Star Maps

by S. J. Tucker

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Composed to the lyric prompt "an affirming flame" in 2017, "Star Maps" is a timely tune for this bizarre spring of 2020. How do we stay connected when the world has seemingly shut down? We look to the stars, we cherish our screens, and we think of our loved ones.

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Little points of light across a star map in my mind
an affirming flame so bright it's still right here before my eyes
Hearts that stay connected over weary miles and time
give more than enough for me

We're pretty good, the lot of us, at blazing all night long
even when we aren't feeling capable or strong
From far away, you make me smile as easy as a song
Maybe this is all I need

But on these lonely nights, I wonder,
am I in your map of stars as well?
Do you speak my name in happy stories,
the ones you always tell?
Am I that same affirming flame for you?
Can you spot me in your sky when you need to?
Can you see my firebird feathers shine through?
(Star light, star bright)

Now, star maps speak to sailors just the way you speak to me
It seems like every time we're face to face, there's more to see
Hearts that stay connected are as brave as they can be
but on these lonely days, I wonder, I wonder,

Am I that same affirming flame for you?
Can you spot me in your sky when you need to?
Can you see my firebird feathers shine through?
(Star light, star bright)
Here we are now, still shining
(Little points of light)
all of us just little points of light
(Star light, star bright)
trying to guide each other through the night
(guide each other through the night)
Keep shining, keep shining

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released May 1, 2020
All instruments, vocals, music, and lyrics by S. J. Tucker; recorded April 2020 at The Pixie House, Arkansas, while sheltering in place

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