Shana Tucker

ChamberSoul Cello & Songs

SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80's & 90's pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.

All lyrics by Shana Tucker, unless otherwise noted.

A Secret That I Keep

time after time i ask myself, “what is it about you that makes me smile?” • night after night i find myself dreaming about you and your pretty smile • there’s so much i want to say to you • i want to spend the day with you • day after day i fancy myself living within you and you in me • i’ve got to find a way to have you • given the circumstances, that may never come to be • ah, but a girl can dream • there’s so much i want to say to you • i wanna have my way with you now • caught up in the thought of stolen moments between me & thee • fingers always linger • as i imagine what will be • but that’s a secret that i keep • what if i were to say to you • that my body responds to the thought of what you’ll do to me? • i think it’s only a matter of time before thoughts and words and actions collide • i think i’m gonna let you come inside • caught up in the thought of stolen moments between me & thee • fingers always linger as i imagine what will be • but that’s a secret that i keep • it’s a secret, a secret that i keep


Bow Out Gracefully

two trains running in the same direction • one's moving faster to reach that destination •momentum's gaining as the moon is waning • will it reach the station before they collide, oh • i feel where you're coming from, and • where you're trying to go • i see the things you're looking for • know what you wanna know • and I wanna give you all the loving you deserve • i'm just not ready to do anything, so • i gotta bow out gracefully • you've had a little more time to live on your own • now you wanna settle down, and you've invited me home • you've built walls before, but with me you're wide open • ready to place your heart in my hands, oh • i feel where you're coming from, and • where you're trying to go • i see the things you're looking for • know what you wanna know • and I wanna give you all the loving you deserve • i'm just not ready to do anything, so • i gotta bow out gracefully • bow out gracefully • early on, you wanted to get inside my head • i gave you the greenlight, gave you assurance to pursue with reckless abandon • i made you a promise back then, remember what I said? • that I would be here until I'm not,be here, until I'm not • perhaps you forgot...or was it me who fell short on memory? • i feel where you're coming from, and • where you're trying to go • i see the things you're looking for • know what you wanna know • and I wanna give you all the loving you deserve • i'm just not ready to do anything, so • i gotta bow out gracefully • bow out gracefully •


get out the fast lane, lady • out the fast lane, you know • you're over there, talking on your cell phone • i can't afford to go slower traffic, keep right • the troopers are nowhere in sight • i'm gonna be driving all through the night • to get to where my baby's waiting with the porchlight on • if you had good lovin' waiting on you like it's waiting on me • you'd be driving like a bat outta hell, dipping & diving dangerously, too • if you knew that at the end of the road • there was a cool, tall glass of water waiting to quench your thirst • c’mon now, act like you know, you oughta • get out the fast lane, lady • out the fast lane, you know • you're over there, talking on your cell phone • i can't afford to go slower traffic, keep right • the troopers are nowhere in sight  • i'm gonna be driving all through the night • to get to where my baby's waiting with the porchlight on • miles and miles lay between me and the one I love most • i stay on the road, singing my shows, i hardly get the chance to be close • but when I do, ooh it's as good as the first time • he never misses a beat, so tender, so sweet • get out the fast lane, lady • out the fast lane, you know • you're over there, talking on your cell phone • i can't afford to go slower traffic, keep right • the troopers are nowhere in sight  • i'm gonna be driving all through the night • to get to where my baby's waiting, my baby's waiting... • i've been counting down the days, and imagining the many ways • he's gonna say hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello to me • and when the morning comes, i'm gon' be cooking something good • we'll have worked up an appetite getting re-acquainted the previous night • laughing, talking, joking, we’re gonna be stroking like long-lost lovers do • like lovers who are friends, too • get out the fast lane, lady • out the fast lane, you know • you're over there, talking on your cell phone • i can't afford to go slower traffic, keep right • the troopers are nowhere in sight  • i'm gonna be driving all through the night • to get to where my baby's waiting • my baby's waiting on the traffic, keep right • the troopers are nowhere in sight  • i'm gonna be driving all through the night • to get to where my baby's waiting with the porchlight on

