High Stakes

by Taylor Shae

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The memories of summer shine through in “High Stakes,” as every song on the album has rolled down the streets of a Colorado festival with energy and reason. Taylor Shae captured the vibrancy and liveliness of her 2018 summer music setlists in an 8 track collection. She wanted to explore the role that sense of place has upon human relationships, and showcased this through soul-wired vocals and rebellious bass.

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released April 19, 2019

All songs written by Taylor Shae. Performed by Taylor Shae and RD. Produced at Zeen Studios.

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Taylor Shae Longmont, Colorado

Taylor Shae is an award-winning singer-songwriter born and raised in Colorado, credited for her carefree edge, old-soul lyrics, and velvety-toned vocals. She released her third album “High Stakes” in April 2019. Taylor performs around Colorado venues and festivals with RD, together bringing a high energy blues feel to the Americana genre. ... more

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Track Name: Nunavit
Am I just a pail of water to ya?
Fill me up at the well
Climb up the hill
And drop me down
Am I just a pail of water to ya?
Fill me up at the well
Climb up the hill
And drop me down
If I’m just a bucket to you
I’ll be a messenger too
And tell you what they’re saying’

You’ve got these great big plans
With all these secondhand ideas
I hate to burst your bubble
That’s not half the trouble on our hands
And if you carry through just like a stubborn mule
Imma make a break for it
I don’t want none of it
No I don’t want none of it

You’re the pocket poker game
That I lost all my loose change on
And I want my money back
You’re the sad little broken cuckoo-clock
That everyone begs to stop
So they can be on their way
And I’m the unfortunate fool
That’s got to break all this new news to you

You’ve got these great big plans
With all these secondhand ideas
I hate to burst your bubble
That’s not half the trouble on our hands
And if you carry through just like a stubborn mule
Imma make a break for it
I don’t want none of it
No I don’t want none of it

Hey hey hey

I think that it’s time
I think it’s time to take a rain check
I think it’s time to take a rain check
Go on and take it, just take it
I’m givin’ it to ya, givin’ it to ya

Oh

You’ve got these great big plans
With all these secondhand ideas
I hate to burst your bubble
That’s not half the trouble on our hands
And if you carry through just like a stubborn mule
Imma make a break for it
I don’t want none of it
No I don’t want none of it
I don’t want none of it
I don’t want none of it
Track Name: Sad Sad Heart
There are parts of my mind
I’d gladly leave behind
Rather than keep them here with me all the time

When I mixed up the paints
Of my time spent here
I was only left
With a big ol’ pail of blue

You’ve got a sad, sad heart
That can’t be healed with medication
Biding its time in this life
I’ll travel the whole, whole, world
Looking for something new
And find that your sad, sad, heart
Is better off with you
It’s better off with you
Better off with you

As the snow melts
And flowers start to bloom
I find new beginnings
And get out of this town real soon

If I search and search
And I never find what I’m looking for
Don’t expect me to come back
Knockin’ on your door

You’ve got a sad, sad heart
That can’t be healed with medication
Biding its time in this life
I’ll travel the whole, whole, world
Looking for something new
And find that your sad, sad, heart
Is better off with you
It’s better off with you
Better off with you

I’ll travel the whole, whole world
Looking for something new
And I’ll find that your sad, sad heart
Is better off with you
Track Name: Dogs
When the rain stops
And everyone one comes out
The bluest moon, a big campfire
We dance until the ground is dryer

There was a
Double, take
I’m seeing in two now
There is a
Dull, ache
In my bones
Telling me
That I am no one to wave to anymore

But then I remember
I’ve always had you
And I’ll have you till I’m broken and blue

When the rain stops
And everyone one comes out
The bluest moon, a big campfire
We dance until the ground is dryer
Twenty days until
We come to our grave
But we, we are the special ones
We put out the food and the dogs come
And the dogs they come

You know that you’ve
Seen better
Times when the glow’s gone
And know that the
Glimmer of light
Is gone from your eyes
But your
Heart’s flame
Is all that matters to me

Side by side
In matching rocking chairs
A garden of cabbage for all to share

When the rain stops
And everyone one comes out
The bluest moon, a big campfire
We dance until the ground is dryer
Twenty days until
We come to our grave
But we, we are the special ones
We put out the food and the dogs come
And the dogs they come
Track Name: This Place
Looking through the family picture book
I didn’t know your name
Couldn’t quite remember
Why this face was so familiar

When I hear your story
When I walk through this house
That you built from the ground
I can still hear the sounds of your laughter
When I look at this picture
Of you smiling up at me
Sun-bleached hair and weathered feet
A thousand stories written ‘cross your face
Like how you built this place

Driving down this dirt road
Feels like I’ve been here before
When I step on this porch step
Feels like I’ve done it a thousand times

When I hear your story
When I walk through this house
That you built from the ground
I can still hear the sounds of your laughter
When I look at this picture
Of you smiling up at me
Sun-bleached hair and weathered feet
A thousand stories written ‘cross your face
Like how you built this place

And they say I have her eyes
They say she loved you through the lies
They say you once fell off this roof
And you nearly died
They say the old creek is running dry
They say this house is crumbling
But I, I think it looks fine
I think it looks fine
Just fine

When I hear your story
When I walk through this house
That you built from the ground
I can still hear the sounds of your laughter
When I look at this picture
Of you smiling up at me
Sun-bleached hair and weathered feet
A thousand stories written ‘cross your face
Like how you built this place
Like how you built this place
Like how you built this place
Track Name: High Stakes Livin'
The only car out on the freeway
Just her and a bearded man
And an empty can of Pepsi

