Songs I Have Sung

by Gileah Taylor

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This is a 'best of' of sorts. In chronological order.

Some of my favorite songs from the last sixteen years. I chose these because they still move me. I am a lyrics-first kind of person. I remember writing all of these and thinking while I wrote them that I would always love singing them. And I have.



There's plenty more where these come from...Buy the entire albums!

Songs For Late At Night
(gileahtaylor.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-late-at-night-vol-1)

The Golden Planes (apple.co/1pfVXjC)

Gileah and The Ghost Train (apple.co/229N7Gd)

What Kind Of Fool (apple.co/1LZg7ZM)

A Crooked Line (apple.co/1pfW5Qj)

Chris and Gileah (apple.co/1WhLTBP)

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released March 9, 2016

Individual track credits accompany each track
Cover photography by Hannah Bryant Brown for HBB Photography

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Track Name: N.K. and L.N.
Dear Natalie Kate,
​You smell like your letters, stationery. They travel the miles to reach me. You’re just as I imagined that you would be…
​​​​A postmarked chance,
​​​​Could it be –
​​​​LOVE,
​​​​Lewis N.


Dearest Lewis Night,
​Wish I could write…for my heart’s fallen through my arms and onto the page. Wish you could read what I mean when I say…
​​​​Love,
​​​​Natalie Kate


Dear Natalie Kate,
​Your island is not so far from mine. Georgia to Oregon, I will be back in no time. Angels come shaped as flying machines. Gonna take off with dreams as wings….


Dearest Lewis Night,
​Wish I could write…for my heart’s fallen through my arms and onto the page. Wish you could read what I mean when I say…
​​​​Love,
​​​​Natalie Kate
Track Name: OneHonorableForeignHeart
Take me with you,
Lewis,
With you
YOU ARE MY HEART
But I'm frightened by
THE IDEA
You are my heart
But I'm in the mood to be ...
To be frightened by moving trains
Track Name: Bedtime: Sleep Is For Children
It's a moon you'd find in nursery rhymes-
His performance growing dim
Think we'll burn the lamp tonight
We will not bother him

Clara, where's your book?
And the sentence we last read?
Clara, children should
Lay down their little heads...
I'll read to you now

There once was a girl who took her father to the park
She lost him at the swing sets and it nearly broke her heart
So she hired a private detective
Found him right where she expected
In Madison, Wisconsin -
In the bedroom next to hers

Clara, won't you look
At the moon, his nod good-night?
Clara, close your book
And your eyes, shut them tight

Clara, it's time for bed
I'm turning out the lights
Angel, sleepyhead...
Clara, close your eyes
Track Name: Be The One
Come on and be the one
I know you are you are you are
Your lighting up the night like a star a star a star
Like a sparkler in July
Like the holiday lights

The warmth is coming from you like the sun the sun the sun
You know I'm really hoping you're the one the one the one

Oh, love
I've got my fingers crossed

Come on and be the one
You know you want to, pretty thing
The hands I love to watch, the face that makes me sing

Oh, love
I've got my fingers crossed

So can we be together, you and me and me and you
Oh, let it be forever, love me honeydew, I do

Oh, love
I've got my fingers crossed
Track Name: Medicine
Maybe I don't need you like I thought I did
Well, there's something in the weather and it's creeping in my skin
Well, I am hot and cold by turns
My fever's turning bright
My heart is filled with blackness
I am still chasing light

I don't know why you had to go
My fever stopped at cold and then you left
With all of my medicine
No, no doctor in the world could heal me now

Maybe I don't need you like I thought I did
And all the storied of my girlhood were jus that- good fiction
Well, I am hot and cold by turns
My fever's burning down
I am sad of being tired
I'm sick of all this turning around

I don't know why you had to go
My fever stopped at cold and then you left
With all of my medicine
No, no doctor in the world could heal me now
Track Name: Say You Love Me Still
If this month is the darkest yet
And all we know is caving in
The mountains are but sand dunes here
And who I was has disappeared

I want this to be Neverland
I want just to be loved again
I want just to be loved by you

What do we do now?
The sharks are circling
What do we do now?
Vultures are circling
Overhead
Hold my hand

This will be our darkest trial
"Soon be over" on our lips
There is not enough of hate
To take what we have known away

All I knew was love from you
All my hope wrapped up in you
I want just to be loved by you

What do we do now?
The sharks are circling
What do we do now?
Vultures are circling
Overhead
Hold my hand

Hold my hand
Say you love me still
Say you love me still
Say you love me still

The world could fall
Say you love me still
Track Name: The Devil
When the devil comes
Like a good angel
But with a loose tongue
I can't save you now

When my heart breaks
From all your mistakes
The times are changing
I can't save you now

When all your friends
Leave you broken
Leave you to your disease
I can't save you then

I have longed for change
Oh, to see you choose
Oh, you can't refuse the Savior's hand

I have prayed for change
Oh, to see you choose
Oh, you can't refuse the Savior's hand
Track Name: The Emergency
Wake up, honey
There's a fire in the hall
There's an earthquake in the kitchen
There are lovers at the door
They are leaving little families
For a new life and new lust
Soon it will be old again
The fire turns to dust

Oh, God
We've got an emergency
It's just what I need

Wake up, honey
'Cause it all was just a dream
The house is fine, the kids, the lawn
But what is just beneath?
A broken heart, a shadow heart
I'll tell you what, you know it's not
Just us here underneath

Oh, God
We've got an emergency
It's just what I need

It's not all right that I've been sleeping
Being fed through an IV
While the righteous man is moving
'Cause the fire's at his feet
It's not all right I've been avoiding
Empty faces around me
I know you depress yourselves,
Hell, you're depressing me

Oh, God
We've got an emergency
It's just what I need
Track Name: When I Was Down
Oh, where are you?
Oh, my sweet love
Waited so long
And where'd you go when I was down?

