“Who do you belong to, little girl?
Why do you wander in the deep, dark wood?”
It’s not an easy answer, I’m afraid.
She fits your little story, but she’s up to no good.
“Girl into Devil” by S. J. Tucker, a song inspired by Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless and the Russian folktales the book was based on.
Lyrics available here.
It’s the wonders that I’m after,
even if I have to bleed,
and make very rash decisions
for the sake of what I need.
Dancing kisses on my cheek,
it’s the wonders that I seek,
and I swear I am not afraid.
“Wonders” by S. J. Tucker, which she dedicates to “all of us who dare to go on quests that we can’t see the end of.”
Lyrics available on Bandcamp.
Tonight’s the night of Halloween,
and the fairy court will ride;
And she that would her true love win
at Miles Cross must bide.
Happy Halloween (or Hallowe’en, depending on your spelling preference)!
In celebration, have some filkers performing everyone’s favorite traditional ballad about getting knocked up by a weird guy in the woods and having to go rescue him on Halloween before the Faerie can sacrifice him to the Devil 🙂
This version of Tam Lin is performed by Tricky Pixie, aka S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney. Lyrics are available on bandcamp.
“Paper Moon” by Seanan McGuire, performed here by Seanan, S.J. Tucker, Vixy & Tony, and Betsy Tinney.
As Seanan explains before performing, “In a dimension very much like our own, Firefly is still on the air and they’ve made spin offs. And I keep writing theme songs for those spin offs.”
Lyrics are available on Seanan’s website.
METRO into Washington
Gonna rock the national phallus down
Drumming at the White House in the rain
And we won’t let up until they let us in
Me and the mandolin holy man
“Mandolin Holy Man,” a protest song by S.J. Tucker. Not about the most recent march, but in the same vein.
Lyrics and chords available here
We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
walking one by one.
In the dark of Samhain, a riddle burning bright,
and candles waving down.
Missed Samhain by a couple days, but honestly when has that ever stopped anyone from doing anything. “Come To The Labyrinth,” by S.J. Tucker, lyrics and chords available here.
I am a daughter of the glade,
and I will make no man a wife!
By Hoof and Horn I came to be;
in Song and Storm I came to life!
Leave off thy chase! Thy prize is here!
and she will love you without fear!
“Daughter of the Glade,” by S.J. Tucker, a sequel to Heather Alexander’s “Creature of the Wood,” performed by Tricky Pixie (S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney)
I Am A Creature Of The Wood,
Forsaken In My Solitude
My Song Is Pleasure And Is Pain,
My Song Can Drive A Man Insane
So Come With Me, My Pipes I’ll Play,
And We Will Dance ‘Till Break Of Day
I Shall Be Thy Lover
“Creature of the Wood,” performed by Tricky Pixie (S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney), lyrics by Philip R. Obermarck and music by Heather Alexander
Deconstructed fairy tales are good, but what I really like is this ominous reminder:
I never meant to hide behind a clock no longer chiming
Fairyland will have its due, regardless of the timing
“Not the Villain,” by S. J. Tucker, based on Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels
When the tithe came callin’, where were you?
When the tithe comes callin’, there is nothing you can do.
Haul away, haul away, haul away
Do I really know what’s going on in this song? No, because I haven’t read Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland novels, which are what this album is based on. Do I mind? No, because a creepy sea shanty is still a creepy sea shanty!
“Glashtyn Shanty,” by S. J. Tucker
Call the storm on thunder’s wings
Falling stone and broken things
Black swan tore the temple down
Black swan tore the temple down
What’s it about? No idea! Fairy tales, probably. “Black Swan Blues,” by S.J. Tucker
When we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?
We swear by the dust we shall soon find out!
“The Kingdom of Mice, a war song,” by S.J. Tucker
It seems like a goofy little song, but…it’s not. It’s terrifying.
Lyrics and chords available here.
“Love changes us all, makes us broken, makes us brave, makes us deny ourselves and our very breath, makes us refuse to listen when our hearts tell us that the time has come to move on, to break the surface. “Neptune” is the story of what can happen after you’ve drowned yourself willingly in someone else’s hopes and dreams, and you find that saltwater and shadows no longer sustain you. “Neptune” is the story of what can happen when you’ve lived in sin with a god for long enough that the respective piles of dirty laundry and broken promises have started to really get on your nerves.“ – from S.J. Tucker’s Bandcamp
“Neptune, by S.J. Tucker
We don’t often get fancy-ass music videos round these parts.
Seventh sons and golden ball daughters
Can take their own lives to hand
I have been to the city of Marrow
And I have come out again.
Fear not the wind of wasting
Its howling is not for you
It’s only an echo now within
The hearts of those just passing through
Couldn’t tell you what it’s about, exactly, but I like it. “City of Marrow,” by S.J. Tucker. Lyrics and chords available here.