S.J. Tucker

Solace and Sorrow CD songs

 

 

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Overture: Sorrow's Song (Child of Dying Stars)

By S.J. Tucker

Capo i

 

Chorus:

G                  A                  Fma7

tell me a tale so beautiful that the stars will strain to hear
      G            A                  Fma7

the stories to be told, my child, are not for you to fear
 G                 A        Fma7

sing me a city of cinnamon; sing me a manticore's song
G                A                  Fma7

I will give you beads of amber and feathers all of gold

 

    Am                                   Fma7
1. Sorrow is a child of dying stars with no one to tell her her name

Am                                    Fma7
red in her cloak as a winter sun she wanders, not entirely tame

Am                                      Fma7
are ye a child of stars dead and dying brought here from afar
       Am                              Fma7

with whorls of fate upon your eyes and Sorrow in your heart?

(Chorus)

 

2. Oh, as red in her cloak as a winter sun                                         
our daughter of dying stars
whorls of fate upon her eyes
and Sorrow in her heart                                                                     
Sorrow, my heart!
sorrow is a child of dying stars
with no one to tell her her name
red in her cloak as a winter sun she wanders

 

(Half Chorus):
Sing me a tale so beautiful that the stars will strain to hear 
the stories to be told my love are not for you to fear

3. Does it not seem strange to ask, to talk by first light instead of last
the stars keep watch, the living dead and dying
You are dear as diamonds now to folk you've never known
the tale you fear to end is just beginning

hand in hand with Solace with a firebird at her back
a djinn and a grandmother at her sides
a sister's cloak of feathers wrapped around her here at last
her mother walks the lonely shore and cries

(Chorus 2):

Tell me a tale so beautiful that the stars will strain to hear
The song you fear to end is just beginning
so sing me a city of wishes and fire
sing me a traveling song
I will give you worlds of wonder
and a feather cloak to keep you warm! 

4. Sorrow is a child of dying stars
with no one to tell her her name
red in her cloak as a winter sun
she wanders

 

 

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“The City of Marrow”

By S.J. Tucker

 

Intro: ||: Am  G  D/F#  F :||

            Oo....

   Am            G       D/F#

1. you'd never know that Marrow was

    F              G           C    E7
a glowing place, beautiful, before

Am              G   D/F#    
her tarnished heart lost its way

    F       D/F#    G  
so long, so long

 

Am            G          D/F#
gone are the colors, the apples and gems

 F          G              C    E7
each hunger answered with more

 Am          G          D/F#
above and below she has rotted away

    F    G     Am   G   Am
so long,   so long

G           E+

     The great market calls

F         Am  
from canopied stalls

F            G            C    E7
but a ghost town is all you will find

      G                 E+

     purses large and small

      F              Am
     gold coins changing palms

          F          G            Esu4  E
     gone paper and ruin and lost time

 


 
   Am      G        D/F#

2. Seventh sons and golden ball daughters
 F              G         C   E7

take their own lives to hand
        Am          G      D/F#

I have been to the city of Marrow
    F            G    Am   G  D/F#  F  

and I have come out again............

 

Am   G  D/F#  F  
La,  la, ti, dah...

 

Am         G           D/F#    F  

Beauty is lost in translation

    Am       G        D/F#   F  
no savoring what is devoured

   Am         G        D/F#      F  
I look at my lover and only see bones

Am    G    D/F#  
our glory gone

 

      F             G      C      (E7)

CH:  Fear not the wind of wasting
          F          G       C    E7

its howling is not for you
          F       G    D/F#

     It's only an echo now within
          F               G             Esu4  E7

the hearts of those just passing through

     F               G       G#     Am  G  D/F#  F  

the hearts of those just passing through

Am   G  D/F#  F  

     La,  la, ti, dah...

 

    Am        G           D/F#    F  
3. Beauty is lost in translation
    Am       G        D/F#   F  

no savoring what is devoured

 

      Am        G       D/F#   F  

[We become what we have eaten

   Am         G        D/F#      F  

I look at my lover and only see bones]

 

Am              G          D/F#     F  

   no one looks under the skin anymore
        Am        G   D/F#   F  

there's only the wind now
        Am        G   D/F#   F  

there's only the wind now...

