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High Stakes

by Taylor Shae

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1.
Nunavit 04:03
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
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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
3.
Dogs 03:29
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
4.
This Place 03:53
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
5.
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’
6.
As I Please 03:20
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
7.
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
8.
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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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. 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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