Siren's Song

by Tatiana Bookbinder

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The creation of Siren's Song has been a long process and a complex journey to say the least, and I am happy to see it come to fruition and be released into the world. I hope you all enjoy it!!

For anyone who is feeling doubt, anxiety, stress, guilt, or grief;
or feeling lost at sea, like the waters are troubled
and you just can't breathe,
please remember that love, hope, and help can be found all around
if you let them in, and believe.

xoxo

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released May 4, 2019

Vocals & Banjo: Tatiana Bookbinder
Music & Lyrics composed by Tatiana Bookbinder
Recorded May/June 2018 - Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Recorded & Mixed by Adam Muñoz, Mastered by Ken Lee

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Tatiana Bookbinder San Francisco, California

I am a Singer-Songwriter & play banjo, piano, & saxophone. Musical Influences: Fiona Apple, Kathleen Battle, the Carter Family, Elizabeth Cotton, Cass Elliot, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Etta James, Anna Netrebko, Dolly Parton, Ola Belle Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Peggy & Pete Seeger, Grace Slick, Chavela Vargas, Gershwin, Woody Guthrie, Marty Robbins, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jefferson Airplane +... ... more

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Track Name: Take The High Road
Take the high road when you can
There’s no greater feeling than to know where you stand
And just in case you have some doubt, it’s okay to scream and get it out
Tolerate the pain, but make no mistake, before you throw up your hand
Take the high road when you can
Yes, take the high road when you can

Go the distance before it’s too late
There’s no better feeling than knowing you did great
Working hard will pay off in the end
And success will be your greatest friend
Give it all you’ve got and take your best shot
Leave no decision up to fate
Go the distance before it’s too late
And take the high road when you can

And take the high road when you can

Life can be rough and tough and hard
We get injured and wounded and scarred
Sometimes we trust too much, and it’s easy to hold a grudge
But before you give in, and let your anger kick in
A lesson learned can be a great start
‘Cause life can be rough and tough and hard
So take the high road when you can

Do the best to maintain yourself
We all sometimes need a little help
‘Cause Iagos can come in too close,
And to lose our cool would be a great show
Keep your cards close and give them enough rope
To hang themselves so high
And all the while, maintain yourself
And take the high road when you can

And take the high road when you can

Take the high road when you can
There’s no greater feeling than to know where you stand
And just in case you have some doubt, it’s okay to scream and get it out
Tolerate the pain, but make no mistake, before you throw up your hand
Take the high road when you can
Track Name: Stay If You Care
Stay if you care
Show me you want to, show me you’re true
You treat me so kind, you feed me these lines
But if you are so true
Stay if you care

Stay if you care
It may not always be the easiest way
There will be moments when you won’t want to stay
But before you jump to conclusions
Here is my one solution
Stay if you care

Stay if you care
I can tell you this all I want
I know that sometimes love’s just not enough
But if your mind is made up
I’ll let you leave ‘cause I’ll know
It’ll be too late for me to say
Stay if you care

There are times when it’s gonna be hard
And I may not think it’s in the cards
For us to be together
But I’ll try just the same

There are times when it’s gonna be hard
And I may not think it’s in the cards
I’ll work and play no games
Just meet me halfway, Love, please?

Stay if you care

Stay if you care
It saddens me that you’re so easily bought
That you won’t give this a real shot
That when the going gets tough
And the hard becomes too rough
You leave without considering us

I hope you remember, my Love
My words, my truth, my trust
That I worked to be not just me, but us
And to you I laid myself bare
To you I did declare, please
Stay if you care
Track Name: Don't Look At Me
Don’t look at me
I’ve seen that look before
I know that look so well
Those lingering glances
Stand no chances with me

I see you see me
“Pretty” you call me
But I know once I show you
What’s inside of me
You will leave

Don’t speak to me so sweet
When your tongue was wrapped up
In someone else’s fun
Late last night
And as you quietly compliment me
And touch me, oh so sly,
I can hear her tears
Haunting her for years to come
Because your fun was more important
Than her love

Although I can admit
That I like you just a bit
I know not to act on it
This is a web in which I don’t care to be entangled

So don’t put me on your line
Trust me, I’ll be fine
Between two points a straight line works better than a triangle

So don’t look at me like that
I’ve seen that look before
I know that look so well
Those lingering glances
Stand no chances with me

I see you see me
“Pretty” you call me
But I know once I show you
What’s inside of me
You will leave

