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Parralox - Crow and a Baby

Crow and a Baby

Written by Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Philip Adrian Wright.

A crow and a baby
Had an affair
The result was a landslide
The result was a dare
The result was a baby
Who wanted it all
Moved out of the doll's house
Moved out of the hall

With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red

Said "My father was a crow, now I want all fathers dead
Find the fathers of this world, treat them as a fatal foe
Put them in the deepest hole, then cover the pit with snow"

With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red

I'm just trying to tell you what you'll come up against
If you venture from my side, If you think you're so mature
You will end up in a field, you will be someone's manure
Mushrooms growing from your back
Feeding some damn carrion bird
Do you want to contribute
To the corruption of the world?

With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red

A crow and a baby
Had an affair
My dream was the baby
The crow was your hair
Parts of me love parts of you
That at least is obvious
Give my baby back to me
You must see it's only just

With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red
With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red
With one wing on the town, and a gleam in an eye of red

Title Crow and a Baby
Songwriter   Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh and Philip Adrian Wright
Vocalist   John von Ahlen
Backing Vocals    
Production #   215
Engineer   Juan del Toro
Producer   John von Ahlen
Dedicated to   Julia Davis
Studio   Subterrane Recording Studio
Software   Cubase
Instruments   Linn Drum LM1, Fairlight CMI IIx, Arturia Matrix Brute, Moog Voyager II, Roland Jupiter 4 and Jupiter 8
Time   3:01
BPM   130 BPM
Copyright   Subterrane Records 2024
Appears on   Download Parralox - Crow and a Baby V4 (Acapella) - available only on Parralox Bandcamp SubscriptionsParralox - Travelogue (Album)Parralox - Crow and a Baby (Single)Parralox - Demos and Rarities - Volume 3 (Album)Parralox - Demos and Rarities - Volume 3 (Limited Edition CD)
Additional Info:

Recorded for our cover of the classic Travelogue album, which The Human League originally released in 1979.
Released on Compact Disc on conzoom Records. The Deluxe Edition includes 3 Limited Edition CDs.

Production on this track began on Wednesday the 17th of June at 1039 AEST. Basically arrangement mapping and chord deconstruction.

Friday the 14th of August, 2020
Well it's the end of the day and I thought I was all done.
I edited 5 podcasts for Neon Nights this morning from 1000 hours. Then I worked on the artwork for Singles 2, it's just about finished and I should be able to send it off to Ingo tomorrow.
I chatted to Paula and Angus. Sharyn picked up Jack at 1230.
I waited on the phone for 25 minutes to talk to Australia Post and then when the call connected I managed to speak to the operator for a grand total of 2 seconds before the call was cut off. Fucking Cunts. I was fucking ropeable.
So I messaged a friend who works at Australia Post (I don't hold it against her that the company has an absolutely fucked call centre, and is the very definition of soul crushing when any attempt is made to contact them). Anyway, she got the email of an executive, and he was able to resolve my issue.
Then I spoke to Angus for about an hour and by that stage it was 1730 and Sharyn dropped off Jack again. She bought me a lovely food hamper, so I had that for dinner (Dr Oetke pizza and some Lindt chocolate) while watching Sputnik, the new russian scifi movie, which was actually pretty good considering it's 2020 and most modern movies are absolute dumpster fires of virtue-signalling desperation.
When that was over I watched an episode of The Orville and was ready to call it a night when I remember that last night I bought the UVI Orchestral plugin while high on painkillers for my C3/C5.
So I went to the studio to commence the download, and for some reason I decided to start work on Crow and a Baby.
Well it turns out that I had already done the hard part of arrangement and deconsotruction 2 months ago on the 17th of June (v1).
So I started this new version as V2, and it kind of sounds OK.
I laid down a guide vocal and some backing vocals and now it's midnight, so I think I really should call it a night.

Monday the 17th of August, notes written at 2331 hours.
Had a pretty good day. Was waiting for the DHHS to call since Saturday to clear me from isolation, but the dicks still haven't called. Despite me having called daily to ask them what's going on, and to be reassured that they would call within 24 hours.
At this stage I am pretty much Arthur Buttle from Brazil, and the machine is taking me from behind like a bitch.
I spoke to Casear from Paris for a few hours. So awful what happened in Beirut, and thankfully his mom wasn't that badly injured.
I don't know if people know the true horror of what happened there. Such a loss of human life, it's incalculable and horriffic.
I also spoke to Angus for about an hour.
Sharyn picked up Jack at 1230, and I continued work on the Singles 2 cover, well I pretty much finished it.
Then I worked on the website for a few hours.
Chris dropped off my mail, and also some lovely home-made chocolate cookies, two raisin buns and a curry bun from Maxims, plus a lovely handmade Star Trek (Original Series) placemat that he hand made. How sweet of him.
sharyn dropped off Jack at 1830 hours and SHE brought me some chocolate muffins, plus a Quiche Lorraine. What wonderful friends!
So I had dinner and watched the last 2 episodes of Season 2 of The Orville. So damn good. It shits all over Star Trek Discovery, which was so badly written I have lost interest in modern Star Trek completely.
The I watched the documentary on Giorgio Moroder's version of Metropolis and was totally inspired by the music playing in the background. His beats are so sick. I knew I wanted that similar GM style beat.
After that I promptly went into the studio and worked on this V3 of Crow and a Baby. I think I've made some progress with the arpeggios in the chorus and the change of chords.
I also spoke to Annette, Kirstin and Leanne. I'll see Leanne on Thursday at SVHOP. Woo Hoo!!



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