So I missed you
Now it's too late to say
What could have been

Soft like the sky
At the beginning of night
Gray like the moon
Too sad to cry
Pale like the girl who slides into your dreams
Sweet like the ghost who's dying to sing
Scared like the words we left unsaid
Sure it's the same thought in your head
Bittersweet like the one who got away
So I missed you now it's too late

So I missed you now it's too late to say
What could have been
Track Name: All Of Us
All of us
In the mirror
Your clear voice
Her young voice
My sad voice

All of us
In the background
Your clear voice
Her young voice
My sad voice

This old guitar turned me on
When I needed a new song
It found me, out in the hall:
Waiting my turn
Waiting to sing for a dozen dreams
Waiting to sing for ALL OF US
For those who have ears to hear
For all of us, the call is clear
In the mirror, the background
The last sound was the word

All of us
In the old house
Your cotton shirt
Her twirling dress
My dusty skirt

This long road calls me home
Oh, where will we settle down>
Circle the wagons, husbands and wives!

Lift up your voices, children, sing
While your mother plucks the strings
Lift up your voices, children sing
Before God the judgement brings

In the mirror, the background,
The old house, the last sound....
WAS A RISING

Oh, Lord
Track Name: What Kind Of Fool
What's got you worried, pretty baby?
I know your moods,
How they change like the weather
Call me a ship floating by your island
I call it like I see it, and you look like an island

I'll never take up any kind
Of real estate in your heart, will I?
What kind of fool am I?

You just don't see it -
What I see when you're down
I want to show you - the story and the sound
For love of your eyes, your voice, your spirit
I fight through the currents
And you bury my secrets

I'll never take up any kind
Of real estate in your heart, will I?
What kind of fool am I?
Track Name: Prodigal
I traveled far, far from home
Simply to find nothing there for me
I took my daddy's money
Spent it on what pleased me
Everyone loved me
They kissed my dancing feet
We slept the days and nights we roamed the streets

One night we had a feast
My friends all looked to me
When the bill came, my empty wallet sighed
Just like fools, we ran
They to another man
Me, to the furthest edge of town

Here my memory fails
In my shame I cried
I was bone weary and tired of my life
Decided to go home and swallow all my pride

Babe, the road back home
Seemed nearly twice as long as when I left
But still my feet just flew
From far off, I saw my dad,
My heaven heart it burned
But he ran and kissed me
Oh, love I don't deserve!

"Dad, I'll get to work,
and prove that I can earn
like any other man."

He just laughed and said,
"Son, I thought you dead!
You don't know my joy to have you home!"
Track Name: A Song Prayer
Lord Jesus,
Oh, ease us
Of Self that oppresses,
Annoys and distresses
Body and brain
With dull pain!
Thou never,
Since ever,
Save one moment only,
Wast left, or wast lonely:
We are alone,
And make moan.

Far parted,
Dull-hearted,
We wander, sleep-walking,
Mere shadows, dim-stalking:
Orphans we roam,
Far from home.

Oh new man,
Sole human,
God's son, and our brother,
Give each to the other--
No one left out
In cold doubt!

High Father,
Oh gather
Thy sons and thy daughters,
Through fires and through waters,
Home to the nest
Of thy breast!

There under
The wonder
Of great wings of healing,
Of love and revealing,
Teach us anew
To sing true.
Track Name: A Seaboard Song
Truly I am alone
All the world around but I’m alone
I am just a voice in a city by the sea
If no one hears my song, still I will sing

There’s nothing like songs heard in the dark
Over the dunes and out across the water
I have been looking down miles of coastline
We’ve been alone for far too long

Love, are you out there under the moon?
All the world around and so alone
You are just a voice surrounded by the sea
Will a song sung from shore bring you close to me?

There’s nothing like songs sung in the dark
The distance closing as we sing the parts
The night has given
But light is driven from the east
A voice is singing –
I recognize it from the dreams I’ve had

And you are singing “Land!”
While I am singing “Love!”
I’d know you anywhere
No, we are not alone
Track Name: As Seasons Go On
Everything I ever knew
I forgot when I first saw you
Every word flew out of my head
Starry eyed and all the rest

We were two
Jaded souls
Love was a gift
We took it and ran

A season passed
A moonlit glow
We whispered vows
And they echoed
The greatest love the world has known
Seasons passed
But ours grew cold

Two made one
Broken heart
Love was a gift
We just didn’t know how to handle it

Many moons
We came to learn
That much of love
Is grace unearned

Strangers once
Now I’ve every line
On your face memorized
As seasons go on…
Two made one
Holy life
Love is a gift
As seasons go on