Hope & Truth & Dare

by Two Crows Joy

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    Debut album featuring 12 original songs by Russell James Hosley. Mixed and mastered at Coast Recording, Nehalem, Oregon. Cover art by Betsy Niederer as inspired by Rudi Hurzlmeier.

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Hope & Truth & Dare is the debut album of this north Oregon coast duo featuring original songs and music by Russell James Hosley.

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released January 15, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Russell James Hosley.
Guitars and lead vocals: Russ Hosley
Fiddle, bohdran, vocals: Jane Dunkin
Mandolin: Russ Hosley
Drums: Dave Gager
Bass: Karen Purdom and Russ Hosley and Jane Dunkin
Piano: Larry Schaeffer
Recorded in Dunkin's livingroom studio and at Coast Recording, Nehalem OR..
Mixed and mastered by Larry Schaeffer, Coast Recording, Nehalem OR.
Album cover art by Betsy Niederer as inspired by Rudi Hurzlmeier.

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Two Crows Joy Nehalem, Oregon

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Russ Hosley and fiddle player Jane Dunkin met in the summer of 2013 and started playing music together. Two Crows Joy focuses on Russ's original compositions with elements from diverse genres including rock, blues and Celtic. Their first album also features the talents of drummer, Dave Gager, bass player, Karen Purdom, and Larry Schaeffer on piano. ... more

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Track Name: Angelina
I met her in a cafe there on the other side of town
sittin' in a corner booth all alone, no one else around
sippin' on a bottle of beer, tequila on the side
I got up and I started to leave when she asked me for a ride

I took her to her destination, she asked me to come on in
I smiled, shrugged my shoulders, figured either way I win
Never counted on those big brown eyes cut me to my soul
Never counted on el Corazon on a downward spiral roll

Angelina, your eyes set me on fire
Angelina, your voice is like a choir
Angelina, so young and soft and sweet
Angelina, I thought we were meant to be

Been lookin' for her everywhere, well she vanished without a trace
sometimes in the dead of the night I see her smiling face
Keep hearing that haunting voice whisper in my ear
Keep spending those lonely nights in that cafe hoping to hear

Angelina, your eyes set me on fire
Angelina, your voice is like a choir
Angelina, so young and soft and sweet
Angelina, I thought we were meant to be
Track Name: Rest of My Days
I can chase after dreams
I can stand up. I can scream.
I can hold out a little longer if I try.

There's a reason when you weep
there's a valley, and it's deep
there's a mountain, and it's oh so high

I wanna see you there
shining in the morning sun.
I wanna be there with you, baby,
after the race is run
I don't wanna be sorry for the things I say and do.
I just wanna spend the rest of my days in love with you.

I've seen roses. I've seen thorns.
I've seen halos, I've seen horns.
I've been waiting seems like forever for you to show.
Now I've found you, and you're mine,
and we're taking our sweet time,
and the honey from the rock of our love
will continue to flow.

I wanna see you there
shining in the morning sun.
I wanna be there with you, baby,
after the race is run
I don't wanna be sorry for the things I say and do.
I just wanna spend the rest of my days in love with you.
Track Name: The Artist
There's a mountain on the side of the moon
I've been contemplating moving there soon
Figure if I gotta be alone
then I might as well have a good view

There's a street somewhere I hear is made of gold
We'll be walking on it there someday I'm told
Well I know it's quite a story but
deep inside I know that it is true

I'm an artist but I keep it deep inside
sometimes I color outside the lines
and I paint a pretty picture of a girl
and she looks like you
There was a letter in the mail today
said send me fifty dollars and I'll pray
and all your indiscretions and little bitty sins will fade away

There was a tower and they built it to the sky
and God he looked down with a sigh
said I guess you're never really gonna get it
and he changed the way we speak

there's a woman drawing water at a well
comes man he had a story there to tell
He said I see that you are thirsty
if you listen you won't have to drink again

He's an artist but he keeps it down inside
sometimes he colors outside the lines
and he paints some pretty pictures of the girls
and they look like you
He sent a letter in the mail today
said you don't have to listen what they say
cause I'm always gonna love you and I'm always gonna make your day
Track Name: 500 Miles
500 miles to drive
so I can look into my baby's eyes
It's sad cause she's gone away
it's hard because I had to stay

