Living Fiction

by Tai Shan

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We can all remember when we were young there were those that had it and those who had none Struggling to find the space in between The four eyes in glasses and the homecoming queen You may be competing but there’s no prize When your trying to be someone you barely recognize You got to be comfortable in your own skin don’t you let them win Cause its cool not to fit in So go a little crazy and don’t you fear its cool to be weird There is a moment when you look around at all of the people that in your life that never put you down Where are those people you were working hard to impress Don’t you know that the homecoming queen is just a girl in a dress When you look around at the people that you love They are the ones dancing to the beat of there own drum You got to be comfortable in your own skin don’t you let them win Cause its cool not to fit in So go a little crazy and don’t you fear its cool to be weird I I I am proud to be a weirdo yes a weirdo yes thats me
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VERSE If you’d dizzy know that the world just spins This is only one life that you are learning to live It will make you fall so take the plunge don't you know that you’ve got nothing to lose You may be struggling know that your not alone we all must fight the current as we swim back home everyday just take a step towards that dream you’ve been wishing come true CHORUS Anything is possible if you want it bad enough You’ve got to take your chance and just learn to trust Don’t you know that you, you only live once so close your eyes and jump BRIDGE don’t change yourself so that you can fit it competition anit the way that your ever going to win Take a breathe and calm yourself cause its all going to be alright CHORUS Anything is possible if you want it bad enough You’ve got to take your chance and just learn to trust Don’t you know that you, you only live once so close your eyes and just jump Anything is possible
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VERSE When you’ve been roped down Can’t talk your way out When the papers been signed Marked your x on the dotted line When a sleepless night has you up counting dollar signs When your life’s grown dim from the box that you schedule you life in Don’t you know CHORUS You are the one with the Gun to your own head You got your finger on the trigger but you know its you Who will wind up dead Don’t you know those ghosts that you see They are just reflections of the girl that you long to be If you want to escape if you want to get out you got to learn To stop fighting yourself VERSE From when you open your eyes to when you pass out in the tv light You’ve been checking that phone thinking that you missed a message that would make it go When your living your life like its your fault that you never really got it right Don’t you know that its you That you’ve been passing all this judgment though CHORUS Don’t you know You are the one with the Gun to your own head You got your finger on the trigger but you know its you Who will wind up dead Don’t you know those ghosts that you see They are just reflections of the girl that you p long to be If you want to escape if you want to get out you got to learn To stop fighting yourself
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VERSE Stone cold statues Moments that have passed you when you had to choose You choose wrong and lost Now you move no more than shadows sleep walking though the battles Stuck holding a torch that never burns A voice ignites like fire you catch sight of a child Wandering in your garden of stone But the little boy is laughing Your lips crack but you can’t ask him why he draws outside your lines CHORUS If only you could tell him how you risked it all and fought If only you could show him When it came time you put it all on the line And you lost VERSE Sometimes you watch the snowflakes Sit back and just contemplate what would you do if you could move freely So rare to see the living moving and breathing and in there minds are dreams worth keeping alive CHORUS If only you could tell them how you risked it all and fought If only you could show them When it came time you put it all on the line And you lost VERSE I see my grandfathers face behind that cheap piture frame I am the boy and he is the lion I have walked though my fathers hall seen granddad hung on the wall And wondered was he a stone cold statue too Did he sacrifice when the battle raged Break the bars when he rattled his cage but how did he lose? CHORUS If only you could tell me how you risked it all and fought If only you could show me When it came time you put it all on the line And you lost
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Peter Pan 03:57
VERSE My dear sweet boy have you scrapped your knees again? You were looking for a way to stay young and not grow into a man I understand I know you recall being the captain of the football team You grew between the shot and the beers, chicks and the cheers, you were the king CHORUS You are getting older Peter Pan Time shapes us all and makes us grow up in the end I can’t help you to stay In never-ever land We all must change and grow within Your turning into a man Peter Pan VERSE I recognize those guys sitting with you at the band Those are the lost boys wondering free until they pushed it too far Wendy got sick of your shit always peeling your shadows off the wall You stayed younger and she got older and things just pulled apart CHORUS You are getting older Peter Pan Time shapes us all and makes us grow up in the end I can’t help you to stay In never-ever land We all must change and grow within Your turning into a man Peter Pan I can’t help you to stay In never-ever land We all must change and grow up in the end I can’t help you to stay I can’t help you to stay Your turning into a man Peter Pan
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That's It 03:36
