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UPDATE: This song has been re-mastered and released on S.J. Tucker's new album: Mischief
Written to accompany the moment in Chapter One of the online novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, when the protagonist discovers the complicated way to get from Omaha to Fairyland, "September's Rhyme" was described by author Catherynne M. Valente as "the devil's carousel music." Discover September and read of her travels and discoveries at the following link:


green and black
yellow, red
rub your belly, pat your head
corners, edges
middle part
close one eye before you start
nine times backwards
sideways 'round
opens doors you've never found
key flies in without a sound,
key flies in without a sound
leopard whiskers
colored coat
let the lie escape your throat
circus dances open roads
seal the spell: there must be blood
fly through kisses
don't be rude
to latitude or longitude
solve the puzzle
turn the key
bleed a bit and then fly free

hold your courage, pumpkin dear.

one shoe off

the way is clear


from Walk the Wire: literal internet singles, track released October 1, 2009
Words, music and this recording Copyright S. J. Tucker 2009; all rights reserved.
All vocals by S. J. Tucker
Tracked and mixed by Tony Fabris at 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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