Counting Crows - Forward looking

Counting Crows explanation of their band name - Signs-of-life-poster-1989Pop rockers from San Francisco, California, started as an acoustic duo consisting of singer Adam Duritz and guitarist Dave Bryson and after a while so popular that the band could contribute a song to the film score of Shrek.

Although the set phrase actually is counting magpies, counting crows also refers to the old superstition that you can get a glimpse of the future by counting birds on a fence or in a tree.

One day that resulted in a rhyme that goes like this:

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told.

That same rhyme is also found in the Counting Crows song A Murder of One, from the album August and Everything After. The following stanza can be heard in it:

‘Well I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow / Casting shadows on the winter sky / As you stood there, counting crows'.

After these lines the rhyme is quoted, as you would expect.

People say Adam Duritz had a vision of the band name while watching the film Signs of Life (1989), directed by John David Coles.

Active: 1991-present, USA

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