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Tai Shan Music 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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Track Name: Cool To Be Weird
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
Track Name: Anything is Possible
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
Track Name: Fighting Yourself
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
Track Name: Stone Cold Statues
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
Track Name: Peter Pan
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
Track Name: That's It
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
Track Name: Ain't it Wonderful
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
Track Name: Big Bad Wolf
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
Track Name: All We Need Is Now
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
Track Name: No Stranger Than Life
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
Track Name: American Dream
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