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Girl with the Lion's Tail (Lucia)

from Mischief by S. J. Tucker

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Lucia's song is about telling the truth, about finding strength, even when you're backed into a corner, faced with something ugly you thought you'd put behind you.

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Don't look for home in me between the lines of this,
our fairytale
Man cannot follow the monsters.
It's simple for you love but never for me.
Nothing can be as it once was.

Call me a beast as you've always done,
but one which can no longer love you.
Look for me not, lover, I am long gone,
How can you hope to follow?

You're meant to crawl
upon your knees
not steal my soul
or talk to me
nor beg me to come home with you
the last thing i would ever do.
I am the place where air meets ice
escaping from your paradise
the girl with the lion's tail!

I don't want to be the girl you tame
an oddity locked away somewhere safe.
I don't want to be the girl you tame
your one-heart menagerie, lonely.

Give me back the girl I was, the beast I used to be
shedding the skin of this creature.
You were never cage enough to keep the light inside
deny me the sky and I'm running.

A lion must keep something back for her own
if she's been let to live.
I'd sooner run than waste away at home
You already have all that I had to...

Give me back my broken heart,
the dress I wore in Ostia,
everything you took away
and soul-self replaced;
take away your holiness
your pleading and your crying eyes
and bring me back the girl I was,

Go cry your Ave Maria my love
cry me a river to hell
hell or home it's all much the same
your script, your saint, your cell.

I don't want to be the girl you tame
an oddity, locked away somewhere safe
I don't want to be the girl you tame
your one-heart menagerie, lonely
(Ave Maria, gratia plena)
your one-heart menagerie

Ave Maria, gratia plena, dona nobis pacem, amen
(If you don't feed what you have tamed
how can you ask it to love you?)
(Give me this!)
(I don't wanna be the girl you tame,
your one-heart menagerie, lonely)
Your one-heart menagerie...


from Mischief, released July 16, 2010
Words & music by S. J. Tucker
Guitars, vocals, percussion: S. J. Tucker
Cello: Betsy Tinney
Shaker: Michelle Dockrey
Tracked & mixed by Tony Fabris, Monkey Brains Studios Seattle


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“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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