September's Rhyme

from by S. J. Tucker

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This song is an attempt to detail, in a wacky way, the process September must go through in order to get into Fairyland (in the first chapter of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.) When the author, Catherynne M. Valente, heard this for the first time, she wrote me and called it "the devil's carousel music."

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


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