT album  - I love his voice {#Whistle}
 dsd wrote:
just read through the comments—another band I am now supposed to think sucks—sorry this was/is one great album in my view.

 
I like this album too.
lol @ this singer making it into the studio.
 mdnlsn wrote:
No. More. Counting. Crows.

 
Gee, you'd think by now Bill would have bowed to your personal taste.
No more counting crows, please.

Bad band, crappy lyrics, bad covers, worst singer ever...

Never play them again. Thank you.
No. More. Counting. Crows. 

joempie wrote:
bad music.

a totally overplayed band at RP.

 


Just saw them last night in SB. Great show. Still making good music. 
bad music.

a totally overplayed band at RP.
keep on countin' the murders of crows {#Daisy}
lol! The Black Keys followed by Counting Crows. Usually at this point I wake up in a cold sweat.
Ya killing me Bill! 
Worst music ever. 
just read through the comments—another band I am now supposed to think sucks—sorry this was/is one great album in my view.
How clever to work in "murder" (flock of crows) into a CC's song title.  {#Yawn}
 ppopp wrote:
Worst voice ever to make the recording studio.

 
true
yeah, not good, awful really 
This band is IMO one of the few blights of mediocrity on RPs otherwise creative, exciting playlist. I would seriously consider doubling my annual donation in exchange for a full ban. 
All the recent negative comments! ...I've been saying the same things since I first heard this band. Never liked them, and in particular the vocals.
Worst voice ever to make the recording studio.
Counting Crows. A Murder Of One. I get it. 
 valerie wrote:
Why do I have such a soft spot for this whiny, melodramatic band?
Work on it.  I have gotten over my "soft spot" quite easily. 


Fairly decent. Saw them in concert around the time of this album. They were pretty good live. Wouldn't buy it though.
 hanssachs wrote:
Twenty years ... still stands up.  I still like it.

 
I was just thinking the same thing. Hard to believe there are so many classic hits on one golden album. 
Twenty years ... still stands up.  I still like it.
Such a good band. I have to laugh at the people who need to critique the creations of others. They must be American Idol watching drones.

More Counting Crows would be good. 
Don't care what you think, I like this.  Here's why:  I give a similar quiz to my nieces, all seven of 'em.

Well are you happy where you're sleeping?
Does he keep you safe and warm?
Does he tell you when you're sorry?
Does he tell you when you're wrong?
Ah.  Memories of college come flooding back.  Couldn't walk out of the dorm without hearing this album being played in someone's room somewhere.
 zigzag wrote:
Whiny, insipid claptrap.

Seriously, when a band like this listens to playback, do they think they've created something new and interesting?

Or just rehashed some leftovers?

Badly. 
 
I agree with all this, but seemingly this is a minority opinion. This band has always grated for me and time has not softened any of it.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm not paying any attention to the comparisons and arty-farty criticisms of this band. I don't care about Adam Duritz's personal anguishes. All I know is that when I hear pretty much any Counting Crows song, I start to smile, drive a little faster, maybe even sing.

I can't fault a band that elicits that reaction for me, since I'm one step away from total despair most of the time.  Oh - and I've discovered that I still have my voice, so singing isn't an excruciatingly-horrific experience anymore - at least, to my ears.

And I just love this song.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
Florence must have listened to a lot of this.
 My experience exactly.

lemonfergie wrote:
Love this album. Their later albums made me grow super sick of his whiny voice to the point of making feel angry and nauseated (irrational I know but it happens!), but this one holds a dear little peice of my heart. Thanks RP!
 


Whiny, insipid claptrap.

Seriously, when a band like this listens to playback, do they think they've created something new and interesting?

Or just rehashed some leftovers?

Badly. 
Why do I have such a soft spot for this whiny, melodramatic band?
 joelbb wrote:
Why would a vocalist with any choice at all come so close to emulating the execrable voice of Neil Young?  Speaking of wasting your life...
 
No, he improves on Neil Young, actually. In the self-important whiney delivery department.
 copymonkey wrote:
The 'it can't be cool if it's commercial' vibe is one of the only things I don't like about the RP comment board.
 
I don't like that, too.

I love quite a lot of music from bands that were/are commercially successful.
And I don't bash everything from Dave Matthews, even though one seems to have to here on RP.

