For the Girl in the Garden

by S. J. Tucker

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It's clear as tattoos on your eyes: a story not heard in the bright palace light can only be told as a secret of night. The girl in the garden and I From a Knife to a Lantern and back, back again, she closes her eyes and weaves wonders. They hang in the air, hold my breath like a hunter. The girl in the garden and I The stars in their courses will run and bring their hearts earthward to hear her. The boughs of the fruit trees bend nearer to the girl in the garden... The fear holds us both in its hand. With every tale on my ear, it comes nearer the shore. We both dread the day when the words fall away... and a demon will judge her. Then I fear that my dear will be gone. Shed a tear for the girl in the garden, for all of her years in the garden, the girl in the garden and I.
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There is no black and white to beauty The green sneaks in as often as you look The blue is in the ocean The gold is in my eyes locked in a gaze did you notice you were on my hook? I wonder not, for here we are. Little vipers sing the Snake Star Song in hisses and kisses. Double check what you're messing with my prince. Keep away or I will burn your evil army down This night is mine, and you are not allowed Open my door, do not complain at the coils of your rude awakening! Wonder not! Here we are. Little vipers sing the Snake Star Song in hisses and kisses. Don't think you know everything my king. Come into my temple and you shall not leave unchanged Don't underestimate a goddess when her heart is in your fangs Don't underestimate the serpent when your heart is in her fangs! No, no! I have warned my beloveds of my death to come I have seen your face, and I know you It isn't your tale and your power t'will spread but the story of how I destroy you! There is no black and white to beauty! There is no black and white, there is green and blue and gold and starlight! Oh, Here we are little vipers sing the snake star song in hisses and kisses don't think you know everything, my king!
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O Sing of the ship with the mast of leaves and the maiden who stood at her wheel long ago it is said she was drowned until dead and her red ship was split at the keel But she never went under, the old mothers know she'll sail the blue another day an Orphan will find her, a Bear Cub will bind her, and the Wolf shall lead them astray And hand in hand they'll come whistling home the Maiden, the Bear, and the Girl in Gray through the shining white foam the red ship will roam and the Wolf shall lead them astray and the Wolf shall lead her astray
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Eshkol, I'm tired he said Eshkol, I'm leaving you now I could rail to the sky that my life is unfair but a child of the Yew Clan must never despair a sea-faring Satyr must never despair The selkie was mine as I grew from a maid for seven sweet years we loved unafraid but all sweet things end, no matter how well they are made I treasured his sweetness as he treasured me and now I have naught but a life on the sea A forest girl takes to a life on the sea? Eshkol, I'm tired he said Eshkol, I'm leaving you now I railed to the trees that my life was unfair but a child of the Yew Clan must never despair a seafaring satyr must never despair! I've taken his skin and I've given it back His body is gone but his lesson will stay I took a chance on his leaving dance now I leave with every wave I am leaving on every sweet ocean wave So yes, a satyr will take to the sea I'll treasure my story as he treasured me with a fox girl for Captain I'll take to the sea! Eshkol, I'm tired, he said. Eshkol, I'm leaving you now I railed to the trees that my life was unfair but I'm blessed by the sun and the salt in my hair A seafaring satyr must never despair I treasured his body I treasured his skin He taught me of leaving, and so I begin Now I've the power of leaving and I'm leaving on every wave Stride from the ashes, I will, Stride to the docks, head held high Rejoice in the scent of the sea on the air for a seafaring satyr must never despair A seafaring satyr must never despair! Now I've the power of leaving and I'm leaving on every wave
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Sing for the Maidenhead, Lass of the Sea Haven to Monsters and women made free! It's up Captain Tommy and up with the crew there's nothing a shipful of women won't do! Sing for the fox girl the bold and the wild come fearsome sea captain from stolen fox child Tommy is crafty and Tommy is hale Fox boys are scarce, or we'd never set sail! Hop to when she calls with the flick of her tail! O Sing for the Maidenhead, Lass of the Sea, Haven to monsters and women made free! fair wind and fair weather and a captain who's clever we'll sail on forever and rob the world through Sing for the Satyr fair Eshkol below Sweet is her laughter as rum from our hold A turn of her hoof and a wink of her eye we've an army of selkies who follow behind! If Selkie lads visit, that suits us just fine! sing for the Maidenhead lass of the sea beloved of monsters and women made free! It's up captain Tommy and up with the crew there's nothing a shipful of monsters won't do! Sing for the princess sweet Magadin fair bespotted, bestriped, with wings in her hair You never did see such a comely young thing though she walks out of nightmare and not out of dream Warped by a wizard, now sailing the seas with saints, goats, and genies and more such as these! Come braggarts and cutthroats in stinking ship's hold, she'll fight you alone and make off with your gold! O Sing for the Maidenhead, Lass of the Sea, Haven to monsters and women made free! fair wind and fair weather and a ship that is clever we'll sail on forever and rob the world through Sing for the barge girl the wise and the brave no better lass when there're griffins to save We'll call upon Sigrid when her time has come Take the wheel after Tommy and the story goes on! When you sail with our Sigrid you're never alone! So bring on the maelstrom and bring on the rum we're sisters and shipmates whatever may come! O Sing for the Maidenhead, Lass of the Sea, Haven to monsters and women made free! it's up Captain Sigrid and up with the crew there's nothing a shipful of women won't do Sing for the Maidenhead lass of the sea beloved of monsters and women made free! fair wind and fair weather and a ship that is clever we'll sail on forever and rob the world through!
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about

S.J. Tucker has criss-crossed the nation in the past few years, leaving a trail of fire and passion--and devoted followers--wherever she goes. She has graciously turned her golden voice and vision to The Orphan's Tales--producing an extraordinary album of songs inspired by the book, interspersed with her own remarkable readings from the Tales. This is a unique artifact and a limited pressing--don't miss the intersection of these two young vagabond talents. You can read all about the book here: www.orphanstales.com

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released October 31, 2006

-tracks 1,3,6,9, and 11 songs and recording copyright S.J. Tucker 2006
-tracks 2,4,5,7,8, and 10 passages from The Orphan's Tales: In The Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
Guitars, vocals, programming, narration, and mixing by S.J. Tucker
Track 3 mixed by Da'nelle Martin, Tekneek's Hidden Studios, Denver CO
Track 9 mixed by Jay Kenney, Audiologic Inc, Seattle WA
Tracks 2,4,5,7,8,10, and 11 mixed by Ginger Doss, Eagle Audio, Austin TX
Guest pirates: Melissa Mullins, Ginger Doss, Bekah Kelso, and Lynda Millard

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