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Hey Day

by Elijah Tucker

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    1) The Black Trans Femmes in the Arts collective, a group in the US which advocates for space, visibility, life and health for Black trans femmes in the art world and beyond. They have been supporting BTF protestors with legal aid, medical treatment in the event of injury while protesting, as well as other needs of their community. I am grateful for the opportunity to support them.
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1.
Blue is the color you were wearing in my dream about you But when I woke up all I saw was paper and problems I'd go back to sleep if I knew you would be there waiting With your heart and your hands I know that you'd solve them But baby you're gone gone gone gone gone Baby you're gone The night I met you I slept at your feet waiting When I woke up, I could see your heart had grown smaller Three months passed before you said "Good Morning" And with that dark turn of mind, I can't be your caller So baby I'm gone gone gone gone gone Baby I'm gone You've a light and I love it In your mind, your heart and your step Yours is one I treasure And I'll never forget the way that Blue hung about you like the sea around your shoulders And the smell of your shore pulling me to harbor Once upon a time we may fly across that water Once upon a time we may love a little harder But baby you're gone gone gone gone gone And right now I'm gone gone gone gone gone And baby we're gone gone gone gone Gone gone gone gone Gone gone gone gone gone
2.
B Train 02:38
There's no better place to be When tears come unexpectedly Than on a barreling B train Bound for Brooklyn And it's really good if in the next seat Is your friend until eternity Who knows just how to be silent As your tears roll free Well that's how my Friday night began After a Manhattan sunset with my friends I love my heroes and I love their songs I love it when we sing along Or ride the misty night our bikes 'Til the dawn But there's nothing that I love more wholly Than a letter or a note From a lately-liberated Once-incarcerated young soul When he says "Hello, I'm fine. You're my family. Thank you." All I know is what I love and this is what I love All I know is when I love and this is when I love.
3.
After the hands have gone up and come down After all that round and round You're still there, sitting in that chair Making that ancient sound A little like the moan 'neath the city pines A little like a groan amid happy times You tell me you won't give it away for free What do I have to pay to play? See, I'm a man hunting for the finest things Girl, with your secrets and your bird that sings I'll be searching for you out on every stage Sing songs to you from every age Numbers keep rising on my pressure gauge For you I suffer arrows and slings Outrageous fortune when you open your mouth A sea of trouble too, there is no doubt Still I listen to you, hope I'm kissing you soon 'Cause you are what it's all about See, I'm a man hunting for the finest things Girl, with your secrets and your bird that sings I'll be searching for you out on every stage Sing songs to you from every age Numbers keep rising on my pressure gauge For you I suffer arrows and slings Because you are the quarry of kings! Outrageous fortune when you open your mouth A sea of trouble too, there is no doubt Still I listen to you, hope I'm kissing you soon 'Cause you are what it's all about
4.
Talk To Me 03:48
Talk to me My ears will welcome Talk to me The sound you're making Talk to me It plasters paint upon the walls behind my eyes Talk to me I know this story Talk to me Tell it again to me Talk to me I know that it's your favorite on your saddest day Baby, when i think of you I just can't keep still Every breath I breathe of you strengthens my will And I will Love you when I don't know why And love you when I do Love you like a grown-up There's nothing better to do Never needing, ever-wanting Hungry and alive I'll sit and listen long as you'll Talk to me Like you're my baby Talk to me My oceanic darling Talk to me Beloved, I adore you gave that gift to me There's nothing I can imagine That could change a thing "Cause I love you for no reason I wanna hear you sing Love you when I don't know why And love you when I do Love you like a grown-up There's nothing better to do Never needing, ever-wanting Hungry and alive I wanna hear you Sing Sing Sing Sing Sing Sing Sing Sing Sing I will play along Love you when I don't know why And love you when I do Love you like a grown-up There's nothing better to do Never needing, ever-wanting Hungry and alive
5.
I made stories with my baby I told tell them stories no more She still sparks the city But her shine don't fall on me no more I never wanted this to happen Except for every God-damned day She can light a room up But those ain't the rooms that I play She can light a room up But those ain't the rooms that I play I told her over and over Many many ugly things If love's the better angel She's no longer waiting on my wings If love's the better angel She's no longer waiting on my wings
6.
Hey Day 04:56
I smell a Hey Day The like of which we've not known Not seen since yesteryear I need your help To wake up everyone we know I'll be your hay-maker Atop my steed which needs no oats Is there no deliverance? Is there no savior? Is there only work?
7.
You've really earned this year I see it in your face I can see the lines that tell the story of heartbreak You've really earned this year And though it's been a while And you've burned a couple tanks of gas to turn that smile You've earned every mile Tonight your hair looks good And your suit is sharp You only said a couple words to me but I heard your heart Tonight your eyes are alive The first time in half a year I can't wait to sing this song with you, your voice so clear And love near You've rarely made it easy Easy on yourself Tonight let's drink water on the rocks And dance to your health To your health To your health! There's no need for explaining Just give it all to me Your story's done and over There's nothing left to prove And you're free You're free Just like me And I know that you've really earned this year
8.
No flash in the pan You're a splash as my January turns into February And I feel good I like your pace And the narrowing space between our bodies Am I understood? And I like you So I stuck my fingers in your hair Oh, I like you And I wanna leave 'em laying there I waited a while And I studied your smile in pictures And from across the room I like your light And the wild ways of your days and nights And your latest tune And I want you And I wanna taste your gypsy sweat And I want you And I ain't satisfied just yet And I'd like to get as close as I can be Would you like to pass a couple miles or three With me?
9.
Everyone I know will someday die Don't you forget it, don't wonder why Everyone I know is mostly scared When the body breaks down, who will be there? Everyone I know is wasting life Worried after nothing, wanting all the time Everybody carries heavy stones Blocks every vision, robs every home But the richest sunsets Fall in a greasy sky Bury every root in the soil that you stand in Carry every torch, light up the land and Fear no blood, give away your water Everyone I know's got a mouth to feed Bellies often crying when there is no need Everyone we've got to clean our room Prepare for everafter's every mood But the richest sunsets Fall in a greasy sky Bury every root in the soil that you stand in Carry every torch, light up the land and Fear no blood, give away your water You never know what your neighbor's got in store So climb as high as you can with your friends Share everything even the cold snap fo the wind The sun will rise again Everyone I know will someday die

about

In June of 2016 I went into the studio with Ian Turner to begin work on what would become "Hey Day," my third solo album. Over the following 12 months, what began as a small acoustic expression quickly became a rich, focused blast of rock, soul and folk music. Vocals lead the way, as I am joined by the exceptional voices of Jonathan Hoard, Alisha Neverson, Clair Oaks and Ian Turner. Supported by vibey drums, swirling synths, guitars, organ and piano, this is the album I've been wanting to make my whole life. The songs are opportunities for emotional, psychological and spiritual exploration, borne of my adventures in the inner and outer worlds. Ultimately, "Hey Day" is a call to action for all who hear it to wake up and work for love, creativity and inspiration. I'm proud to offer this music into the world, and to count you -- the reader -- as a close friend and fan. The booklet you hold in your hands is a small token of my appreciation for staying connected to my music. May transcendence, beauty and joy be your guide!

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released June 23, 2017

Produced by Ian Hafiz Turner and Elijah Tucker
Recorder, Mixed and Mastered by Ian Hafiz Turner at Sounds Human NYC and Generous Music Studio, Brooklyn, NY

(c) 2017 Generous Music

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