Crazy Old Moon

Crazy Old Moon (1998)
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This album, released in the fall of 1998, is the first all-original solo recording in almost a decade. There's lots of variety, from the uptempo I’m On The Edge and Powered by Love to the straight-ahead country of Crazy Old Moonand No One To Talk to but the Moon (a duet with Cindy Church) to the jazzy Knockin’ On Wood.

Crazy Old Moon Lyrics

In the morning
When the dawn is climbing
I can feel your steady breathing
See the blankets fall and rise
And I just smile
'Cos everything is rhyming
I'm so thankful for you darlin'
I don't need any disguise

Because I'm powered by love
Powered by love
A love that's been alive a long time
In from the storm
Dry safe and warm
And perfectly aligned
No time for tears
No time for tears
Or the deep fears of a lonely night
That's all in the past
Here's something that will last
You and me
Powered by love

Out in the wild world
Of twisted up desire
You know, that place full of cheaters
Always tryin' to drag you down
Well, I walk right
Into their line of fire
I'm invincible darlin'
I'm not gonna be their clown

Because I'm powered by love
Powered by love
A love that's been alive a long time
In from the storm
Dry safe and warm
And perfectly aligned
No time for tears
No time for tears
Or the deep fears of a lonely night
That's all in the past
Here's something that will last
You and me
Powered by love
A love that's been alive a long time
In from the storm
Dry safe and warm
And perfectly aligned
No time for tears
No time for tears
Or the deep fears of a lonely night
That's all in the past
Here's something that will last
You and me
Powered by love

You and me
Powered by love

You and me
Powered by love
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
Lookin’ down, down that lonesome old road
Feel a heavy burden
Just like I’m bound to explode
And I’m thinkin’ it’s high time
Something’s got to even up soon
Cos it’s chillin’ my heart
Givin’ me gloom
You crazy old moon

Don’t know when, when I started to fall
All I know is I’m
Here with my back to the wall
And I’m thinkin’ it’s high time
Something’s got to even up soon
Cos it’s chillin my heart
Givin’ me gloom
You crazy old moon

Mmmm, big moon you keep shinin’ down
On my misery
Help me turn myself around
Back to where I used to be

Rescue me soon

Lookin’ down, down that lonesome old road
Feel a heavy burden
Just like I’m bound to explode
And I’m thinkin’ it’s high time
Something’s got to even up soon
Cos it’s chillin’ my heart
Givin’ me gloom
You crazy old moon
Shine down your light
Rescue me soon
You crazy old moon
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
Nothing like lonesome
To make the coffee bitter black
Nothing like lonesome
To make a train jump off the track
Trap you on the high wire
No rescue below
Make a tear filled river
Up and overflow
Nothing like lonesome
Hmmm

Nothing like lonesome
To put the moon behind a cloud
Nothing like lonesome
To make a joyful song too loud
Make the red robin tremble
To a coyote moan
Make an old lover’s whisper
Turn a heart to stone
Nothing like lonesome
Hmmm

Nothing like lonesome
To make an easy thing too hard
Nothing like lonesome
To tip a fragile house of cards
Start listing the failures
Start walking the floor
Start weeping and wondering
What a life is for
Nothing like lonesome
Hmmm

Nothing like lonesome
Hmmm
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
I got a gal ‘bout five foot two
Yeah, that’s right, her pretty eyes are blue
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
And there ain’t one thing
I can do wrong

Once I was chubby and kind of stout
Now I’m so skinny and plumb tuckered out
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
And there ain’t one thing
I can do wrong

Now, I feel fine
When she says she’s mine
But I’d break down cryin
If she
Kicked back the covers
Left me for another

Don’t know just what it is I’ve got
Whatever it is, she seems to like it a lot
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
She’s crazy bout lovin me
And there ain’t one thing
I can do wrong
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
No one to walk with
No one to change my tune
No one to talk to but the moon
No one to waltz me
Outside my lonely room
No one to talk to but the moon               
	Seems like every dream has flown away 
	Seems like every dream has gone astray
I miss your blue eyes
Please say I’ll see them soon
No one to talk to but the moon
But the moon
But the moon
But the moon....
	
	Seems like every dream has flown away 
	Seems like every dream has gone astray
I miss your blue eyes
	(i’m missing you)
Please  say I’ll see them soon
	(i’m missing you)
No one to talk to  but the moon
But the moon
But the moon
But the moon....
No one to talk to but the moon
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
On a day like today
When your so far away
And nothing seems to be right
Chained to my chair
Goin’ nowhere
Ah but if I had wings
I would glide through this night

Yes, if I were a raven I’d fly
To be by your side I would try
I’d follow the river
I’d ride on the breeze
Through the misty old mountains
High over the trees
And in the sunlight of morning you’d hear
Through your window, a voice ringing clear
I’d send you a tune or two down from the sky
Yes, if I were a raven I’d fly
Yes, if I were a raven I’d fly
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
Knockin on wood for good luck
Coverin' every base
I don't believe I believe in the good old wives
But I'm knockin' on wood
Just in case

Ain't gonna tell you no story
Ain't gonna tell you no lie
Fear hidin' back in the shadows
Dancin' like a butterfly

Knockin on wood for good luck
Coverin' every base
I don't believe I believe in the good old wives
But I'm knockin' on wood
Just in case

Ain't gonna tell you no story
Wanna be screamin' no fair
Takin' in the information
Lyin’ on the healer chair
 
Knockin on wood for good luck
Coverin'  every base
I don't believe I believe in the good old wives
But I'm knockin' on wood
Just in case
 
	(angel of mercy
	 slip me a grin
	 little yellow pill	
	 kickin' right in
 	 mixin the potion
	 darkenin' the dawn
	 countin' me down
	 ten, nine eight...gone)
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
I'm on the edge.
I'm on the edge.
Yeah, I'm feelin' kinda  lovesick
I gotta get home to you.....

