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Hail to the Oak and Holly (2019 mix)

from Winter Wish 2019 digital EP by S. J. Tucker

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Written in December 2015, inspired by Damh the Bard and Cerri Lee's Colloquy of the Oak and Holly King:


Hail to the Oak and Holly Kings!
Solstice comes around again.
Winter's giving way to spring, as Samhain yields to snow.

Hail to the Oak and Holly Kings,
Annwn to Abred & back again!
To the brothers wild & strong we sing,
Hail to the Oak & Holly!

Holly feeds the winter birds and sets a fever right.
Winter makes us laud the spring
and mull the wine to mark the Longest Night.
Two brothers war unseen and each will come to yield in his turn.
Thus we thrive, as the foxes in the field.

In Oaken shelter, sun and shade, we live and work and play.
Summer labors fill our stores, and so we celebrate the Longest Day.
Two brothers bow and turn again, trading blows and marking time, all unseen, in truth and tale and rhyme.

Blessings on your house at Wintertide as on the other side our kindred watch the summer sun sweetly rise.
Blessings on your house at bright midsummer as on the other side our kindred gather close to bide the long winter's night


from Winter Wish 2019 digital EP, released December 25, 2019
All instruments, vocals, mix, words and music by S. J. Tucker


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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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