This was written to the tune of Vixy (Michelle Dockrey) and Tony Fabris' crow song,THIRTEEN. Vixy and Tony are awesome, and trying to match them was starting to make me feel like our unmusical songbirds, the crows. If you want to find the original tune go to their website:
Counting Crows is based on a Reed College Paideia lecture last month on the downtown Portland urban crow roost counts by Gary Granger and Rebecca Provorse, who have a website with many pictures and information on their weekly census counts of almost 17,000 crows, as well as walking crow tours they offer:
Counting Crows © 2/5/2020 Cecilia A. Eng
TTTO “Thirteen” by Vixy (Michelle Dockrey) and Tony Fabris
- - - - Each winter, we walk in downtown Portland with notes and cameras and a sky of grey
- - - - Counting big black birds on night time trees when the crows can’t see to fly away
- - - - We count the brothers and count the sisters, we’ll tell you the total and we’ll tell you true
- - - - Circle fives and tens on collected pictures, in each roost there are so many of you!
D - Five and five and five and ten and three
C9 - Hundreds of crows in each leafless tree
G - This year there’s nearly seventeen thousand
Am - Have you counted all the rooftop roosts?
Dm F G - A thousand crows!
Dm F Em - Two thousand crows!
Dm F G - Four thousand crows!
Dm F Em Dm Eight thousand crows! Hey!
- - - - The number of crows is always growing, we’ll keep track of where they’ve been.
- - - - The Harris Hawks are for harassment, but the use of poison is a mortal sin.
- - - - In spring they’ll leave the roost for nesting, so just have patience and you will win.
- - - - In summer the family cares for fledgelings -- won’t return ‘til fall again. (CHORUS)
- - - - We can tell you all our stories, happy hour is when they play
- - - - At dark they’ll find a roost to sleep, before the dawn they’ll fly away.
- - - - We’ll show you on our weekly crow walk, how to count the crows you see.
- - - - We hope to have a crow parade - black feathers, masks and finery. (CHORUS)