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Cheshire Kitten (We’re All Mad Here) – S.J. Tucker


We’re all mad here, and it’s okay

Mandolin Holy Man -S. J. Tucker

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

Come to the Labyrinth – S. J. Tucker

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.

Daughter of the Glade – Tricky Pixie (S. J. Tucker)

 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)

Creature of the Wood – Tricky Pixie

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

Not the Villain – S. J. Tucker

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


Glashtyn Shanty – S. J. Tucker

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

Black Swan Blues – 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

The Kingdom of Mice, a war song – 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.

Neptune – S. J. Tucker

“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.

City of Marrow – S. J. Tucker

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.

Manticore’s Lullaby – S. J. Tucker

My amber cage had an amber lock
and the girl had an amber key
and a manticore was bound and sold
in the city in the trees.

This is just so pretty.  “Manticore’s Lullaby,” by S. J. Tucker.  Chords and lyrics available here.

Ravens in the Library – S. J. Tucker

My friend bids me come and see
the ravens in the library
setting quiet pages free.

“Ravens in the Library,” by S. J. Tucker.  It’s just about what it says on the tin, but what it says on the tin is pretty neat.

Lyrics and chords available here

Cheshire Kitten (We’re all mad here) – S. J. Tucker

Sun up, sun down the shadows hide me down in
Wonderland, Wonderland, nobody knows the way,
but if you find it in your dreams, you can
find it at your dayjob
somewhere south of Hell

“Cheshire Kitten (We’re all mad here),” by S. J. Tucker

Lyrics and chords available here.

Follow Me Down – S. J. Tucker

S. J. Tucker, “Follow Me Down”

Lyrics available and song for purchase here

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