A Murder of One

"A Murder of One" is a song by Counting Crows, released as the fourth single from their debut album, August And Everything After.[1]

"A Murder of One"
Single by Counting Crows
from the album August and Everything After
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Steve Bowman, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, Matt Malley
Producer(s)T-Bone Burnett
Counting Crows singles chronology
"Rain King"
"A Murder of One"
"Angels of the Silences"

Frontman Adam Duritz explained the song's meaning as follows:

"I can remember being eight years old and having infinite possibilities. But life ends up being so much less than we thought it would be when we were kids, with relationships that are so empty and stupid and brutal. If you don't find a way to break the chain and change in some way, then you wind up, as the rhyme goes: a murder of one, for sorrow."[2] Murder is a term used to refer to a group of crows. The band's name, Counting Crows, and a line from this song are both references to an English divination rhyme.[3]

The song was featured in a 2004 episode of Scrubs, entitled "My Porcelain God."[4]


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