DIE HAPPY

by Shaina Taub

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Divya Shaina Taub and Sreejit Poole are my favorite artists on Bandcamp! It's simply the lyricism. Shaina will rip your heart out and just message it a bit before she puts it back in your chest. Can't ask for more than that. Favorite track: HOLY OLD CITY.
Emerald35
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Emerald35 This is a wonderful record! The melodies are beautiful and infectious, and the lyrics are thought provoking and moving. The vocals are solid, both Shaina’s and the other performers she’s collaborated with. I haven’t heard anything like this in a long tine. What a uniquely talented artist!
Melanie Ida Chopko
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Melanie Ida Chopko A sweeping force of a record. Shaina's writing is pitch perfect, blazing bright in her vocal delivery and beautiful arrangements. I've been teaching Huddled Masses to all my students, and still cry singing along for the hundredth time. Favorite track: HUDDLED MASSES.
AntiBerch
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AntiBerch One of my favorite artists, I've been following her for a long time and she's never let me down yet. Favorite track: 2 CAPTAINS.
Michael Joseph Mitchell
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Michael Joseph Mitchell Shaina's brilliant writing is matched by the wit and passion of her performing chops. Her music is a force of joy and hope and change, and it has gotten me through some seriously tough times. Trust me, you NEED this album.
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1.
If I die before you You can have my records You can give my books away If I die before you You can burn my journals I don’t care what they say Don’t you cry, if I’m the first to die I’ll try to get assigned a post close by If they let me be a ghost I’ll be a friendly one, and float by you in the dark Or if I’m reincarnated as a squirrel or a pigeon I’ll find you in the park Or if they chose to let me decompose I’ll tickle your toes from underneath the ground Oh I’ll still be around If I die before you Don’t be sad for too long Nobody likes a crybaby (no, missy - nobody likes a sissy) If I die before you You have got to move on You’ll find another fly baby (yo kiddo, everybody loves a widow) Don’t be low if I’m the first to go You’ve got a funeral to throw, you know Make sure there’s a brass band Like they have in New Orleans Nobody wearing black And everybody dancing Everybody, everybody dancing Everybody, everybody dancing Everybody dancing If you die before me Should I play your records? Should I give your books away? If you die before me Wherever you end up Save me a seat I’ll be there someday I’m gonna love you to death So after my last breath I can die happy I can die happy I can die happy I can die happy
2.
There once was a little boy Who dreamed of preaching a gospel truth He lived in a country with an evil king Who was killing all the youth His family fled the country In search of freedom’s flame He was raised a refugee Jesus was his name Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses on your teeming shore Yearning to breathe free Send them all to me Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses on your teeming shore I lift my lamp beside the golden door Remember what I stand here for There once was a little girl Who dreamed of being a writer She lived in a country with an evil king Who burned people who prayed like her Her family tried to flee it To keep their kid alive Anne was raised a refugee Just her diary survived Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses on your teeming shore Yearning to breathe free Send them all to me Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses on your teeming shore I lift my lamp beside the golden door Remember what I stand here for There once was a young man Who dreamed of earning his degree He lived in a country with an evil king Who bombed his family He flew to reach our border To start his life anew He’s detained today at JFK We did not let him through Oh, let him come through Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses on your teeming shore As it’s always been Let the people in Welcome all Muslims, Christians, Jews and more Every child fleeing hate and war I lift my lamp beside the golden door And I’ll forever lift my lamp beside the golden door Remember what I stand here for
3.
The bully has taken the playground The smallest are trembling in fear Everyone’s yelling and shoving And I’m standing here I’m waiting for them to come running Aren’t they supposed to arrive? Where are the grown-ups? To save the day? Where are the grown-ups? To whisk us away? Somebody’s gotta come clean this mess off the floor Where are the grown-ups we’ve been waiting for? Where are the grown-ups? The bully is building a fortress For only his friends at the top He’s slamming the rest into lockers Please make him stop I’m looking around for an answer I thought they’d be here by now Where are the grown-ups? To make it okay? Where are the grown-ups? To show us the way? Somebody’s gotta come clean this mess off the floor Where are the grown-ups we’ve been waiting for? The kid on my lap won’t stop crying She’s scared of the man on T.V. Her small eyes are widened with worry She turns to me She’s looking for some kind of answer And now I have mine We are the grown-ups To save the day We are the grown-ups To show us the way We’re not gonna take this bully’s shit anymore And we’re the grown-ups we’ve been waiting for My god We are the grown-ups We are the grown-ups So what are we waiting for?