Having said that, I really dislike almost everything this band ever produced. The singer is an intolerable whiner.
Why would a vocalist with any choice at all come so close to emulating the execrable voice of Neil Young?  Speaking of wasting your life...
Grits teeth and raises...to...8
 lemonfergie wrote:
Love this album. Their later albums made me grow super sick of his whiny voice to the point of making feel angry and nauseated (irrational I know but it happens!), but this one holds a dear little peice of my heart. Thanks RP!
 
Kept me sane when things were frenetic a while back (despite the clever self reference within the lyric)
Love this album. Their later albums made me grow super sick of his whiny voice to the point of making feel angry and nauseated (irrational I know but it happens!), but this one holds a dear little peice of my heart. Thanks RP!
 treatment_bound wrote:

I think this was their best song, but for some reason, it doesn't get played here in Chi. on 'XRT anymore.  But
Round Here, Mr.Jones & Rain King still get trotted out regularly...what's up with that?

 
I remember listening to Durtz crow on XRT for many years.  Ah, the memories.
shellbella wrote:
Black Crowes?  Yes.  Counting Crows... No
 

counting black sheryl crows
Nice song, but I always find it lame when bands say their name in a song.
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Now this crow-song I like.{#Lol}
 
I think this was their best song, but for some reason, it doesn't get played here in Chi. on 'XRT anymore.  But
Round Here, Mr.Jones & Rain King still get trotted out regularly...what's up with that?

Now this crow-song I like.{#Lol}
 sandpebble wrote:
I Love this whole album but the first time i heard their "Big Yellow Taxi", I was done with the CCs
 
That is one of the worst cover versions of any song that I have ever heard.  This album wasn't bad - they even have a crow reference in this song title but I find this song to be a little dull.


 Alexandra wrote:
{#Good-vibes}   CC songs always make me think of a really great phase of my life in the 90s. Always.
 

X2!
Black Crowes?  Yes.  Counting Crows... No
 sandpebble wrote:
I Love this whole album but the first time i heard their "Big Yellow Taxi", I was done with the CCs
 

Lolz... Indeed... Duritz is such a tool.  But this was a great album.  
I Love this whole album but the first time i heard their "Big Yellow Taxi", I was done with the CCs
 sronis wrote:
true, but what a great songwriter, and what a great song!

 
{#Yes}

{#Good-vibes}   CC songs always make me think of a really great phase of my life in the 90s. Always.
one of my personal favs by these guys,

Like the music or not you have to wonder if anyone was able to pull down the ladies like Adam could...whipped threw the Friends cast in their prime. Monica Potter, and now Emmy Rossum. 
Does Adam have a self important, hipster, tacky quality about him and probably thinks he is far deeper and important than he actually is? Sure, but the Crows have produced some very toe tappin' tunes and they are fine with me.
Ever walk by a Yankee Candle store unexpectedly? Some people love it, but the blast of artificial stink trying to mimic natural scents causes an immediate toxic reaction and headache for me.

true, but what a great songwriter, and what a great song!

 lysisphere wrote:
The most annoying voice in music. 

Yup.  You nailed it.

A cellar, a generator, some jumper cables.  I'd make Adam Duritz really whine.
fills me with pure sunshine, positivity and happiness. 
Or, on the other hand, one could listen and absorb the poignancy of someone who actually has something to say, something worth listening to.  Let me know where I can listen to the songs you've written.

 
thejake wrote:
{#Yes}

 
The_Bio_Teacher wrote:
Sounds like the same issue I have when Neil Young starts "singing"...
 
corndog4000 wrote:
i dislike counting crows even more lately because sometimes i miss great music on RP if i forget to un-mute at the end of the song.
 
 
 


Agreed Sasha.  This album is a favorite that will continue to paint me in melancholy hues as long as I draw breath.

 
Sasha2001 wrote:
This was a great album - what a breath of fresh air they were in a sea of grunge back in 1992.
 


I'm not paying any attention to the comparisons and arty-farty criticisms of this band. I don't care about Adam Duritz's personal anguishes. All I know is that when I hear pretty much any Counting Crows song, I start to smile, drive a little faster, maybe even sing.

I can't fault a band that elicits that reaction for me, since I'm one step away from total despair most of the time.  Oh - and I've discovered that I still have my voice, so singing isn't an excruciatingly-horrific experience anymore - at least, to my ears.

And I just love this song.

This was a great album - what a breath of fresh air they were in a sea of grunge back in 1992.
This is a great album. I think "Rain King" is the best track, but they're all good. {#Music}
 toddbruner wrote:
It's funny... Counting Crows, U2, and some others seem to suffer from what appears to be a law of nature on RP:  As the commercial success of a band increases, the proportion of "haters" posting increases.

