To My Valentine

from by S. J. Tucker

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about

Interpreted one way, "To My Valentine" is a song from one heart to another. I actually wrote it for and about several different people, and I included pieces of what those people have given me throughout the lyrics--little images and clues. The title itself is a cheat, but it gives me an extra bit of stage patter, explaining that there's actually quite more than one valentine to be addressed. Read more at: s00j.livejournal.com/216409.html

lyrics

from far away I'm coveting your white violet skin
and missing the fall of your hair
worlds away I'm courting your everything
and giving you all that i dare
i long to stay but the road has my number
still i don't have to miss you for long
little did I know, all these new thoughts of home
come Tuesday or Wednesday I'm gone
never had such Valentines as these on my mind
all the faces i've seen, the places i've been
they don't stack up, even at the same time
to you and your white violet skin

how can one claim perfect love, perfect trust
and not know the wonders I know?
dreams are all well and good, but mine live and breathe
who knew? you came true, i suppose.
if wishing on stars ever falls out of fashion
we'll move to the Pleiades with no backward glance
maybe between worlds and blackness
I'll get up the nerve
to finally ask you to dance
there'll be space for you always in my harmony
though i never knew this before.
every note, "i love you," no matter the chord
that's all any love song is for

the wild foxes danced when you laughed in your cradle
the magpies fell silent when you learned to sing
Imagine my luck, to be part of your fable
where you hold my heart like the fruit in your hand
the mockingbird sang when I lay in my cradle
the pipers all played when I rose up to stand
I'll walk all the roads 'til I'm no longer able
and treasure your heart like the song in my hand.

just to say i love you in well-hidden ways
that's all any song says, each note when it's played
this one's too honest, but you're smiling, i pray.
i am wide open, only a little afraid.

from far away I'm coveting your white violet skin
and missing the fall of your hair
with just a laugh you rearranged the world as it is
spoke your heart, gave me leave to care
i will ever long to stay but the road has my number
still i won't have to miss you for long
little did I know, all these new thoughts of home
to tether me when I am gone
never had such Valentines as these on my mind
all the faces i've seen, the places i've been
they'll never stack up, even at the same time
to you and your white violet skin

credits

from Mischief, released July 16, 2010
Words & music by S. J. Tucker
Guitars, vocals: S. J. Tucker
Tracked & mixed by Tony Fabris, Monkey Brains Studios Seattle

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