4.
Nevertheless Elizabeth She took the floor Then she took a breath And read without qualms A letter Coretta Scott King wrote Strom They censored her The congressmen said: ‘The Senator will take her seat.’ And all through the chamber spread heat She was warned She was given an explanation NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED Malala She wanted to be a scholar The Taliban banned Girls education She took a stand It caused a stir They got on the bus to silence her The gunman said: ‘Who is Malala?’ She bled She was warned She was given an explanation NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE If you think you've heard this before, yes, You've seen this in hashtag form, you heard it first on the Senate floor He thought he was silencing But instead he penned a hook we may be licensing Our volume he was heightening You can try to turn our track down or off, belittle or scoff But our transmittal is cyclical, generational Waves of being hushed then a crash of sound The tide of justice comes around We're gravitational We could fill all these bars on Joan of Arc Harriet Tubman Alice Paul and Rosa Parks Sonya Sotomayor, Anita Hill, Hillary Rodham, Hermione and Leia, Bessie and Nina, your mama's abuela’s mama The first female president is alive at this moment In a classroom raising her hand Standing on the shoulders of a miss on this list And Nevertheless she gonna persist NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, NEVERTHELESS, NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED SHE PERSISTED SHE PERSISTED SHE PERSISTED NEVERTHELESS
5.
FAMILY PLAN 02:48
I’m leaving the family plan It’s high time I pay my own damn phone bill Down on Atlantic Avenue At the Verizon I realize This is the last thing connecting me to you I’m leaving the family plan We decided over email Like business associates Instead of child and parent Who’s the child now? I don’t know where you’ve been living since you left I get missed calls from an unknown 802 Is it you? You got a new family plan So do I You at sixty-one And me at twenty-five Was the last time I saw you the last time I’ll see you alive? I wait at the counter I sip my water I sign the paper I’m no one’s daughter I always knew, I always knew, I always knew I never thought, I never thought, I never thought One thing I still don’t understand You were married for eight years before we were born Were you happy back then? This can’t have been the family plan
6.
I see a soldier with a gun slung on her shoulder And a grandpa with a toddler on his knee Here across the sea A siren warning blares against the call to prayer I hear a foreign and familiar harmony Here among the fossils of apostles And the remnants of descendants Where centuries are circles and eternity’s a day In this holy old city In this holy old city A cloud of smoke beyond the hilltop from a headline horror Just beyond a border from me now I do not know how to reconcile the beauty I am witnessing With all the hatred on the screen I’m scrolling down Do I kiss the ground beneath my feet Or kick the hot tin can down the old dirt street? Here in the desert where my mother wandered I am wondering In this holy old city In this holy old city Up on the roof, the mosque, the wall, the church Seem all from the same heart But down below the bloodlines boil in the sand As gods and kings demand that scrolls and slabs of stone Say if this land is their land While folks from every stripe and creed Live in hope and fear and need Peace is the common language And we’re all fluent, but speechless Peace is the common language And we’re all fluent. but speechless Peace is the common language And we’re all fluent, but speechless I am fluent, but speechless In this holy old city In this holy old city Holy old city Holy old city A group of travelers stop to photograph themselves Already desperate to remember what they’ve yet to see A girl whose face is covered by a veil is walking up ahead She looks a lot like me I will walk this ancient land I will search for what is true I will try to understand Then I will come back home to you
7.
Winterize a dirt road maze Make a fort a fortnight stay Snow begets a morning wise How immense and slight my size And why my eyes don’t recognize me here I want everywhere and nowhere as home I want every time and never all my own I want everyone and no one within range I want everything and nothing to change I want everything and nothing to change Took me three times there and back Now I’m mapless in pitch black Lay where gracious ghosts have laid Hunting for who I have made And where did I fall inside me here? I want everywhere and nowhere as home I want every time and never all my own I want everyone and no one within range I want everything and nothing to change I want everything and nothing to change Go away Go away Away away Away with me With me With me I want home I want my own I want I want I want To want To want To want To want To want To change