Once again, as before
One more time, less feeling
One more time it ends
And starts all over again
So for the record
Don’t look at me
Yes, no, please
Don’t look at me
Track Name: You Don't Get To Know Me Anymore
You don’t get to know me anymore
You don’t get to say hi
You don’t get to say ‘bye
I don’t have to hear your lies
I don’t have to watch you cry
You made your bed by walking out that door
And furthermore,
You don’t get to know me anymore

You don’t get to know me anymore
Boy, stop crawling ‘round my space
Get your nosiness out of my face
You lost your shot and all you had with me
When you said you couldn’t marry me, oh boy
You made your bed by walking out that door
And furthermore,
You don’t get to know me anymore

This is how it works, kiddo
What don’t you comprehend?
When you call your lady old and fat
You can’t really think we’d be friends after that
I gave it all I got
And I opened up my heart
Not knowing you had those deadlines
And hidden agendas right from the start

You don’t get to know me anymore
You don’t get to say hi
You don’t get to say ‘bye
I won’t listen to all of your lies
And I certainly won’t pity you when you cry
You made your bed by walking out that door
You sealed your fate by telling me, “No more.”
So without bitter adieu, and furthermore,
You don’t get to know me anymore
Track Name: My Heart Hurts A Little
My heart hurts a little when I see you from afar
And I can’t say hi
And you just walk by
My heart hurts a little, and I cry a little

Knowing I knew you and will know you no more
Stealing a glance when I have the chance
As you stand close by, not quite knowing why
And wishing you would try
I’ve seen you before, but I’ll know you no more

Tell me when you knew, that you and me were through
Did you know right away that you did not want to stay
You vanished without a clue
Oh tell me, Darling Blue
Tell me when you could tell that we were through

I hope you’ve moved on, that you’re content and well
You couldn’t be better, no stormy weather
On the horizon, no spell of sickness
Good health, some pleasure
You’re getting down to business...
But you’re malcontent, but why
Does your heart hurt just like mine, just like mine

Don’t need to say it, but I do
You didn’t need to leave, it wasn’t about you
But you jumped the gun and missed your mark
And left me cruelly in the dark...
You’re malcontent, but why
Did you hear that lonesome whistle cry
And suddenly realize
That we were through
Because of you, it was you

My heart hurts a little, because of you
When I see you from afar
And I can’t say hi ‘cause we’re through
And you just walk by
My heart hurts a little, and I cry
Because of you, because we’re through
It was you, it was you
And now we’re through
Track Name: When Will We Learn
I’m sorry I had to meet you under such tragic circumstances today
I wish we could have met at another time
Another place, some other way
But unfortunately, it’s not
This is all that we’ve got
I’m watching you bury your son today

I’m sorry I couldn’t do more for him in the moment he needed it most
The bullet pierced his flesh
Blood erupted from his chest
A fate neither of us chose
So here we stand today
In this gruesome, tragic way
I’m watching you bury your son today

This is not something I’m supposed to see
When will they learn?
This is not something I’m supposed to see
When will we learn?

I knew him in the last few moments of his life
I hope that he was sweet and kind and nice
Neither of us knew that when the gunman fired
We would all be scattered and lost and shattered and tossed around on the ground
As the chaos ensued and we didn’t know what to do but we knew we might die today
So I fell on my knees to pray that today was not my day
As bodies fell left and right, and he happened to fall as I fought for my life
While lifeless he fell on to me

This is not something I’m supposed to see
When will they learn?
This is not something I’m supposed to see
When will we learn?

Condolences were offered, prayers were sent
Well-wishes were given away
But I’m sorry, Ma’am, I don’t understand
What good any of that does now

I’m sorry for your loss
Keep clutching your cross
As your son is laid in his grave

I’m sorry for your loss
I’ll keep clutching the cross
As I watch you bury your son today

As your son is laid in his grave
I’m watching you bury your son today
Yes, I’m watching you bury your son today
Track Name: This Too Shall Pass
Hard times will come
And hard times will go
But nothing ever lasts
As the saying goes
The one we all know,
“And this too shall pass.”

Your head may hurt
Your heart may be full
Of nothing but sorrow and pain
But nothing ever lasts
As the saying goes,
“And this too shall pass.”

