Two and a half years after THIS DESERT LIFE the new Counting Crows album is finally out. It's entitled HARD CANDY and features the following 13 tracks:

1. Hard Candy
2. American Girls
3. Good Time
4. If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)
5. Goodnight L.A.
6. Butterfly In Reverse
7. Miami
8. New Frontier
9. Carriage
10. Black And Blue
11. Why Should You Come When I Call?
12. Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood)
13. Holiday In Spain

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The CROWS announced the dates of the upcoming European tour:

08/10/02 - Switzerland Zofingen Festival - Switzerland
08/11/02 - Switzerland Zofingen Festival - Switzerland
08/13/02 - Paredes de Coura - Portugal
08/15/02 - Marktrock Festival - Belgium
08/17/02 - V festival
08/18/02 - V festival
08/21/02 - Corn Exchange - Edinburgh Scotland
08/22/02 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
08/24/02 - Slane 2002 festival - Slane Castle, Ireland
08/26/02 - Heineken Hall - Amsterdam Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADAM DURITZ ON THE NEW SONGS

Hard Candy
"This is a song about looking in a drawer and finding a photograph of someone, and all of a sudden remembering. I found a photograph in a drawer of my old girlfriend wearing this silly yellow hat out at Jones Beach in Long Island. We were playing there. Our first date had been out at Jones Beach the night before at a Neil Young concert, and our second date was at our show out there. In the afternoon this friend of mine took this picture of her by the water. I hadn´t seen her in a long time, but I was looking at the picture and remembering that weekend in New York.
In fact, that´s really a theme for this whole album.
"That´s right. I didn´t really notice it until afterwards. I spent a lot of this past year more locked away than I ever have been. I didn´t go out, I just worked on the record, I didn´t have much of a social life. So the album is very much about memory. "Hard Candy" is memory -- this sweet thing that you can relive, but it hurts, especially in this case. It´s just the same hard candy that you´re remembering again."

American Girls
"I was just trying to write a song that was a little humorous in a way, about the difficulty in understanding the other sex and in having anything work. It´s just about a boy who meets this kind of crazy girl outside of a club one night. They start going out, even though he figures he could have been just anybody who could have gotten her in. It wasn´t really a function of anything special about him. After a while he begins to take her for granted, and then one day she´s gone. That really freaks him out."
Closets, in this song, seem to have a particular meaning.
"The idea of ´she comes out of closets,´ I knew I was going to use it later in the song, for the twist in the third verse. But also, I wanted him to look at her revealing more of herself, opening herself more up to him. For him, that´s his own fucked-up thing, her opening up to him. He looks at her as if she keeps bringing out private shames as opposed to just opening up to each other.

Good Time
"I wrote this as a really beautiful piano song, but I never wanted it to be on piano. I always had it in my head that it was this Isaac Hayes kind of song, like a Counting Crows version of something from Hot Buttered Soul. This song was really difficult for us. I could play it for everyone, then I had to say, ´It sounds nothing like this. This isn´t the song. This is just the music for the song.´ We tried so many permutations to get it that way, starting with ditching the piano, before we worked out the rhythm section part, which is basically a funk/soul, early Seventies thing."
What´s this one about?
"It´s about the difficulty with just feeling okay, and how hard it is to cross the gulf from one person to another, just so you could feel good. It seems like the simplest thing, but it´s so hard to get across that hole between people. I use the words ´Good Time´ because it seems more poignant to fall short of such a simple thing."

If I Could Give All My Love ( Richard Manuel is Dead )
"This song is about someone thinking about his life passing him by well, it´s about me thinking about my life passing me by. I was looking back on this relationship of mine that was gone. A long time ago I was coming home from being out all night, drinking with this girl and some friends. Me and the girl came back to my house; this was when I lived in Berkeley. It was about 6:30 in the morning, so the paper was there. I went inside and looked through it before crashing, and it said that Richard Manuel [of the Band] had died; he hung himself in a hotel room in Florida. I just sat there at seven in the morning, still pretty wasted, thinking how impermanent things were. I remember thinking that you just can´t let things slip by you, because one day they´re gone. The girls that you can´t get your act together for, they go off and marry other people. People die. Life is not sitting around, waiting for you." You start this reflective song with a catchy, upbeat guitar lick.
"That´s about just aching to let it out. Each chorus starts off with that line: ´If I could give all my love to you ...´ It´s not until the second line that he adds this caveat: " but I can´t."