 

Am  G  D/F#  F
Ah...   oo...


Am              G        D/F#                 

  when seventh sons and golden ball daughters
F                 G        C    E7

  take their own lives to hand

Am           G       D/F#
fear not the city of Marrow
     F             G     C    E7

for you will come out again
        Am          G      D/F#
I have been to the city of Marrow
    F            G    Am

and I have come out again


 

(Ch 2X)

 

        Am          G      D/F#

I have been to the city of Marrow
    F            G    Am   G  D/F#  F  

and I have come out again............
    F            G    Am   G  D/F#  F  

and I have come out again............

 

Am   G  D/F#  F 

 

 

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The Gaselli

Words by Catherynne M. Valente

Music by SJ Tucker

 

 C                     F         C

Sing, O Sing, of the graceful Gaselli

 C                          F

Nimble and fleet are their boot black feet

      G               G7       C

And sweet are their whistling songs.

     C                        F

No shepherd no steadfast than we

    D7                      G7

No firefly so quick on the wing

    C                    F             

No melodies lighter, no lyrics brighter

      C          G            

than ours! than ours!

G       G7                      C

on the sheep spotted fields of home.

 

 

 

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Taglio!

By SJ Tucker

Capo ii

Rhythm: x // x / x // x /

 

    Am                     G               Em

1. Lithe limbed boys with secrets in your eyes
          F                 G         Am

come and dance where you'll be understood
 Am                       G      Em

dancing maid, leave your golden ball
    F             G           Am

forgotten in the dark of the wood!
 E7       C        D       Am

moon and moor and fire and fen
    C           D          Esu4  E7          

we hunt in the night for a song
 Am           G/B              C         D

black hooves flashing as the flames fly high
          F       G           Am

you will know us well by the dawn.
        F            G          Am

if you dare try the tune sing along!
 


      F    G          Am  C   D

CH:  wiry gypsy boy, take my hand

            F      G         Am
     and you'll not be found come morning

 F         G          Am  C  D
     sham to splendor and back a-gain

           F           G         Am
     where the boot black hooves are shining

  E        C              G       Am
     Once and again round the leaping fire

           C      D        Esu4      E7
     there's a secret some folk know: (oh oh!)

Am          G/B         C        D
offer sweet mutton and not your hand(arm)—

        F                G           Am
     better hope that you're dancing with Taglio!

        F          G       Am
     Better pray the Gaselli is Taglio
 


2. Do we kiss like poets imagine they do
twixt the arms of the dusk and the dawn
by the green you shall know us
and the boot-black hooves
whirling round with your heart in pavane
we are drawn to your leaping fire
and you feast your mind on our song
bright eyes flash in the leaping light
e'er the rising of the sun we are gone
one or two of your number come along

(CH)

3. Last night, Alec drummed like a demon fell
with the light, he is nowhere to be found
the lady in green who caught our Alec's eye
must've whisked him away without a sound!
where young Bess danced like a fairy faun
not a trace, and you fear she is dead
bold Gaselli wear the green just so
and we'll dance you right out of your head!
and leave behind not a sole drop of red.
  E7          C        D          Am

Bringers of grace and tenders of fire,
    C            D           Esu4 E

we dance to the beat of your drum
 Am          G/B       C          D

fret ye not about the boot-black hooves

        F              G            Am      E7      Am

In the corner of your eye, nay, it must've been the rum!
         F            G           Am    E7        Am

just as well not to think of the feast that's to come
        F        G          Am

saving poor Taglio, with a hunger we come!

(CH)

 

Tag:

             F             G       Am
     Better hope that his name is Taglio!

     Am  G  Am     G  Am     G  Am

     Ta-gli-o! Ta-gli-o! Ta-gli-o!

