"When I first started writing songs, I used my music as a vehicle for words, because that's what my childhood songwriting heroes seemed to do." James Toth wrote the music first for Clipper Ship. Leah Toth/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Leah Toth/Courtesy of the artist

St. Vincent performs in tandem with a color guard team at the Barclays Center on June 27, 2015. Jarred Alterman and Wyatt Garfield./Courtesy of Oscilliscope Laboratories hide caption

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Jarred Alterman and Wyatt Garfield./Courtesy of Oscilliscope Laboratories