8.
2 CAPTAINS 02:38
I’m a ship with 2 captains One envious and insecure One gracious and sure I'm a ship with 2 captains Both keeping an uneven keel Asleep at the wheel Who will steer today? Who will steer today? Who will steer today? On my ship with 2 captains One ready for an odyssey One under the sea On my ship with 2 captains One tryin to throw an anchor down One starting to drown Who will steer today? Who will steer today? Who will steer on my ship with 2 captains? If I surrender I'm left unmoored If I mutiny They throw my head overboard They throw it overboard They throw my head overboard They throw it overboard On my ship with 2 captains One everybody loves and knows One that never shows On my ship with 2 captains What will it take to turn the tide When will I decide When will I decide Who will steer today? Who will steer today? Who will steer today? Who will steer today?
9.
OUR SOLITUDE 03:37
You don’t have to be brave You don’t have to be scared You don’t have to be broken You don’t have to be repaired You can be quiet with me You can rage You can write in blood Then rip up the page I will stand at your gate I won’t let the demons intrude I will share your silence I will guard your solitude I will share your silence I will guard your solitude You don’t have to reveal You don’t have to hide You don’t have to be near To be by my side You can fall apart And not know why You can take your time So will I Will you stand at my gate When I need my own interlude Will you share my silence? Will you guard my solitude? Will you share my silence? Will you guard my solitude? Can we travel together in parallel lines that intertwine? That intertwine? Can we travel together in parallel lines that intertwine? That intertwine? As we guard each other As we guard our solitude We will guard each other We will guard our solitude
10.
I sold your old guitar The one you gave me on my birthday The year before you left I bet you get sentimental Picturing how I’ll pass it down someday to my own kid Do you think its vintage strings will fix the things you never did? For years your old guitar laid against my wall unplayed As I waited for amends you haven’t made I remember how you used to Take it with you in a fit of rage and drive away Gone drinking with your friends I lost count of the times you walked out on us But you could never bear to leave your old guitar I considered smashing it into a thousand pieces As though the shattered wood would give me peace of mind But I’m so tired of destruction at the hands of my own kind I couldn’t keep inheriting your hard case of regret I couldn’t keep resenting every unforgiven fret So I’ve accepted your apology I’m never gonna get And I sold your old guitar So I sold your old guitar I hope it’s somewhere in the backseat of a car Riding far away Far away From me
11.
ON THE HEAVIEST DAY, ON THE BITTEREST NIGHT STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE WHEN I’M TIRED AND HUNGRY AND WE’RE IN A FIGHT STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE AS WE CHANGE AND WE GROW, AS WE RIPEN AND ROT STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE WHEN NOTHING TURNS OUT QUITE THE WAY THAT WE THOUGHT STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE YOU WHEN I’M SCARED TO LAY BARE ALL THE PAIN IN MY CHEST STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE AT OUR BRAVEST AND WEAKEST, OUR WORST AND OUR BEST STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE WHEN WE LOSE ALL OUR HAIR AND OUR TEETH AND OUR MINDS STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE WHEN THE SCENERY FALLS AND I MESS UP MY LINES STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE I MAKE A PROMISE (I MAKE A PROMISE) I MAKE A VOW (I MAKE A VOW) TO MYSELF, TO YOU, TO EVERYONE RIGHT NOW WHEN THE WORLD TRIES TO TEAR US APART AT THE SEAMS WHEN LIFE MAKES IT HARD TO KEEP CHASING OUR DREAMS WHEN WE’RE MESSY AND WEEPY AND FEEBLE AND OLD WHEN WE DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE STILL I WILL LOVE YOU
12.
INEVITABLE 03:29
As the summer will await As the subway will be late Inevitable My love for you As the young ones run away As the old ones smile and say Inevitable My love for love for you Birthdays, taxes Sun in your eyes Mondays, goodbyes With you, fact is I never question why the whiskey will relieve Why a child will just believe Inevitable My love Oh, my love With you, fact is I never question why Too linearly run my veins Circularly it remains Inevitable My love for you

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released March 12, 2018

Produced by Shaina Taub, Mike Brun and Dean Sharenow
Recorded by Dean Sharenow at Vibromonk, Brooklyn
Mixed/Mastered by Dean Sharenow at Steel Cut Audio, Brooklyn
Assistant Engineer: Alex Conroy
Piano Technician: Mike Miccio

Album Cover Design by Sun Queen Designs
Photography by Shervin Lainez

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