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Solace & Sorrow

by SJ Tucker

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S.J. Tucker has joined forces with Catherynne M. Valente once again, weaving intriguing mythology with captivating music. Here you will find more magical readings and new music inspired by the second volume in The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice. This final piece of the epic saga belongs in your collection. You can read all about the book at www.orphanstales.com

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released 31 October 2007

-tracks 1,3,5,7,9, and 13: songs and recording S.J. Tucker © 2007.
-tracks 2,4,6,8,10 and 12: passages from The Orphan's Tales: In The Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente © 2007
-vocals, narration, guitars, bass, percussion and synths: S.J. Tucker
-shaker, synth consultation and guest decrepit mouse: Ginger Doss
-Additional guest mice and Gaselli: Bekah Kelso, K' Wiley
-Recorded and Mixed by Ginger Doss at Eagle Studio, Austin, TX except "Firebird's Child" Recorded and mixed by S.J. Tucker at Rolling Gypsy Minstrel LTD, USA.
-Printing and mastering by Audiographic Masterworks, Memphis, TN
-Photos and design by K' Wiley

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Track Name: Sorrow's Song (Child Of Dying Stars)
tell me a tale so beautiful that the stars will strain to hear
the stories to be told, my child, are not for you to fear
sing me a city of cinnamon; sing me a manticore's song
I will give you beads of amber and feathers all of gold

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, not entirely tame
are ye a child of stars dead and dying brought here from afar
with whorls of fate upon your eyes and Sorrow in your heart?

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
sing me a city of cinnamon sing me a manticore's song
i will give you beads of amber and a feather cloak of gold
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

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

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

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!

(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)
Track Name: City Of Marrow
you'd never know that Marrow was
a glowing place, beautiful, before
her tarnished heart lost its way
so long, so long
gone are the colors, the apples and gems
each hunger answered with more
above and below she has rotted away
so long, so long

the great market calls
from canopied stalls
but a ghost town is all you will find
purses great and small
gold coins changing palms
gone paper and ruin and lost time

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 withn
the hearts of those just passing through

(Beauty is lost in translation
no savoring what is devoured
All of us burned down to hunger
our glory gone)

Beauty is lost in translation
no savoring what is devoured
We become what we have eaten
I look at my lover and only see bones
no one looks under the skin anymore
there's only the wind now
there's only the wind now...

Fear not the wind of wasting
its cries are not for you
They're only echoes now within
the hearts of those
just passing through

when seventh sons and golden ball daughters
take their own lives to hand
fear not the city of Marrow
for you will come out again

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
Only an echo now within
the hearts of those just passing through
the hearts of those long ago passed through
Track Name: Manticore's Lullabye
May your dreams be all of sun
and heated sand, and sky
when you wake may all your singing
help your heart to fly

May you never be closed in an amber cage
with an amber lock and key
may you roar and sing beneath the sun
and the shade of the Upas tree

bear your tiny teeth, my child
the sun will fall in love with you
and teach you how to sting and roar
and sing and kill, as fathers do.

turn your prayer to sky and sand
nomatter where you fall
may the desert echoes teach you
all their secret songs

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

My amber cage had an amber lock
and the good girl a key of her own
she set me free with a shining smile
and far from all cages we roam

may the desert echoes hold you
in their ruddy paws
may your prayer be heard by sky and sand
nomatter where you fall

may you never be closed in an amber cage
with an amber lock and key
may you roar and sing beneath the sun
and the shade of the Upas tree
Track Name: Kashkash, a nursery rhyme
peeking through the embers
stirring up a storm
kashkash is watching you
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
Track Name: The Kingdom of Mice, a war song
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!

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!

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
Track Name: Firebird's Child
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
And like the flame, I am wild wild wild wild WILD!
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard

Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild!
Join in the dance and make it wild!
To see a maiden dance around a fire is not so strange
but fire dances round the limbs of this uncommon maid!
Be brave enough to burn and you'll be brave enough to fly!
Join your sister Solace as she lights the morning sky!

I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard
Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild wild Wild
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
And like the flame, I am wild wild wild wild WILD!

Wonders of the water air and earth are all the same
you'll never know a wonder like the wonders of the flame!
Freely fly as what you are and never walk in shame!
You must not fear to blister if you'd live a life in flame!
I am girl and firebird and solace is my name!

I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard
Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild!
Join in the dance and make it wild!

If you're brave enough to dance then you are brave enough to fly!
Forget what's right and proper! You won't know until you try!
If you're brave enough to fly, then you are brave enough to burn!
Take my hand and join me in the Carnival of Dawn!

I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard
Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild!
Join in the dance and make it wild!

Sister will you follow me?
Sister will you follow me?
Sister will you dance with me?
Sister sorrow walk with me!
Sister will you follow me? Sister will you dance with me?
Sister sorrow walk with me! Sister will you follow me?
Sister will you burn with me? Sister will you follow me?
Sister sorrow dance with me!
Like a flame you must be wild/I am a firebird!
Like a flame you must be wild/I am a firebird!
Like a flame you must be wild/I am a firebird!
Like a flame you must be wild

I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard
Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild!
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird's child! (I am the firebird's child!)
I am the firebird! I am his daughter!
I am the firebird and Solace is my name