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    A cautionary song for lovers and shape-shifters alike, one piece of art inspired by another.

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I wrote "Were-owl" as a direct result of something my friend Kyle Cassidy posted in his blog this past spring, the following words: If you'd be interested in collaborating on a small art project with someone else here, just reply with the word "yes".

I said yes, and now I am happy to call myself not just a friend to Kyle, but a friend to artist Emily Carding (emilycarding on Livejournal), creator of the Transparent Tarot. At Kyle's behest, in a random pairing, Emily and I started exchanging emails and decided that we would trade a song about a painting for a painting about a song. For her half of our collaboration, Em has painted her depiction of my Green-eyed Sue/Red-handed Jill, who you can hear about in the Wendy Trilogy on my Sirens album. As she prepared to start work on what turned out to be a gorgeous depiction of Herself at the ship's wheel, Emily linked me to her gallery site, www.childofavalon.com, and told me to write about anything I found there that inspired me. I came upon her pencil-and-Photoshop image, Were-Owl, and there was just something about his face. The song poured out of me quickly, and as the summer settled in, I started work in the studio to bring it to shivering life. You can see Emily's image of him for yourself at this link: photos.bravenet.com/400/720/949/9/5F24198328.jpg

The Were-owl has since endeared himself to all of us, dangerous creature of mystery though he may be. I hope you enjoy meeting him as well, in both his audio and his visual incarnations.

This song would not have happened without encouragement from Emily, Kyle, and the 2xcreative project and community. I dedicate it to them, to shape-shifters everywhere, and to all those brave enough to love someone whom they don't necessarily understand.

lyrics

Look long enough into the eyes of any creature,
there's no knowing what you'll find.
We all seek the light one way or another,
mostly flying blind.
Everything flies at the mercy of the moonlight,
lovers more than most at times.
You've sought the light where few have ever found it,
captured deep in tawny eyes.
Little one seek and ye shall find.
Take care what you find
in the tawny eyes of a hunter by night.

Who, who, who is it dares
to find these feathers, stroke this skin?
How, how, how can you dream of
the night he spreads his wings to hold you,
shows you all he knows and lets you in?

I've heard it said none but fools will ever count on
shifting shapes and flying dreams.
Foolish the heart that lights upon a love who's
never what he seems:
Shows one face at dawn and another in the twilight,
kings have worn his shape before
(kings have worn his wings before).
Lord of the evening, so handsome in the sunlight,
leaves you wanting so much more.
Child, death is a dance on the forest floor!

Who, who, who is it dares
to find these feathers, stroke this hide?
Why, why, why set your sights on
the night he spreads his wings to hold you,
shows you all his heart and bids you fly?

shifting shapes and flying dreams
love is never what it seems
wears another skin by day
be his love and not his prey

Who, who, who is it dares to seek the sun
and still want more?
How, how, how can you trust that he'll
open up his wings to hold you,
leave you brighter than you were before?

credits

from Walk the Wire: literal internet singles, track released November 24, 2009
Words, music, and this recording Copyright S. J. Tucker 2009, all rights reserved. Guitars, bodhran, shaker, and vocals by S. J. Tucker. Cello by Betsy Tinney. Owl-descant vocal by Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey. Tracked, mixed, and guided by Tony Fabris, Monkey Brains Studios, Seattle WA. Special thanks to Emily Carding, Kyle Cassidy, and the 2xcreative community.

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