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Inspired by the character Josiah in the "Strowlers" series pilot, the defining lyrics of this song come straight from the script. This mix and this tune are dedicated to the memory of "G. Val", actor G. Valmont Thomas.

Written in the spring of 2017, "Show Me" is a song for those of us who might sometimes see bits of our own world that others cannot, making the whole thing difficult to talk about, even with a friend. (And trust me, I'm not talking about 'alternative facts' here. Yuck. I'm taking about magic.)


Just because it isn't real
doesn't mean it isn't true
If someone said it wasn't real
They don't see the way you do

If I told you I believed you,
what stories would you tell?
Would you feel a little stronger?
Would you step out of your shell
or would you say it wasn't real
until I left you alone?

Once upon a time, did someone
try to take it away from you?
Did you fight for what was real to you?
I know that you do.
Well, once upon a time is now
and the story's come back for you
so show me what you can do.

If someone said it wasn't true
doesn't mean it isn't real
You know it behind your eyes
and in all that you feel

If I tell you I believe you,
what stories would you share?
Would you feel a little stronger?
Would you say that you don't care,
or tell me, "no, no, no, no no!
Please leave me alone!"

Well, we've all got a different
right and wrong
So we break a little law
or we sing a different song
Who says what's real, what's right,
and what is true?

Once upon a time, you
lived by the rhyme of
the things you knew
So why don't you show me
what you can do.
Come on and show me
what you can do!


from Burn Me Out (Songs from the World of Strowlers), released February 16, 2018
Guitars, vocals, bass, fujara, percussion, programming, mix, music, and lyrics by S. J. Tucker
Special thanks to Ben & the Strowlers cast and crew for inspiring the heck out of me.


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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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