I wonder how much hate would be thrown at them on these boards if they were unsigned indies.
 

You speak the truth toddbruner.

The 'it can't be cool if it's commercial' vibe is one of the only things I don't like about the RP comment board.
There are some artists whose imperfect voices make it difficult for some to recognize their musical genius. Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen are a couple of examples. I understand that. In the beginning I thought Adam was a whiney pop star. I came to realize he's a talented songwriter and stylist, and the band is pretty tight. These are not his best lyrics, but it's still a fun song. 
It's funny... Counting Crows, U2, and some others seem to suffer from what appears to be a law of nature on RP:  As the commercial success of a band increases, the proportion of "haters" posting increases.

I wonder how much hate would be thrown at them on these boards if they were unsigned indies.
The most annoying voice in music.
For the sole reason of the memory of sitting in a circle around the old-school cassette player in sixth grade, blasting this album, this gets my vote.

I have already been worn down by these guys.....  NO MORE CROWS!  {#Frustrated}
Bill, it only took 4 short years, but you might be wearing me down on these guys. {#Beat} 2-> 4

perfect!   {#Drummer}
 Quixmundi wrote:
These guys and their music give me a headache. Bunch of whiney, angst ridden weenies.
 
https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e180/e_lee16/8420Weiner20Dog1.jpg
Angst-ridden weenie (dog).

These guys and their music give me a headache. Bunch of whiney, angst ridden weenies.
 musickat wrote:
I agree.   don't like to be negative... but this guy has a pitiful voice...   to whiney.

 
g4ege wrote:
Please NO MORE CROWS!!!
 
  These crows sound good out here on the coast...not like the ones that wake you at sun up when you are camping. Crank it up.



come on  — Neil Young is a LOT better than this guy.

 
thejake wrote:
{#Yes}

 
The_Bio_Teacher wrote:
Sounds like the same issue I have when Neil Young starts "singing"...
 
corndog4000 wrote:
i dislike counting crows even more lately because sometimes i miss great music on RP if i forget to un-mute at the end of the song.
 
 
 


{#Yes}

 
The_Bio_Teacher wrote:
Sounds like the same issue I have when Neil Young starts "singing"...
 
corndog4000 wrote:
i dislike counting crows even more lately because sometimes i miss great music on RP if i forget to un-mute at the end of the song.
 
 


I agree.   don't like to be negative... but this guy has a pitiful voice...   to whiney.

 
g4ege wrote:
Please NO MORE CROWS!!!
 


Sounds like the same issue I have when Neil Young starts "singing"...
 
corndog4000 wrote:
i dislike counting crows even more lately because sometimes i miss great music on RP if i forget to un-mute at the end of the song.
 


 wbeaver wrote:
Second day in a row that RP played a cut from 'August and Everything After'. No coplaints. One of the best albums of the 90's, IMHO (does anyone still use the term 'album' anymore..)
 
Yes it is one of the best albums of the 90s and yes we still use the term album. Go Crows!

Second day in a row that RP played a cut from 'August and Everything After'. No coplaints. One of the best albums of the 90's, IMHO (does anyone still use the term 'album' anymore..)
Sounds like it would be fun to play in Rock Band...
 speakerman wrote:
Please follow this with any Dave Matthews Band song! 

Yes, I am kidding as I can hardly think of a worse way to auditorily kick off the new year.
 
AMEN !!!

I bought this years ago, and liked it for a while.  It sure got tiresome though.  Too many cuts sounded too much like too many other cuts.  If RP never played them again it would be no great loss, IMHO.
Counting Crows will rip your guts out... That's a good thing.
Keep the Crows coming.

Please NO MORE CROWS!!!
Please follow this with any Dave Matthews Band song! 

Yes, I am kidding as I can hardly think of a worse way to auditorily kick off the new year.
Nineties pop music that is actually pretty damn good...except for the drummer.

This was so awesome back in the 90s when I didn't know any better.
This guy's voice and vocal style really grates on me - always has for some reason.   

I had no idea who this was, but it irritated me enough to pull up the website and look - when I saw, it didn't surprise me at all.
{#Kiss}
Horrible 90's pop that should stay there, imo.  Guy can't sing to save his life, he needs to stick to drunken karaoke.
This starts out bad and then gets worse
BULL PLOP!