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Cold Sunshine

from Sirens by S. J. Tucker

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"Cold Sunshine" has a dual nature that no one would ever know about if I didn't describe it here. It is both a beautiful song about driving through Wyoming and a kiss-off to someone who advised me to write simpler songs that everyone could relate to. Complicating the matter is the fact that I was learning to drive a stick shift in the snow when this song was written. Still, I am very proud of it, and I'm flattered that many people confess being brought to tears by it--and this was largely before Betsy had added her beautiful cello part!


under blue and silver sky, far from the sea
snow-laden breezes, wild and free
come to do-si-do my love and me
in the land of the cold sunshine
where the highway runs, a scar, right through the snow
every turn a vista or a glittering plateau
we take the high road
through the land of the cold sunshine

winter clouds shield the trail a while
from the heat beating down in each chilly mile
breathe the freezing crystal air, watch my baby crack a smile
in the land of the cold sunshine
snowfall: the drifters are dancing
the wind farms are waving the winter in
the buffalo roam through a song again
in the land of the cold sunshine

wizard hat peaks all mark our way
gunmetal sky at the end of the day
build ourselves a fire and watch the stars wheel away
in the land of the cold sunshine
velvet sunset mountain light
we follow you west into the night
where a lullabye must be just right
in the land of the cold sunshine

world of wonder, world of white
the land of the cold sunshine


from Sirens, released October 31, 2006


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S. J. Tucker Perry, Arkansas

“Without our songs and stories, we are nothing.” S. J. Tucker has been captain of her own music career since 2004, when she left the workaday world behind to sing songs and change lives. Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to us, she is songs and stories, community and wit. ... more


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