Goodnight L.A.
"It´s about insomnia and loneliness. I had this really bad period of insomnia while we were making this record, where it was almost physically dangerous. I started not sleeping for three or four days at a time, and then passing out for eight hours, and then being up for a couple more days. You start to go crazy after a while, it was sort of nightmarish, but sort of beautiful too. Life becomes very hallucinatory without sleep and I think the song plays into that. The mind wanders before settling upon the one focused thought in the song." What are you most happy with in this song?
"I was really into honing that perfect turn of phrase in this song. To me, it seems like you could just pour details into something, and the feeling comes out, so I don´t always encapsulate things into a specific phrase. But on this song, for once, I really accomplished that: ´What brings me down is love, because I never get enough.´"

"Butterfly In Reverse"
"That´s a line from one of Ryan Adams´ million song fragments. I just started to write this song about my friend Mary-Louis and how great she was. I had the chorus, the ´Marianne´ part. I had the music for the verses. Charlie [Gillingham] helped me out and wrote the music for the bridge. I couldn´t figure out how to get into the bridge, and I couldn´t figure out how to get out of the song. So one day Ryan came over to the studio. We´re hanging out, and I started playing part of it to him and singing it to him. He loved it, and he came up with the music we were missing. Then I said, ´You know, I´m still stuck for lyrics.´ I played him the chorus. I had the first line of the first verse, which was, ´Had a lot of girlfriends, I should have known then.´ Ryan goes immediately, ´Omigod, it´s a great line!´ ´What?´ ´Had a lot of girlfriends, I should have known them.´ I pointed out that I hadn´t said that. He pointed out that what I had said didn´t make any sense. The whole song took about 15 minutes after that. It ends up being a song about whatever Ryan and I were thinking at that moment, but it started as a song about my friend, so I always think of it that way."
Who came up with the title?
"I did sort of, even though it´s his lyric. He said there were two lines that he´d had forever: ´click your heels and count to ten,´ and ´butterfly in reverse again.´ It started out with him going, ´click your heels and count back from three.´ I said, ´You should have known that the butterfly in reverse is me!´ And he´s like, ´Yes! I finally got it into a song!´

Miami
"At one point, my girlfriend went overseas for a long time while I was on tour. She came back to meet me; we were at Miami, and she was flying in for the last few days of the tour, and then we were going to move in together. It´s about sitting there in the airport, completely dying to see her. I´d spent the day on the beach, and I felt pretty good about things in life. The sun was setting. I could see the plane landing. It was incredibly beautiful, and all of a sudden I get this feeling of doom or something in the pit of my stomach -- terror. It´s like, I´ve been waiting for her, and I´m not gonna be happy until she gets home. By the same token, I couldn´t fuck anything up until she got home. Relationships with other people, intimacy, those sorts of things, I find them really hard. I don´t relate to other people very well. That´s what the song is about. "It looks like darkness to me drifting down into Miami."
But there´s an optimistic spin in the final section: "Let´s go shut it down in New Orleans."
"I don´t think I generally write too many one-note songs; they tend to have sadness and hope. This one´s no different. He shakes it off. Basically he says ´Fuck it, let´s see how this turns out.´"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the album's

lyrics

Most of these lyrics were transcribed by Tony, with inserts from Jules, Gina and Lisa..Additional transcriptions by Patrick and Daniel. None of them are official and are considered loose translations. Note: live versions variate from lyrics.