400 more to go
eyes strain from the headlights' glow
rain pours and the windshield wipes
like tears falling left and right

and I miss you girl
never let you go
and I miss you girl
more and more and more
and I miss you girl
I'm gonna go on record now and say
I'm gonna love you, now,
until my dying day

300 and I'm falling asleep
Texaco coffee won't you fill it up, please
Static coming on the radio
Mexican music from the town up the road

200 and it all seems the same
twilight's come and gone and so has the rain
mountains loom in the distant light
stomach growls, I better stop for a bite

and I miss you girl
never let you go
and I miss you girl
more and more and more
and I miss you girl
I'm gonna go on record now and say
I'm gonna love you, now,
until my dying day

100 miles I'm almost there
could make it now on a wing and a prayer
palms are sweaty and my throat is dry
trying hard not to break down and cry

and I miss you girl
never let you go
and I miss you girl
more and more and more
and I miss you girl
I'm gonna go on record now and say
I'm gonna love you, now,
until my dying day
Track Name: Eerily
I left the tavern late that night
too many ales, too many fights
I took the path by the river's edge
and I saw her there by the bramble hedge
and she cried... eerily

She was kneeling there by the bitter stream
when I heard a gasp, I heard a scream
I stumbled forth whence came the sound
and the light went out as I hit the ground
and I fell... into a dream

I seen awoke to a wicked laugh
and I prayed I had not breathed my last
I glanced around, the lass was gone
and in her place a peculiar song
and it rang ... eerily

I wandered out of the gloaming wood
and there the red-haired beauty stood
she beckoned me with her steely eyes
and I followed 'fore I realized
that she gleamed ... eerily

Twas at that moment I awoke
the misty morn, the dawn had broke
and staring down was the red-haired girl
the bar wench there at the Black Heart Pearl
and she smiled ... eerily
Track Name: Faded Stains
There she goes
Here I stay
I found out just yesterday
Now you know that it ain't good
I can see
I wish you could

Well you open up your heart
like a razor cutting deep
and it's falling to the ground
like something you don't wanna keep
it's broken and it's bruised and it's bleeding left and right
but they're sitting in the stands yelling
get up, go, fight fight

I found out just yesterday
the man I was didn't cut the pay
I can hear them talking low
like what a fool and where' he gonna go?

Well you open up your heart
like a razor cutting deep
and it's falling to the ground
like something you don't wanna keep
it's broken and it's bruised and it's bleeding left and right
but they're sitting in the stands yelling
get up, go, fight fight

Time will tell like a bitter man
hands will point to the hourglass sands
you draw the line in those tiny grains
as they wash away leaving faded stains.

Well you open up your heart
like a razor cutting deep
and it's falling to the ground
like something you don't wanna keep
it's broken and it's bruised and it's bleeding left and right
but they're sitting in the stands yelling
get up, go, fight fight
Track Name: Outta My Mind
Done anticipating
I been tired of waiting
and wondering how the story's gonna end
You may be sweet as honey,
but I don't think it's funny,
I guess it's just the messages you send

I can't think of nothing witty to say
like it would matter to you anyway
well I thought it might be different this time
but I'm slowly going outta my mind

Loose the cords that found us
release the fates that bound us
toss them loaded dice up in the air
caught a glimpse of broken
it wasn't really spoken
a foolish game of hope and truth and dare

I can't think of nothing witty to say
like it would matter to you anyway
well I thought it might be different this time
but I'm slowly going outta my mind

What are you afraid of?
what are you waiting for?
where are you going?
where did it all go wrong?
why are you hurting?
why's it gone on so long?
who are you blaming?
who is the one that's gone?

