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We Are Shangri​-​La (Emerald City Mix)

from Ember Days Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital release) by S. J. Tucker

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Originally inspired by adventures at Burning Man, the final incarnation of "We Are Shangri-La" lends splendor to a gathering of satyrs for Ember Days. Fires are lit; ales are shared; songs are sung. A goddess watches and wanders among the revelers as if in a dream.


We raise and raze our city like the strangest house of cards, a
ghost-breath mist of snow;
A ghost-breath mist of snow where no snow falls,
For we are Atlantis, and the town of Prester John.
Three weeks apart from never, we dance and do not fall.
We are Shangri-La.

History has dreamed of us. History has dreamed of this.
Those who know the way, many times return.
History has dreamed of us,
building up our city just to watch it burn.
We are Shangri-La.

We carry Goddess-dust upon our skin,
wherever we go, rising with bright feathers
in the Desert.
Blessed by the wind,
we dance, we thrive, we shimmer in the never-was.
We are Shangri-La.
Burn it down.

Relieving saddened sleep and fitful visions, we return.
We raise our city high, we watch our city burn.
We raise our city high to watch it burn.
Burn it down.
We are the mirage for those who dare to come and see.
The burning in our blood will set us free.
We are free.
We are Shangri-La.
We are Shangri-La.


from Ember Days Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital release), released March 5, 2013
Vocals, programming, mixing & production by S. J. Tucker
Additional guitar by Tony Fabris
Photo by Aaron Parker.


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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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