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I wrote this song during the latter half of 2019. This week (Sept 1, 2021) I decided it was time to polish it up for release. A recent live performance of this that I filmed for my YouTube channel less than a week ago resonated with a whole lot of people, lots of you telling me that this was just what you needed to hear.

Please choose your own price to download this song, and if you need it for free, come on and get it. If at all possible, I'll donate as big a portion as I can of the release-day download sales of this track to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and to the Lilith Fund of TX, plus other grassroots reproductive rights organizations there.

My thanks to Bandcamp for giving me the platform I need to get this out to y'all so quickly as a single, now that it's ready to fly. Thanks for your ears, your support, and for believing in me. Please stay safe and well until we can see each other face to face. We are built to outlast. May it be so. --S. J.


We are built for endurance.
That's how the die was cast.
We will see better days than these.
We are built to outlast.
Let us leave our children a world
made of miracles and chance.
These are the times we were made for.
We are built to outlast,

Let us be herons out hunting
who float when the rivers rise.
Let us take care of each other.
Let us be calm and wise.
We are makers of magic,
so let the spell be cast:
these are the times we were made for,
and we are built to outlast,
outlast, oh!

We will see better days than these;
so let the die be cast.
We were built for endurance.
We are built to outlast.
We are makers of magic,
so let our spells be cast!
These are the times we were made for,
and we are built to outlast.


released September 3, 2021
Words, music, cover image, guitars, vocals, bass, and percussion by S. J. Tucker. Mastered by Ben Deschamps, Amphis Music. Special thanks to Laura Tempest Zakroff for coining the affirmation that kicked off the writing of this piece: these are the times we were made for.


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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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