 

 

 

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Manticore's Lullabye

By S.J. Tucker

 

Capo v    G=32003X   C2=x3203x

 

Intro: G  G/F#  C2  G/F#

 

    G        G/F#     C2      G 

1. May your dreams be all of sun

     Em7    D/F#      G
and heated sand, and sky
G/E       G/F#    C2        G

when you wake may all your singing
G/F#        G       C2

help your heart to fly


        G/E       G/F#        C2     G

May you never be closed in an amber cage
        Em7    D        C2

with an amber lock and key
        G/E      G/F#    C2        G

may you roar and sing beneath the sun
         G/F#        G     C2     Em

and the shade of the Upas tree

 

    G        G/F#  C2         G 

2. Bear your tiny teeth, my child

    Em7      D/F#     C2
the sun will fall in love with you

     G/E      G/F#    C2       G

and teach you how to sing and roar
     G/F#      G        C2     Em

and sting and kill, as fathers do.

 

 G         G/F#     C2       G

turn your prayer to sky and sand
   Em7      D        G

no matter where you fall
G/E     G/F#   C2      G

may the desert echoes teach you
G/F#       G      C2   

all their secret songs

 

 

   G/E      G/F#         G 

3. My amber cage had an amber lock
        Em7          D     C2

and the girl had an amber key
      G/E  G/F#      C2        G

and a manticore was bound and sore
       G/F#  G       C2

in the city  in the trees.

G        G/F#        C2     G

My amber cage had an amber lock
         Em7         D         C2

and the good girl a key of her own
G/E        G/F#         C2       G

she set me free with a shining smile
    G/F#          G        C2 

and far from all cages we roam

 

    G      G/F#   C2      G 

4. May the desert echoes hold you
Em7       D/F#   G

in  their ruddy paws
          G/E      G/F#     C2       G

may your prayer be heard by sky and sand
   G/F#     G        C2     (Em)

no matter where you fall

        G/E       G/F#        C2     G

may you never be closed in an amber cage
        Em7    D       C2

with an amber lock and key
         G/E     G/F#    C2        G

may you roar and sing beneath the sun
         G/F#        G     C2     Em

and the shade of the Upas tree

 

 

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Kashkash

By S.J. Tucker

Capo iii

 

Em

peeking through the embers

  B7           Em
stirring up a storm
 Em

kashkash is watching you

     B7               Em
and keeping you from harm


 

Ember Ash and Kindling
pretty kings and queens
counting out your wishes
lighting up your dreams

listen to your mother
when she takes you to town
for kashkash gobbles all
the naughty children down

Hearth, Tinder, Flint & Steel
pretty kings and queens
granting all your wishes
dancing in your dreams

never make a wish that will
make your mother frown
for kashkash gobbles all
the naughty children down

 

 

 

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The Kingdom of Mice (A War Song)

By S.J. Tucker

Capo iii

 

Em                          Em   D    Em

In the beginning there was dust dust dust

    Em                            Em   D    Em

but we will eat the yellow as we must must must

 Em                          Em    D    Em

when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?

    Em                         Em   D   Em

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

 

In the beginning there was dust dust dust

but we will eat the weaver as we must must must

when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

Dust was first, then yellow came along

viceroy Baldtail golden in the throng

long live Baldtail eaten in a trice

all for the glory of the kingdom of mice!

 

In the beginning there was dust dust dust

but we will eat the yellow as we must must must

when we eat the sun will it taste like mouse?

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

Yellow came first, then green came along

and purple met its end in the bellies of the throng

Blackwhisker and Dustbelly made their sacrifice,

all for the good of the kingdom of mice!

 

In the middle there is dust dust dust

but we will eat the green/purple as we must must must

when we eat the sea will it taste like mouse?

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

Yellow, green and purple, crimson to come!

we deserve better than the dust our home!

Manglepaw came and we ate him up dead,

there in the dust at the Feast of Red!

 

In the end there is dust dust dust

but we will eat the red as we must must must

when we eat the city will it taste like mouse?

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

dust dust dust!

 

down with the dust and the weaver's eyes!

down with the spider with her belly full of flies

we will take the brightest road

and taste of the world as we tasted gold

 

in the beginning there was dust dust dust

but we will eat the colors as we must must must

when we eat the world will it taste like mouse

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out

we swear by the dust

we swear by the dust

we swear by the dust

we swear by the dust we shall soon find out!

 

 

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