Let me tell you, now
You're my heart's desire
I've been hummin' that tune about a fever
Like Peggy Lee
My thermometer's 
Cruisin' higher and higher
I'm in a mixed up state
I gotta get straight
Instead of like a cat up a tree

I'm on the edge.
I'm on the edge.
Yeah, I'm feelin' kinda  lovesick
I gotta get home to you....

Well you know I've been
Travelin' much too long
I've been burnin' up the wires on the telephone
Day and night
Now I'm gonna sing                                                                                                                                            One more doggone song
Then I'm headed for the gate
I got a heavy date
I don't wanna miss my flight

I'm on the edge....
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
Through the door 
I see you walk
You are the talk
And I am not
You have the world
And all I’ve got 
Are green emotions
Our eyes connect
You give the nod
Retreat behind
The new facade
You glide away
You goose the god
Of green emotions
When you offer your hand
It feels too much like a charity stand
Pride wells up and I turn my head
Walls of a kind hammered up in the mind without any instruction
Walls of a kind, like a lockup, confined, it’s a subtle abduction
How in the hell did it ever get
How in the hell did it ever ever get this way

Through the ice
Your image blurs
You hold your cup
You’re so demure
You hold the stage
While I endure
These green emotions
Swallowing
I drain my glass
You’re sipping from
Your demitasse
I fight but I
Succumb at last
To green emotions
I don’t believe this mind
Something turning bitter like quinine
Pride wells up and I turn my head

Scenes of despair that are never really there popping up on my video
Scenes of defeat like a repetitious beat, like a hit on the radio
How in the hell did it ever get
How in the hell did it ever ever get
How in the hell did it ever ever get this way
All I’ve got
Are green emotions......

All I’ve got
Are green emotions......
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)
I always knew I loved you 
But I never knew how much
Until you went too far away
For me to hug and such

My eyes were cried wide open
When lonesome settled in
Now, when I  pass a mirror
I see old lonesome's twin

Yes I always knew I loved you
But not to what extent
My hollow heart has clued me in
And it's been a sad event

Remembering your passion
And your total tender touch
Yes I always knew I loved you
But I never knew how much
ROY FORBES HUMAN CONDITION MUSIC (SOCAN)

Reviews

The Ottawa Sun
"He’s the artist formerly known as Bim. He’s also just released a spectacular new album called Crazy Old Moon"


The Vancouver Echo (Jurgen Gothe)
"Another West Coast original for whom a genre hasn't been invented yet. He's always been his own music man and that's what continus to make him great. The vocals are distinctive, the guitar solid. Some of his new blues are brilliant and the title track is a winner. Fine program, great mix."


Country Music News
"Roy Forbes continues to be one of the most unique and most unheralded talents in Canadian music. On Crazy Old Moon, Roy Forbes delivers another collection of his original compositions, meandering through country, blues, folk and jazz fields - with his usual flair for melody and lyrical phrasing. Country listeners will be particularly attracted to the album’s title tune Crazy Old Moon, the country/blues effort Crazy ‘Bout Lovin’ Me and If I Were A Raven. The ‘hit’ country pick comes in a duet effort with Cindy Church in No One To Talk To But The Moon. Chalk this one up as an early contender for Vocal Collaboration honors. One of the more infectious songs on the album is the uptempo I’m On The Edge (previously included on the 1994 UHF II album). Similar energy is found in the jazz-peppered Knockin’ On Wood, while tunes like Powered By Love, Nothing Like Lonesome and I Always Knew I Loved You showcase Forbes’ more mellow side, a forte for the singer/songwriter."


The Vancouver Courier
"Shades of Hank Williams Sr., mid-period Dylan and even Texas tunesmiths like Townes Van Zandt and Butch Hancock are cast across the palette without forfeiting too much West Coast colour."


The Georgia Straight
"On the whole Crazy Old Moon is as serious as its sombre, blank and white cover photograph ... but its concerns are adult concerns, and its overall tone is thoughtful. What all the tracks have in common is their honesty - and, of course, that voice. Crazy Old Moon finds him still dreaming and still growing."


The Vancouver Sun
"Why he hasn’t made a mint in publishing rights from his songs is a mystery; country and pop performers should be clamouring to make certifiable hits from the tunes in his library."


The Vancouver Province
"Even in a nation graced with a disproportionate share of gifted singer-songwriters, the North Shore’s Roy Forbes stands out. Now, after more than 20 years at this game, Forbes is releasing his eighth solo album, Crazy Old Moon, and it may well be his best yet."


The Montreal Gazette
"Roy, don’t stay away so long next time."