VERSE Thatʼs it your the one who asked for war So Iʼm dead bolting the door You ainʼt my man no more so sorry My hands heavy with a silver knife You come close your going to taste its bite This will be the last drunken night you hurt me You donʼt know how long Iʼve tried I sacrificed my sense of pride for you Just look at what the choice has led me to CHORUS Iʼm ready to open my eyes to the cold hard truth in my face you hit me limit on how much hold abuse this womanʼs willing to take VERSE You hear me A coy smile and I bit my tongue Every time they told me what you done I stood by you didnʼt cut and run But now boy your guilty So donʼt you dare come after to me unless you plan to leave crawling High time you spent some time on your needs dragging your own baggage You donʼt know how long Iʼve tried I sacrificed my sense of pride for you Just look at what the choice has led me to CHORUS Iʼm ready to open my eyes to the cold hard truth in my face you hit my limit on how much hold abuse this womanʼs willing to take BRIDGE Now the truth is shinning through I am sorry baby you donʼt get to get me back CHORUS Iʼm ready to open my eyes to the cold hard truth in my face you hit my limit on how much hold abuse this womanʼs willing to take
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VERSE Set me loose boys Send me spinning I think its true what I am feeling I’m in love And I’m falling fast It caught me speechless It shook me sideways I think I know what this thing is that I’m feeling I’m in love And I’m falling fast CHORUS Ain’t it Wonderful to feel the love growing inside of me Ani’t it beautiful to know who I am is who he needs from me Ain’t it magical to know someone wants to grow old with me Ain’t it wonderful to feel the love grow inside of me VERSE Strike the bets girls I think I’m winning It think its real what I was just pretending I’m in love and I’m falling fast CHORUS Ain’t it Wonderful to feel the love growing inside of me Ani’t it beautiful to know who I am is who he needs from me Ain’t it magical to know someone wants to grow old with me Ain’t it wonderful to feel the love grow inside of me
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Big Bad Wolf 03:01
VERSE What you got to do this for got me waiting by the kitchen door bottle of booze and a cigarette waiting on you What you want to hurt me for Why can’t you see how it feels waiting on you waiting on me What you want to do to me you got me lost and questioning Every little thing that you said to me confess to me CHORUS I’m sick of this second guessing I’m not a wolf in grandma’s dress and you don’t know what you’ve done to me You telling me that you need proof That I’m not the big bad wolf VERSE What you got to say that for confess your love and disappear cop a feel seal the deal does it make you feel better Why you want to act that way Lead me on and walk away expect me to care expecting to go away Maybe your just ignorant Can’t see the shadow that you cast Or the darkness that I’m in Oh I a thinking I am sinking oh yea BRIDGE This ain’t a war and I’m not the bad guy so don't you point your gun at me I sitting round waiting on a single word that would justify waiting so patiently so patiently I’m waiting patiently
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VERSE Its easy to keep searching for meaning On how to be complete but its nice to feel where you are is where your are supposed to be CHORUS All have is now All we need is now All we know is now Now is all we need This is where I need to be Right where I’m meant to be If things change and they always do Then I will be here now for you VERSE You, you make me speak to the ghosts I don’t want to face But its beautiful to feel the support as we all take our own leap of faith CHORUS All have is now All we need is now All we know is now Now is all we need This is where I need to be Right where I’m meant to be If things change and they always do Then I will be here now for you
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VERSE We are all just guessing what we’re doing here How should we spend the moments through the years We are all just breathing one breath at a time unraveling the world that became our mind We are all just hoping the theories were right Whether incantations, incarnations or a white blinding light CHORUS Have a little mercy on each other Cause were going to be here a long long time Might as well surrender to a stranger no stranger than life VERSE Were all just acting like we think we should And every disaster we try to mask our fears and keep going through We are all just thinking on the problems that need solving We work so hard to get close to accomplishing something We are all just trying the best we can do Its hard when the answers are seemingly fleeting ahead of you CHORUS Have a little mercy on each other Cause were going to be here a long long time Might as well surrender to a stranger no stranger than life
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VERSE I’m hear on a mission, here to reveal that ugliness and failure our with us still slashed in red lipstick or suited in spades they came to sink there teeth in the American Dream All the crawling pretties are down on there knees sick with the stench of there rotting disease Quarters in slots, rinse and repeat, they’re sick with the American dream CHORUS Who are these people Where to they come from? Is this what the American dream has become There was a time when a spark led to a wave a generation saw a world that they could change but that vision quickly fades when you think you’ve been saved But you were deceived by the american dream VERSE Your rich off the killings and sick from the kill starving off madness with your green sweaty bills Where’s the screaming eagles with american flags To save these poor people from gambling all they had CHORUS Who are these people Where to they come from? Is this what the American dream has become There was a time when a spark led to a wave a generation saw a world that they could change but that vision quickly fades when you think you’ve been saved But you were deceived by the american dream

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released May 18, 2014

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Tai Shan Seattle, Washington

Seattle-based pop-folk artist and songwriter Tai Shan is known for her unusual chord voicing, wide sweeping melodies, and detailed lyrics. As a music teacher, performer, composer, and collaborator with a wide variety of jazz, folk, and pop musicians, she has gained a dedicated fan following through performances across the West Coast. ... more

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