I can't think of nothing witty to say
like it would matter to you anyway
well I thought it might be different this time
but I'm slowly going outta my mind

What are you afraid of?
what are you waiting for?
where are you going?
where did it all go wrong?
why are you hurting?
why's it gone on so long?
who are you blaming?
who is the one that's gone?
Track Name: Blue
Well all of the winters and all of the splinters
and all of the hurt, pain and strife
and all of the dreamers and all of the schemers
and all of the wonders of life

and blue is the color of skies
tainted and broken with gray
and blue is the melody spoken
when you find that there's nothing to say

Crashing and breaking, the waters are taking
all of our troubles to sea
still we grow bolder and yes we grow older
as all of it was meant to be

and blue is the color of skies
tainted and broken with gray
and blue is the melody spoken
when you find that there's nothing to say

Binding and blinding and all of the winding
roads that we've traveled to date
falling and stalling, it's all so appalling
and leaves us all in such a state

and blue is the color of skies
tainted and broken with gray
and blue is the melody spoken
when you find that there's nothing to say
Track Name: Between the Lines
you been waitin' such a long long time
you can't seem to read between the lines
you been holdin' on to something blue
well, I'll tell you what I'm gonna do

I wanna kiss you when you don't feel right
I'm gonna hold you on those cold cold nights
well, I guess that I'm just trying to show
I don't ever wanna let you go

maybe we can hold on for a while
maybe we can step out in style
could be things are gonna come our way
I hear every dog has his day

I wanna kiss you when you don't feel right
I'm gonna hold you on those col cold nights
well, I guess that I'm just trying to show
I don't ever wanna let you go

so some day when you close your eyes
and you're headed out beyond the skies
maybe just before you leave you'll hear
that sweet whisperin' in your ear

that he'd kissed you when you didn't feel right
and he held you on those cold cold nights
he was probably just trying to show
he didn't ever wanna let you go
Track Name: Judy
I guess life ain't fair
Most of us wrestle the bear
but sometimes he takes a big bite

She was a beauty then
dark hair and a smile that would win
when something went terribly wrong

Judy, you're in a better place
and life won't let you down anymore
Judy, I see your smiling face
I wish that I had known you long before

The birthday card you sent to me with a five dollar bill was fine
but I would rather have seen you shine

Judy, you're in a better place
and life won't let you down anymore
Judy, I see your smiling face
I wish that I had known you long before

When we look back at the photographs
from the days when you were young
the melody of a song unsung

Judy, you're in a better place
and life won't let you down anymore
Judy, I see your smiling face
I wish that I had known you long before
Track Name: Wedding Song
There's a little gold band
for a sweet little hand
She got flowers in her hair
There's a man at her side,
He's true and tried
Fills her with love and hope and care

There's a man with a book, great nations it shook
written by men from ancient times
there's family there, children everywhere
laughin' and runnin' and singing their rhymes

Always together, forever and ever
No matter what, come what may
they'll be together, cause love lasts forever
and I know they'll find a way

There's a song in the air
there's dreams that they share
and there's memories to make
There's a nice little town
where they'll settle down
to promises they won't break

There's love all around and
I'm sure that they've found
something they'll never ever lose
when they say those vows
those where, whys and hows
they won't have to stop or think to choose

Always together, forever and ever
No matter what, come what may
they'll be together, cause love lasts forever
and I know they'll find a way
Track Name: Another Minute
Thought I had a lid on it, handle on it
thought I had it all worked out
wasn't really plannin' on it, wasn't really worki'n on it
never had a doubt

Never say never, cause you never know
what you're never bound to do
Neverland seems like a fairytale
'til it comes down on you

I don't wanna waste another minute
and I ain't gonna burn another day
The bells done ringin' for the first half
still got time to play
Tired of sittin' on the sidelines
wonderin' if the coach'll put me in
gonna stand up, yell at the top of my lungs
hey, we're gonna win

runnin' round, goin' down, losin' ground
someday roll away the stone
take away, change the day, gotta pay
with my tattered flesh and bone

Callin on the telephone in the zone
I don't wanna know the cost
talkin' to some slick young fella
from who knows where or what

I don't wanna waste another minute
and I ain't gonna burn another day
The bells done ringin' for the first half
still got time to play
Tired of sittin' on the sidelines
wonderin' if the coach'll put me in
gonna stand up, yell at the top o' my lungs
hey, we're gonna win

Tracing down the wrong turns, bad burns
all the roads where I was lost
someone told me don't look back
you might turn into a pillar of salt

Maybe there's a rhyme to the reason
but I still can't find my way
maybe there were too many maybes
that's maybe how I went astray

I don't wanna waste another minute
and I ain't gonna burn another day
The bells done ringin' for the first half
still got time to play
Tired of sittin' on the sidelines
wonderin' if the coach'll put me in
gonna stand up, yell at the top o' my lungs
hey, we're gonna win