Make a circle in the sand, make a halo with your hand

Miami | All My Love (Richard Manuel is Dead) | Black and Blue | Carriage | Butterfly in Reverse | Goodnight LA | American Girls | Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood) | Good Time | New Frontier | Hard Candy | Holiday in Spain | Why Should You Come When I Call

Miami

Guess I think I feel alright
You come circling through the light
The skyline baby is bright tonight
One more perfect rendezvous
Sundown paints the shadows through
Daylight aiming? on what we do
It looks like darkness to me, oh
Drifting down into Miami
Miami
Can I say
I wish that this weather would never leave
It just gets hard to believe
That God sent this angel
to watch over me
Oh my angel,
she donít receive my calls
Says Iím to dumb to fuck
To dumb to fight
To dumb to save
Well, maybe I donít need no angel at all
It looks like darkness to me, oh
Drifting down into Miami
Miami
She could pull the sun right through me
Coming down, into Miami
Miami
Make a circle in the sand
Make a halo with your hands
Make a place for you to land
The bus is runnin', itís time to leave
The summerís gone, so are we
So come on baby, letís go shut it down
in New Orleans.
Come on baby, lets go shut it down
In new orleans
Come on Baby, come on baby
lets go shut it down, in new orleans.
Come on 6X
Lets go shut it down
in New Orleans
Come on baby
Come on baby
Lets go shut it down


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Black and Blue

Fading everything to black and blue
You look a lot like you
Shatter in the blink of an eye
You keep sailing right on through
Every time you say you're learning
You just look a lot like me
Pale under the blistering sky
White and red
Black and blue
Youíve been waiting a long time
Youíve been waiting a long time
To fall down on your knees
Cut your hands
Cut yourself until you bleed
Fall asleep next to me
Wait for everyone to go away
And in a dimly lit
room where youíve got nothing to hide
Say your goodbyes
Tell yourself weíll read
a note that says
Iím sorry everyone
Iím tired of feeling nothing goodbye
Wash your face
Dry your eyes
Cause youíve been waiting a long time
Youíve been waiting a long long time
To fall down on your knees
Cut your hands
Cut yourself until you bleed
But fall asleep next to me
Have a dream Iím falling down
On my face
Scrape my knees
Scrape my hands until they bleed
Cause you're fast asleep next to me
Next to me 3X

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American Girls

She comes out on Fridays every time
Stands out in a line
I could have been anyone she'd seen
She waits another week to fall apart
She couldnít make another day
I wish it was anyone but me
I could have been anyone you see
She had something breakable just under her skin
American girls are weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle up to my hands
Making me feel so incredible
She comes out of closets every night
But then she locks herself away
Where she could keep everything from me
I could have been anyone you see
Sheís nothing but porcelain under-neath her skin
American girls are weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle right up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible
Little shiver shaking me everyday
But I could get this same thing anywhere
So if she goes away
well it's alright and I'm ok
hey, she said come back again tonight
I said I might I might I might
She said well that's alright
If it's alright, it's alright with you
If it's alright if it's alright with me
I waited for an hour last Friday night
She never came around
She took almost everything from me
Iím going through my closets
Trying on her clothes, almost everyday
She could give anyone but me
I wish it was anyone but me
Nothing but pins and ashes under my skin
American girls are weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle right up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible
If I make you cry please tell me why
I can try again if you ask me to try
American girls are feathers and cream
Coming to bed so edible
American girls oh
American girls 2X
oh 4X
American girls oh
American girls 2X
oh 4X
You make me cry 5X
Hey Miss American girls


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Carriage

If anything
it should have been
a better thing
From underneath you
staring at the ceiling
Thereís another world
of chocolate bars and baseball cards
That hides inside of all
this tension that Iím feeling
But Itís all inside of you
Yeah, itís all inside of you
Surprise surprise
I miss your hair, you miss my eyes
And all this solitude
is my confidence eroding
So we slide inside of
someoneís mouth and someoneís eyes
Until thereís a sound
of something intimate exploding
But it's all inside of you
Yeah, itís all inside of you 3X I wish that I was anesthetized
and sterilized and then
we wouldnít have this evidence congealing
Surprise surprise,
another pair of lips and eyes
And that is the consequence
of actually feeling
It was all inside of you 4X