Chorus:
You may feel overwhelming pleasure
You may reap what you sow
But all the joy in this world is measured
You can never hold on, so let go

Fruit can be ripe
For only so long
Before the winter comes
So savor the flavor
Enjoy it while you can
In time it too shall pass

You may find
Coal in your stocking
But it’s only once a year
The love of your life
May have sweetness in his eyes
But his eyes they too shall close

Chorus

In the time we shared
You taught me so much
You gave me a reason to love
You made me believe
You gave me a dream
I smiled again as I loved

This moment, right now
Is all we have to keep
So cherish it before it flees
My time with you
I know cannot last
I’ll love you, even as you leave

Chorus

I’m glad to know
My heart still works
It’s nice to feel again
I slept and I wept
I cried and I sighed
But at least I know I’m alive

This moment, right now
Is all we have to keep
So cherish it before it flees
My time with you
I know will not last
I’ll love you, even when you leave

Chorus
Track Name: The Autumn Song
Pumpkins, pumpkins
It’s that time of year again
Take me down the highway
Enjoy the long ride all the way
See the barns and scarecrows full of hay
‘Cause autumn is starting today

Pumpkins, pumpkins
Folks have all gathered to judge them
Those round and orange ornamental gourds
Are all being carved and weighed
‘Cause autumn is starting today

Calabazas, calabazas
Hora de comer
Viaje a un festival
A beber un café
A comer un pastel
Para celebrar otoño hoy

Pumpkins, pumpkins
You’ll find their flavor and love them
In coffee, pies, in soups and stews
In cookies, candies, even pancakes too
It’s all you can eat, all night and day
‘Cause autumn is starting today

Pumpkins, pumpkins
Farmers are known to grow them
So come on down to see the parade
Those ornamental gourds are here to stay
In our wonderful town, on this wonderful day
‘Cause autumn is starting today

Calabazas, calabazas
Decoradas y pintadas
Muy sonriente, un gruñón
Ojos grandes, un montón
Las encuentran sólo en otoño

Come on down, come one, come all
All the writing is all on the wall
Autumn is here, we welcome Fall
The farmers are all having a ball
With all these pumpkins on display,
Autumn is starting today
Track Name: Let Me In
Let me in
I promise I won’t hurt you, let me in
I just want to get to know you, let me in
I hope you can tell I only mean well
Please, let me in

Let me in
Return to me so sweetly, let me in
Let me touch you so tenderly, let me in
We’ll take long walks, have later longer talks
Just please, let me in

Let me in
No need to be afraid of me, let me in
Don’t worry about what to do with me, let me in
Trust me and I’ll trust you, I already do
So please, let me in.

Let me in
I hope you don’t mind I want to get to know your mind, Dear
Please try to unwind and remember all of our good times, Dear
I’ve given you plenty of time to decide, Dear
Don’t lock me out, forget your doubts
Let me in

Let me in
Let’s open up to each other, let me in
Remember to forgive one another, let me in
We start and stop so fast, we both arrive at last
Please, let me in

Let me in
We know we’ve both seen better days, let me in
I know I cannot change your ways, let me in
But I’m willing to give this a try, on that you can rely
So please, let me in

Let me in
Don’t close off your mind to me, let me in
You can be vulnerable with me, let me in
I mean you no harm, please don’t be alarmed
Just please, let me in.

Let me in
No more endless sleepless nights for us, Dear
Anticipating long and longer fights, Dear
Let’s be clear, we’re both better than that, Dear
So don’t lock me out, forget your doubts
Let me in

Let me in
Allow me to introduce myself
I am one who knows you so well
And I know you know me too, at least you used to
So please, let me in

Let me in
I promise I won’t hurt you, let me in
I just want to get to know you again
I hope you can tell, I only mean well
So please, let me in
Please, let me in
Let me in
Track Name: I Like Waking Up Next To You
Going to sleep I don't know if I'll awake
So I dream the next day I'll awake and you'll be true
I like waking up next to you
I like waking up next to you

Some nights I stay up late just so I won't miss a beat
And some nights I'll have a nightcap, and still get no sleep
Insomnia is my friend and sweet dreams are my bitter end
To an endless, restless night. Goodnight, Sleep tight

And when the moon turns away, and decides not to stay
Don't interrupt my slumber, I'll sleep some more
Death and sleep are brothers and from one to another
I'm not sure which one I'll come away from

And in the morning as the sun, it livens my soul
It brightens my sleep and it ends my dreams
I feel safest knowing you're right there holding me close
Just keeping me warm, shielding me from life's storms

And as the day arrives, and life begins again
I am thankful for, forever grateful for you, for you
I like waking up next to you.

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