Twenty Paces

by Taylor Shae

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Taylor Shae’s 2nd album, “Twenty Paces”, is a combination of storytelling, honest lyrics, raw emotion, and soaring melodies. When describing her approach to this album, Taylor says, “I believe it’s important to have moments of vulnerability, because it opens the door to relate to others and make connections. I want to spark a fire in the hearts of listeners and make a difference in lives of the unspoken through my music and songwriting. Everyone has insecurities, but it takes fearlessness to push through them.”

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released March 23, 2018

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Taylor Shae Longmont, Colorado

Taylor Shae is an 18 year old award-winning singer-songwriter from Colorado. She performs bluesy acoustic americana music that leaves listeners energized with crackerjack lyrics and soul-crying vocals.

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Track Name: Twenty Paces
I came for the party
I left to ease the shame
Of knowingly passive favor
That are tied, to the letters in my name
My name

Fade into the background
Where color doesn’t reach our faces
Blend into the background
Take it back twenty paces
I am the background
You can’t see me
Fade into the background
Can’t cut me where it hurts

I arrived thinking it would be different
Departed with the same old lies
That are the same
Across every face, and a shadow
Cast over all eyes
All eyes

Fade into the background
Where color doesn’t reach our faces
Blend into the background
Take it back twenty paces
I am the background
You can’t see me
Fade into the background
Can’t cut me where it hurts

Hide my face inside a drawing
Secret haunting always watching
Long to be what nobody asks for, nobody sees
But that’s not the lines that were carved out for me
Oh, oooh, oh oh ooh

Color doesn’t reach our faces
Take it back twenty paces, oh
I am the background
Can’t cut me where it hurts
Can’t cut me where it hurts
Track Name: Eraser
Traveler's soul on an empty road
Selling banjos by the load
Spring up here and over there
Hills and peaks thin mountain air
Taking money, leaving friends
Don’t look back on where you’ve been
The month of June it came quite soon
To call, or not to call
Your son who just turned seven

The more mistakes you make
The more lies you fake
The more times you tell someone you’ll be there
But you won’t
Keep the smudges in the lines
Keep the smudges in the lines
Don’t lose your eraser
Don’t let your trust get smaller now
Don’t let you trust get smaller now
And lose your eraser
Oh your eraser

Empty heart and empty soul
Praying for a summer snow
Somewhere that you’d rather be
You’d leave this valley happily
On the fourth straight month and a little more
Open up the ligaments that you tore
Satisfied with sleeping in
Your family wonders where you’ve been
For the last two years

The more mistakes you make
The more lies you fake
The more times you tell someone you’ll be there
But you won’t
Keep the smudges in the lines
Keep the smudges in the lines
Don’t lose your eraser
Don’t let your trust get smaller now
Don’t let you trust get smaller now
And lose your eraser
Oh your eraser

An old friend
Told me long ago
Trust is like an eraser
The more mistakes you make
The more lies you fake
The smaller it gets
Oh please don’t pretend to feel sorry for me
Please don’t pretend you care, whether I’m free
Just remember this
When I’m free

The more mistakes you make
The more lies you fake
The more times you tell someone you’ll be there
But you won’t
Keep the smudges in the lines
Keep the smudges in the lines
Don’t lose your eraser
Don’t let your trust get smaller now
Don’t let you trust get smaller now
And lose your eraser
Oh, Oh
Don’t lose your eraser
Track Name: Bad Luck
The walls are yellow and the ceiling is red
Painted them this way because you said
That it would not be pleasing to the eye
The old fan that you gave me last June
Only blows warm air, going right on through
I think the house feels cooler without that broken thing

Everyday in my life
I hope it comes through
You don’t understand what I gotta do

Sometimes I only got a toe in the water
Before I realize, I’ve gone under baby
I’m being swept away
And when I get to the top of the mountain
I’ll be the one that’s struck by lightning baby
Another one to stay
I guess it’s just bad luck
Bad luck

The pencil smudged, now I’m all confused
Thought I wrote about something better but, I wrote about you
I guess I gotta change my frame of mind

Everyday in my life
I hope it comes through
You don’t understand what I gotta do

Sometimes I only got a toe in the water
Before I realize, I’ve gone under baby
I’m being swept away
And when I get to the top of the mountain
I’ll be the one that’s struck by lightning baby
Another one to stay
I guess it’s just bad luck
Bad luck

Bad luck taking over my brain
Bad luck I think I’m going insane
This is a wild deceiver
Got a hundred and four degree fever
Bad luck taking over my brain
Bad luck I think I’m going insane
This is a wild deceiver
Got a hundred and four degree fever

Oh I’ve only got a toe in the water
I don’t even realize, that I’ve gone under
I’m being swept away, away, away, oh oh oh
When I get to the top of the mountain
I’ll be the one that’s struck by lightning baby
Another one to stay
Cause I’ve got bad luck
This dangerous chain, I’m under a spell
Of bad, bad luck
Woah, ooh
Track Name: The Holders
You messed it up
And I, watched you give it up
You say it’s too late
You say this is our fate
Well I say, it’s all written in the stars

You watched it fall
And I, watched you watch it fall
You say it’s all over life no four leaf clover
I say, you’ve got it all wrong
Our fate is written in the stars

You and I see colors in the dark
We know how to tell the stars apart
There’s a time when we’ll look back when we are older
And know that there was a hidden light, but we,
We were the holders

You say, Mondays are the worst
There’s a, stain on your shirt
You say I’m too tired, no I don’t feel inspired
Well I say, there’s a chance for us all
Our fate is written in the stars

