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Heart Beat

from Haphazard by S. J. Tucker

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Strap in; we've got ourselves a mini-symphony here.
This song is a collection of warring opposites. The lyrics arose from a beautiful experience I had that unfortunately also gave me some spiritual conflict. Hence the shapeshift and the war between the first and second parts of the song. In the end, all was well; in the end we return to the main guitar line of the quiet parts. The Winter and Summer Courts calm down. The mortal spirit caught inbetween gets some time to think, instead of panicking and running away from both sides.
Remember to give yourself time, in all things. Especially your faith.
Special thanks to Dreamtrybe and the attendees and staff of Heartland '03 for inspiring a great deal of this song. A worthy debt.

Written 6/17/03 revised 6/29/03


Come and listen in the twilight time, speak in incantory waves
Bring your drum down to the fire
and watch the surface change.
Boundary illusions all shatter at your will
come midnight when the gates roll back
and the family goes still.

Ah, here we are in the midst of spirits dancing
Join the trybe in a waking dream.
Let your song continue and the imbas quell your fear
we flow with baited breath; round about the spiral go
when the Bards, my love, have spoken, you will know.

Spend the night, gold-throated changeling,
hard-headed angel
tonight we dance in open air
let the spiral take you. We'll be with you when you dare.
bring your heart for drumming
then journey on; handle with care.

See the magic embers fly
Listen in the twilight time

Ah, here we are in the midst of spirits dancing
Join the trybe in a waking dream.
Know your song continues; let its imbas quell your fear
unleashed about the spiral go
and when the questing bard inside you speaks
you will know.

I keep shifting into Dragon at the most improper times
I keep hearing rushing water from another room.
There's a tingling all along my bones; I'm soaring in my mind,
fearing more my capture than my doom.

I am waiting for more lightning but would prefer just not to wait
let me ride a tradewind to it and come down some other day
I cannot stay.

Something missing here; parking lot full moon prayer
cut the circle down.
Make your own way.
Lightning will strike for you as many times as it has to.
Follow your own light.


from Haphazard, released March 27, 2004


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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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