Fast Lane


Just A Moment

just a moment, that’s all i ever need • to remember what it feels like being the girl i used to be •  the girl you fell in love with; the one who used to SHiNE • 'Cause lately, the skin i’m in doesn’t feel like mine just a moment, to spread my wings  • and feel the warmth of freedom and the assurance that it brings  • i need to know you trust me  •  enough to let me stray • if i could stray away  • just a moment of each day; not too close, but just far enough to miss you, miss you again • to make my heart grow fond again • just a moment to hear my own heart beat  • to live the dreams i talk about, be in touch with my inner-peace • you’d never have to question why i choose to stay • if i could stray away  • just a moment of each day; not too close, but just far enough to miss you, miss you again • to make my heart grow fond again • if you wake up in the morning and you find my pillow bare, don’t worry • i haven’t gone anywhere • it’s just the quietness of dawn is a haven for my spirit • it beckons me, it reconciles me, it reunites me • with me • just a moment; see? i told you that’s all i ever need  • to remember what it feels like being the girl i’ll always be  • now: ask me if i love you...i would not hesitate • if i could stray away  • just a moment of each day; not too close, but just far enough to miss you, miss you again • to make my heart grow fond again • i can be everything to you • if i keep a little bit to myself


Just Go

well, my life is changing at break-neck speed again • getting harder and harder to keep it all together • people want what they want when they want it, perpetual spin • i’m pulled in a thousand different directions and it’s not gonna get better • said i’m moving a thousand miles a minute and it’s not getting any better, no • but these are the times when a ticket to anywhere sounds so nice • pack an overnight back and throw it in the back seat next to the dog and drive • go to the beach, or to the mountains; destination: unknown • it’s about time to just go • this just in: my boyfriend’s feeling “neglected” and my part-time job is flexing it’s full-time weight • if this is the price i pay for being a struggling artist • well then maybe the bill collectors might give me a little bit more of a break • no, but the bill collectors ain’t trying to give me no break • but these are the times when a one-way ticket just sounds so sweet • pack a carry-on bag and throw it in the overhead and find me a window seat • go to the beach, or to the mountains; destination: unknown • it’s about time to just go • i loaned my GPS to my friend • i guess that means i’m driving ‘til the road ends • these are the times when a personal day just won’t do • these are the times when you give ‘em two fingers and do what you wanna do, oh • these are the times when a ticket to anywhere sounds so nice • pack an overnight back and throw it in the back seat next to the dog and drive • go to the beach, or to the mountains; destination: unknown • these are the times when a one-way ticket just sounds so sweet • pack a carry-on bag and throw it in the overhead and find me a window seat • go to the beach, or to the mountains; destination: unknown • oh, these are the times, these are the times, these are the times • it’s about time to just go


No Get-Back

i don’t know how, i don’t know how to say • how to say it in a way that makes sense, makes sense to you • i’ve been trying now for days, yet i still can’t get through, no • there was once a time, there was once a time when i, once upon a time when i could bet anything on your kiss • now everything you try boils down to this • no get-back, no gettin’ back • no get-back, no gettin’ back • no get-back, there’s no gettin’ back, back together with me • trust was broken from too much water under the bridge • and i was drowning, but you know, the truth of the matter really is • though i forgive you, and i don’t harbor any hate • my heart is so different now, that i’m afraid it’s a little too late for • no get-back, no gettin’ back • no get-back, there’s no gettin’ back, back together with me • trust was broken from too much water under the bridge • and i was drowning, but you know, the truth of the matter really is • though i forgive you, and i don’t harbor any hate • my heart is so different now, that i’m afraid it’s a little too late for • no get-back, no gettin’ back • no get-back, there’s no gettin’ back, back together with me