You and I see colors in the dark
We know how to tell the stars apart
There’s a time when we’ll look back when we are older
And know that there was a hidden light, but we,
We were the holders

Hear me
Hear me when I say

You and I see colors in the dark
We know how to tell the stars apart
There’s a time when we’ll look back when we are older
And know that there was a hidden light
There was a hidden light
There was a hidden light, but we
We were the holders

You say it’s too late, you say this is our fate
Well I say it’s all written in the stars
Track Name: Prisoner
He left his fork out on the table
She doesn’t like dirty dishes left on the table
He left the wooden door open wide
She never opens the wooden door to the outside

And they sit in
Silence
At the table every night and they
Speak
Only to pass the rice
And when it’s storming
They go down to the lake
For goodness sake
Cause when you’re underwater
You can’t feel the rain

Gated house, not for keeping out
But for keeping in
Alarm code on, not to catch a con
But a prisoner, planning escape

And they sit in
Silence
At the table every night and they
Speak
Only to pass the rice
And when it’s storming
They go down to the lake
For goodness sake
Cause when you’re underwater
You can’t feel the rain
Oh you can’t feel it, no no

Prisoner don’t look now
Just bide your time
Locked in people
Try not to look for a sign
Spend your quiet hours
In hushed power
Waiting for the day
When you may say
“I’m free to roam the desert sands
With an icicle inside my hands
No more hiding when the storm comes in
Let it hit full force with the wind
But no
you’re just a boy
Don’t you dare make a noise, oh oh

Don’t you break the,
Don’t you break the -

Silence
At the table every night, oh ooh
Speak
Only to pass the rice
And when it’s storming
They go down to the lake
For goodness sake
Cause when you’re underwater
You can’t feel the rain, ooh ooh
You can’t, you can’t feel it,
Oh, you can’t feel the rain
Track Name: See Me
Drifting
With a broken heart and a stale start
Running
With her dancers feet on the cold concrete
Holding
Scraps of a letter, torn up and better, her
Eyes meet
All the strangers, and all the dangers

They alone can save her
They alone can cave her
They alone can save her

No one understands
All have turned away
Reaching for dry land
But pulled underneath the waves

No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just see me
No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just see me
See me, see me

Hiding
No sabotage, stay camouflaged
Laughing
Wait for it now and take a bow
Running
Through the city walls against the protocols
Try to forget that they need you

No one understands
All have turned away
Reaching for dry land
But pulled underneath the waves

No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just see me
No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just see me
See me

Oh, I’m not gonna be the one
To walk into the water for you
I’m not gonna be the one
To watch out for your daughter for you
I’m not gonna be the one
To walk into the water for you
I’m not gonna be the one
To watch out for your daughter for you, oh

No one understands, all have turned away

No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just see me
No one understands, details of the plan
A deeper meaning, she says just
See me, see me
Just see me, oh

They alone can cave her
They alone can cave her
They alone, can save her
Track Name: Unshielded
I’m unshielded from the wind
I’m unshielded from the rain
I’m unshielded from your icicle words

I’m the footsteps in the sand
I’m the footsteps at your door
I’m the footsteps running, trying to get away

Time keeps going
But I keep rowing
But it will never be enough

For the masters and the dames
For the cheaters for the fames
For the kings and the queens
For the ones who create insane machines
For the lovers, for the undiscovered in the scenes
For the ones who aren’t always as they seem

I am giving I am kind
I give to those I leave behind
I am the light
That leaves you blind

Sometimes one word is best
One word can create unrest
One word is racing running through your veins

Time keeps going
But I keep rowing
But it will never be enough

For the masters and the dames
For the cheaters and the fames
For the kings and the queens
For the ones who create insane machines
For the lovers, for the undiscovered in the scenes
For the ones who aren’t always as they seem

Buy my soul
Invade my home
Ingrain in me a metronome
Pour this concrete mold
Before I get too old
Ground me in this one place
Before I run and it’s too late

It will never be enough
For the masters and the dames
For the cheaters, not even for my name
I will sing and I will sing again
But I won’t ever create insane machines
I’m a lover, I’m undiscovered in the scenes
Oh maybe, I’m not always as I seem
Track Name: Movie
No one ever told me
Maybe there was a reason
Been protected by this plastic screen all my life
No one ever told me
Maybe I wasn’t listening
Has it been right there in front of me all this time

Here is what I can recommend
Why don’t we all just pretend?

That we’re living in a movie
It will soon be a happy ending
Where the girl saves the day
Doesn’t let him get away
And now we’ll all stay
I’m the starring role of the show
Didn’t you know?
I’m living in a movie
But where’s the good guy in the end?
Ooh in the end

Fast forward to the ending
Can’t leave this unfinished
Gotta know if a happy ending will come in time

Let’s take it to the preview
Don’t know if I can believe you
Don’t know if we’re all headed nowhere

We’re living in a movie
It will soon be a happy ending
Where the girl saves the day
Doesn’t let him get away
And now we’ll all stay
I’m the starring role of the show
Didn’t you know?
I’m living in a movie
But where’s the good guy in the end?

No bullet proof vest
To save us this time
No special powers
To rework the timing
Oh I thought I could fix things
Back to where they were
I thought the world would run smooth
If I could only be the glue
But now we’re all stuck in this sticky mess

We’re living in a movie
It will soon be
A happy ending
Where the girl saves the day
Doesn’t let him get away
Now we’ll all stay
I’m the starring role of the show
Didn’t you know?
I’m living in a movie
Where’s the good guy in the end?

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