Hitchhiked a hundred miles so far
From motorcycles to beat up cars
The only thing she wants
Is to go nowhere fast

And he dropped her off
At a Vegas rest stop
She had a pocket-full of change
Thought she’d give it up to chance and said

“Give me the poster,
Give me the key chain too,
Another quarter down
What have I got to lose?”
Something to believe in
Talkin’ ‘bout that high stakes livin’
That high stakes livin’

Those city lights
Can’t tell day from the night
And she’s wondering
If life will ever be the same

But she smiles up to the sky
Gives the wind an open wide eye
And gives the dice
Another roll

And says “This one’s
For the untamed
Still playing this game,
I know that I am one
But I won’t quit this restless run”
And she says:


“Give me the poster,
Give me the key chain too,
Another quarter down
What have I got to lose?”
Something to believe in
Talkin’ ‘bout that high stakes livin’
That high stakes livin’

It’s a lonely life, it’s a life for the thrill seekers
It’s a roll the dice, it’s a see what’s worth playing
It’s a this time, never have time, always have time
Risk time
And she says

“Give me the poster,
Give me the key chain too,
Another quarter down
What have I got to lose?”
Something to believe in
Talkin’ ‘bout that high stakes livin’
That high stakes livin’
Track Name: As I Please
I tie the laces on my shoes like I’ve been taught before
But then I tie them next to friends and they don’t understand
And here I was just sitting, I don’t need another lesson
I already do what I do
I don’t do what I don’t
Cause if I did I’d be cursing the don’ts
I’ll never be cursing the don’ts

This monochromatic
Gonna make me panic
I won’t have it
You drill from the edges
Until I’m pigeon-holed inside
There’s a door ajar in back of me
And I’m sitting in a window seat
Should have seen it all
And let the words
Eject themselves as they may
Please
As they may
Please

Riding on a train that’s going nowhere fast
Or rather rowing on a boat that goes forward and then back
They say that I’m the perfect human sacrifice
If I change to what I’m not
But I’m not what I change to be
If I did I’d be clanging on these chains
I’ll never be changing just to change

This monochromatic
Gonna make me panic
I won’t have it
You drill from the edges
Until I’m pigeon-holed inside
There’s a door ajar in back of me
And I’m sitting in a window seat
Should have seen it all
And let the words
Eject themselves as they may
Please
As they may
Please

Don’t grow hedges around me
Don’t throw sharpened edges at me
Pulled your weeds out of the garden, hoping for better soil
But just you wait for them to uncoil
For them to uncoil

This monochromatic
Gonna make me panic
I won’t have it
You drill from the edges
Until I’m pigeon-holed inside
There’s a door ajar in back of me
And I’m sitting in a window seat
Should have seen it all
And let the words
Eject themselves as they may
Please
As I
Please
Track Name: Great Unknown
Time
Is a beautiful thing
For those who don’t sing
And hurt, it makes things worse
It takes the color out of greatest moments

Time
Is something we don’t have
It’s the thing that we lack
When we grow apart and make new starts
With bridges in between

And we fly
Into the unknown
As I
Am getting my heart sewn
As we fly
Into the great unknown

You see love
Is the impossible flight
For ones who might
Be tired and jinxed and wired
To a countdown of a fatal fall

Time
Is more than I ask for
It’s the truth that cuts cores
And reveals, puts permanent seals
Across the things we’re bleeding over

And we fly
Into the unknown
As I
Am getting my heart sewn
As we fly
Into the great unknown

Talkin’ to a wall, that’s crumbling
Down, as I, wonder what have we come to
It’s, a losing fight, but then the words just
Tumble out, the truth’s a spout
The hours I spent at table for two
The years I’ve spent wasting my time on you

We flew
Into the unknown
I sewed pieces of my heart back together
As we flew into the unknown
Into the unknown
We fly
Into the unknown
As I, as I am getting my heart sewn
As we fly
Into the great unknown
The great unknown
The great unknown
Track Name: Mighty Mountains
Been a couple four days
Tryin’ to clear my clouds away
Always hanging ‘round and weighing me down
Weighing me down

I’ll spy the nearest peak
Say goodbye for a week
Go to the place where I can clear my mind
See what I find

Situations
Begin fading
A problem goes away every minute that I am here
We all got issues going on
Give ‘em a couple of rugged dawns
There’s gotta be something out there
Bigger than you and me

Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Take it all away just like the big man shoutin’

Been scramblin’ up these rocks
These trees and shrubs they soon do stop
As oxygen levels start to drop
Start to drop
And as I climb higher
My senses and my head start to feel lighter
My respect goes out to these mighty mountains
These mighty mountains


Situations
Begin fading
A problem goes away every minute that I am here
We all got issues going on
Give ‘em a couple of rugged dawns
There’s gotta be something out there
Bigger than you and me

Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Take it all away just like the big man shouting

I’m alone
But I ain’t lonely
Beauty above
Around and all below me
Exist
In untouched land
Play by the rules
Of nature’s plans

Situations
Begin fading
A problem goes away every minute that I am here
In Colorado
We all got issues going on
Give ‘em a couple of Rocky Mountain dawns
There’s gotta be something out there
Bigger than you and me

Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Give me one week
Up in the mountains

Give me one week
Up in the mountains
Take it all away just like the big man shouting

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