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One of those that wakes a songwriter up out of a dead sleep, insisting to be born, and we're so glad it did! Shake your tail!
Dedicated with love to the Facebook Little Bird Contest participants, and to the memory of Reverend Stephen Jacob Bell


If I am a little bird next time I open up my eyes,
I'm gonna have to learn how to spread my wings and fly
and turn loose of all the things that try to keep me on the ground.
I got no time to be afraid, so you're not gonna catch me lookin' down.
I'm gonna shake my tail
and spread my wings.
I'm gonna catch that wind as it's rushing by.
I'm gonna raise my voice and sing!

If I am a little flame, or else a dancing thunderstorm,
I'm gonna have all kinds of ways to keep my little spirit warm.
I might scare somebody here and there so they wish me on my way.
That's how it goes when you're too much, or big and bad and here to stay.
I'm gonna shake my tail
and spread my wings.
I'm gonna catch that lightning for my very own!
I'm gonna raise my voice and sing!

Ooh, if what you're seeing doesn't feed you,
it isn't 'cause your appetite's gone wild,
more like what they're sellin' doesn't serve you.
Well, I double-dare you to do your own thing, child!

If you feel a little lost, and some days you just wanna scream,
chin up, little fish. I bet there's something good upstream.
Keep on swimmin' and chasin' after your big dreams!
I cannot tell a lie: I've seen that even fish can fly!
C'mon, shake your tail!
Spread your wings!
Catch that sweet current rushing by!
Raise your voice and sing!
Said shake your tail!
Spread your wings!
Catch that wind! Let it lift you high as you
raise your voice and sing!
C'mon, raise your voice and sing!


from Stolen Season (unmastered digital release), released January 9, 2015
Lyrics, music, guitars, vocals, beatbox, bass & programming by S. J. Tucker
Djembe & bouncy backing vocals by Clint McCune
Tracked & mixed by S. J. at The Pixie House
Djembe & Clint's vocal tracked by Clint & S. J. at Stealthcello HQ


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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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