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Darker State of Grace

from Tangles by S. J. Tucker

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Hope everyone enjoys the overtly pagan themes. Jeff Buckley's 'Mojo Pin' heavily influenced the guitar lines here. I had just begun to find alternate tunings when this was written: both E strings are dropped down a whole-step for a nice, full, dark world of D-chords and new notes on old frets. Inspired by love, winter, and second-hand smoke.


I am your dying sickle moon
I am your circle dance
Halloween in the midnight blue
has left for you a sliver of a chance
to love a wet-lipped, well-lit spectacle
in silk and tattered lace
hold me in your arms;
transcend a darker state of grace

Let me under your wing, smoker angel;
I'll be good.
Let me hear your heartbeat, smoker angel
if you would that I would
fly with you
let me die with you
if this isn't to be pursued
what in heaven's name will i do?
won't I die from lack of you?

I am your fading afternoon
Your raven on the wing
leave behind your twisted halo, boy,
just to come and hear me sing
Stop that flying 'round and come to me
have done with this merry chase!
What high time 'twould be to kiss
the shadows from your face.

Let me under your wing, Smoker Angel;
I am cold.
I'm not flying off now, Smoker Angel
If my heart's too bold,
then you'll forgive me here
I'll keep you warm and near
If your destiny's unclear, go find it
I can wait here
without fear for you.


from Tangles, released July 4, 2005


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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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