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Hard Candy

On certain Sundays in November
When the weather bothers me
I empty drawers of other summer's
Where my shadows used to be
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
And in the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade
She wears a silly yellow hat
That someone gave her when she stayed
I didn't think that she returned it
We left New York in a whirl
Time expands and then contracts
When you are spinning
In the grips of someone
Who is not an ordinary girl
When you sleep
You find your mother in the night
But she stays just out of sight
So there isn't any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake the morning covers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it's just the same hard candy
You're remembering again
You send your lover off to China
Then you wait for her to call
You put your girl up on a pedestal
Then you wait for her to fall
I put my summer's 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
When you sleep
You find your mother in the night
But she fades just out of sight
So there isn't any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake the morning showers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it's just the same hard candy
You're remembering again
Again 4X
It's just the same hard candy
You're remembering again
Again 4X
And it's just the same hard candy
You're remembering again
Go ask her to come around
And see me late after dark
Don't ask me to come around
Then wait to if there's a spark
3X


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Why Should You Come When i Call

It's 1:30 in the morning
that's alright by me
you just waiting by the phone
I should give a little warning
but I need the things I need
I'm not proud to need a hand
but I just don't understand
So, Why should you come when I call
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go
it's leaving me here all alone
You ought to get out on your own
ain't necessarily a bad thing
to believe the things I say
cause you can make yourself feel good
you know it's really not a good thing
to give everything to me
I'm just waiting for the show
cause I got no where to go
So, Why should you come when I call
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go
it's leaving me here all alone
you ought to get out on your own
Cause nothing makes me feel so good
gets me high
so I sleep at night
and that's enough and everything
alright
I feel nice
so sorry in the morning
could believe what you believe
I'm used to waking up alone
And if you think about it
anyone you think about is a better love than me
but if you've not fallin' quite asleep?
I might call tonight
if that's alright
why should you come when I call
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go
it's leaving me here all alone
you ought to get out on your own

Butterfly in Reverse

Maryann youíre better than the world
They took a lot of time getting it right on this girl
I said Maryann youíre better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl
I had a lot of girlfriends
I should have known them
Click your heels and count back from three
Do you want to go back
You should have known that
The butterfly in reverse here is me
Maryann youíre better than the world
They took a lot of time getting it right on this girl
I said Maryann youíre better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl
Whereíd 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
or other perfect things
We go swimming in the sunshine
Dangling from clotheslines
Seperate and fall into me
And did you ever see me
Me absolutely
Me but all you but still me
Maryann youíre better than the world
They took a lot of time getting it right on this girl
I said Maryann youíre better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl did alot of things right on this 2X did alot of things right on this girl


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All My Love (Richard Manuel is Dead)

Got a message in my head
that the papers had all gone
Richard Manuel is dead
And the daylight's coming on
I've been wandering through the dark
now I'm standing on the lawn

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you
Well it was cold when i woke
and the day was halfway done
Nearly spring in San Francisco
but I cannot feel the sun
you were sleeping next to me
but I knew that you'd be gone

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you
Take some time before you go
think of monday's coming down
and the people that you knew
The ones that aren't around
you've been fading day to day
I've been moving town to town

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things i do
I'm an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you
2X


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Goodnight LA

I said goodnight LA
Cause Iím awake in my room
Iíve been up for 38 hours
And it donít look like sleepís coming soon
Cause I could break like a bird
Or I could swallow the sea
It seems like the daylight is coming
No one is watching but me
But I donít mind the dark
Discovering the day
Cause the night is a beautiful bright blue and gray
what brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough
And what brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough of love
And itís a dangerous time
for a heart on a wire
Shuttle from station to station
noisily not knowing why
So I put my head on the ground
and the sky is a wheel
Spinning these days into things that Iíve lost
But you can keep all the years
But I donít mind the days
gone rolling away
Cause all this sunlight feels warm on my face today
But what brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough
What brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough never get enough
Never get enough no no
Never get enough of love
I can never get enough of love
What brings me, brings me down now is love
Cause I can never get enough of love
I can never get enough of love 2X I can never ever get enough I can never get enough of love