November

i met you on the 9th • a classic case of seeing you across a crowded room • except it was a church • we were playing a tune the bride had asked for • for when she walked down the aisle • and strangely enough, the song was “the first time (i ever) saw your face” • and in the days that followed, we discovered our Soulmate compatibility • you were mine and i yours, no questions asked, that's just how it was • then one day, all that changed when you called me up and said • that the fear of losing me was greater than the pain of letting go • i miss my november, when my world seemed brand-new • because i was loving you, and i knew you loved me too • and although you're gone, and i'm moving on • i miss the month i loved you • i miss november • november • i'm sitting here and i'm watching the snowflakes fall • reminding me of all the reasons you could've stayed • but you only saw the snow as the biggest one big reason to leave • couldn't stay and watch it melt, and turn into spring • dad to get home before it got too deep • it's funny; in the coldest month of the year i found someone to make me sweat • quicken my pulse and sharpen my senses and silly stuff like that • but now it's ...something, the date escapes me • as i'm sitting here reminiscing 'bout time long gone • i miss november • when my world seemed brand-new • because i was loving you, and i knew you loved me too • and although you're gone, and i'm moving on • i miss november • i miss november • all the things we used to do • and the way you used to kiss me, too • november • i miss november • when my world seemed brand-new • because i was loving you, and i knew you loved me too • and although you're gone, and i'm moving on • i'm moving on • funny how time flies when you're having fun • but i'm moving on • i missed the month i loved you • november


The Precious Ones

far away, past mountains and seas • shines a light • far away, over forests and trees • is a light • that heeds neither rain nor shine • it continues to shine • for you and for me • far away, past valley and hill • shines a light • far away, over field and windmill • is a light • it’s so beautiful to behold • and it continues to glow • for you and for me • it serves as a reminder that  • you can always find a love so real, you'll be able to feel its warmth and glow wherever our souls may go • wherever you go, wherever i go • so look past the mountains and past the seas • see the forest for the trees • and the light will guide us home • so far away, so far away • shines a light • SHiNE


Repeat Again

the sharpest blade most easily blunted •mishandled by someone • the youngest tree's growth is easily stunted • if burned by the sun • cherish the precious ones • we don't cherish the precious ones • the finest wine most easily spoiled • if not allowed to age • the blankest book most easily soiled • teardrops left on it's page • cherish the precious ones • we don't cherish the precious ones • the softest silk, the darkest hour • the sweetest milk, the highest power • what we take for granted are the most enchanting things • on this earth, blind to their worth • we don't cherish the precious ones • we should cherish the precious ones • we must cherish the precious ones

why, why, why don't you ever listen to a word I say? • i, i, i find myself repeating every word I say • if I'm speaking English, and that's your native tongue • why do my words miss their target, why do you play dumb? • we go through this over and over and then • we repeat, repeat again • repeat, repeat again • guys, guys, guys have a disconnect with the word 'No' • surprise, surprise, surprise, 'No' is not the new ‘Yes’ • it really means 'No' • when you ask me a question, and you don't like what I said • don't rephrase it then restate it; you're gonna get what you get  • i've told you this over and over and then • we repeat, repeat again • repeat, repeat again • repeat and repeat again, oh  • i know that with Mars & Venus • there's a battle of will • but that doesn't explain away your lack of listening skills •  • i'm sick and I'm tired of finding new ways • to say it and say it and say • why must I be so cruel? • why must the truth be so cruel in order for you to receive it? • in order for you to get where I'm coming from • and get where I'm not trying to go with you • over and over and over and then • we go through this over and over and over and over and over and over and then • we repeat, repeat again • oh, repeat, repeat again • repeat, repeat again


SHiNE

far away, past mountains and seas • shines a light • far away, over forests and trees • is a light • that heeds neither rain nor shine • it continues to shine • for you and for me • far away, past valley and hill • shines a light • far away, over field and windmill • is a light • it’s so beautiful to behold • and it continues to glow • for you and for me • it serves as a reminder that  • you can always find a love so real, you'll be able to feel its warmth and glow wherever our souls may go • wherever you go, wherever i go • so look past the mountains and past the seas • see the forest for the trees • and the light will guide us home • so far away, so far away • shines a light • SHiNE

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