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uP All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)

Is everybody happy now?
Is everybody clear?
We could drive out to the dunes tonight,
'cause summer's almost here.
And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
When the roads are clear,
We'll head on out of here,
If you're coming back,
I'll see you in the morning
I'm just staring at
the ceiling staring back at me,
Just waiting for the daylight to come crawling in on me...
And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
And let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Ohhh...It's too late to get high now.
2X
fix your hair just right
Put your jeans on tight,
Wear a dress, so I can get it off real easy.
'Cause I've been thinking I'd
like to see your eyes
open up real wide the minute that you see me.
If you don't come through,
I wouldn't wait for you.
I understand that everyone goes disappearing,
into the greatest grey
that covers over everyday,
and hovers in the distance and the distance and the distance...
I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Ohh...It's too late to get high now.
2X
Baby I'm not alone
only wanna get high

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Good Time

The gentle man 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'll listen anyway.
He wants to have a good time
just like everybody else
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
it's no easier for you some days
You wish you could tell him it'll be ok
but you feel a little shy these days
cause everybody goes away
Oh...
You just wanna have a good time
Just like everybody else
You don't want to fall apart this time
I can't look into your eyes and see the mess we're in
darling if it's shit came out
Then I suppose that it's shit went in
Even though I couldn't say I've been the places that you've been
You know you made my heart real strong
even if you made my head real thin
I wanna have a good time
just like everybody
I don't wanna fall apart
oh..
I wanna have a good time
just like everybody
And I don't wanna fall apart this time
so would you please invite me in
ohhhhhhh....
I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
C'mon and take a spin
oh, I got a brand new set of wings
oh,
I really really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from texas
C'mon and take a spin
hey
I gotta brand new set of wings
Man I sure do love them red haired girls
Im just like all the boys from texas
come on take a spin
hey little girl I got a brand new set of wings

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New Frontier

Come on children mind the gap
American people with marvelous hair
And a knack to do anything better than anyone
I got a home with electrical air
And I live in a world
Smaller than anyone
I got a line on a new frontier
I got a line on a new America
All of the people are vanishing here
I could be huge, If I could just get home
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
Purest Aluminum people
are walking the streets of London
So hysterical
Nobody here gets a word that I say
and the problems I'm told, are more than medical
I got a friend from the new frontier
And Galen, she says, "this is not america" You need a girl with electrical hair
And the words that you wanted was al-u-min-ium
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside
I was in bed with
The girl at the end of the world
She says I'm goin home
And you should come home too
I'm at the end of a new frontier
here at the edge of the flat earth ending
I'm getting off to get lost in the air
At the end of the world where the light is bending
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
X4 To the inside of you
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Holiday in SPain

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 can fit right in
We've got airplane rides
We got California drowning out the window side
We've got big black cars
And we've got stories how we slept with all the movie stars
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drink my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new
Hop on my choo-choo
I'll be your engine driver in a bunny suit
If you dress me up in pink and white
We may be just a little fuzzy 'bout it later tonight
She's my angel
She's a little better than the one that used to be with me
Cause she liked to scream at me
Man, it's a miracle that she's not living up in a tree
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
And fly away to someone new
Everybody's gone
They left the television screaming that the radio's on
Someone stole my shoes
But there's a couple of bananas and a bottle of booze
Oh, well happy new year's baby
We could probably fix it if we clean it up all day
Or we could simply pack our bags
And catch a plane to Barcelona 'cause this city's a drag
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Flush my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new
Take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
Fly away to someone new
Fly away to someone new
Fly away to someone new

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