Open Road Blues

by Tara Shupe and the Ponies

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To kiss you goodbye there in the desert To let your ghost fly, leave the corpses to dust To loosen the grip on the story you left me In silence I'm learning to be in the hush If I could call it what it is Search through the pieces for poems I'd write you a thousand versus Etching out what's beyond flesh and bone Could not have known the depth of the damage That I'd hear the echos of years in your throat That you were a shimmering desert oasis With miles left for walking to learn what I wrote What is the symbol for my love Laid out in language and form Prose in the columns and steeples Is meaning the world's or my own To tell it one way Just holds down the edges and colors the days Build a monument to time By your gravity or by mine Fly through till morning the summer is calling Night worn like a cloak in the desert heat But I will embrace the changing seasons With my winter wisdom I will set you free But I'll always be sending my blessings From the path that you sent me down Towards dreams that you illuminated Your light's in the life that I've found And you'll always be part of the sound of me
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It's going to take a little time Take a little time To come back from places I wandered in darkness The mountains and the storms The monsters and the thorns The saints and the demons The fear is in dying Chorus: It's taking me down again And all I have are your songs in the night Songs in the night All of these clumsy words And the chords you could play To bring me out in the light of the day Beauty shines on me Lovers can't you see Words pinned on to a page What would you call it That magical refrain That counters all the pain When hope once suspended Comes pouring down like rain Chorus: It's taking me down again And all I have are your songs in the night Songs in the night All of these clumsy words And the chords you could play To bring me out in the light of the day
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We gather stones to count the days Magic never will betray the secrets The secrets Inside the heavy walls of years A fortress could not hold back tears Or shadows taking pieces of you Every day the world outside Has you swallowing your pride We had it coming If in their hearts they say they wept Surely as the sun will set They'll be taking pieces of you Chorus: But if it's you telling the story Tell of all the ways you see the view Tell of the harrow and the glory Tell the moments where your heart comes through You find your faith in what you make Always live for beauty's sake You can't see the end now But hold on to the light you know Waiting for the truth to show in all of the answers to the whys Grace will shine down through the window And show the way to sky Find the threshold you can take All that's lost and could be gained In just believing You can see the light shine through All the cracks and lead us to Keep gathering the pieces of you Chorus: But if it's you telling the story Tell of all the ways you see the view Tell of the harrow and the glory Tell the moments where your heart comes through
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The shame in feeling so much pain When I hear your name After all this time Dissolves a world of empires gained The loss is still the same A child with your eyes Am I lacking something pure A sickness with no cure A memory that is a lie I sing the broken record blues A memory so cruel A hymn to fill the shrine Come back my love We have survived the worst of it Come back my love To open road and endless sky The language to describe my sorrow To give all my tomorrows Is locked inside a mission vague and shifting It's a promise held inside a feeling It's a wound that's healing if only for today Silence is a weapon you wield Marks the tomb that you sealed But I will dance with the dead They tell secrets of the life we're missing The love we kept from giving Because we were afraid Come back my love We have survived the worst of it Come back my love To open road and endless sky Don't need you to call it over Punctuate it with a moral Drifting on the endless tide As long as it is wide In the practice comes the being I will stop retreating There is bravery in shouting out your sins The falling maybe it's the calling How we find the meaning in the win So come back my love We have survived the worst of it Come back my love To open road and endless sky

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released May 1, 2020

Tara Shupe: Guitar, Vocals
Megan Michelle Nay: Violin, Vocals
Daron Shupe: Banjo
Matt Ligman: Bass
Drums: Bart Olson
Mixed/Mastered: Daniel Young
Recorded at Orchard Studio in North Salt Lake, UT
Album Cover Photo: Jared Mendenhall

All songs written and produced by Tara Shupe, BMI

℗ Prairie Root Records

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Tara Shupe Salt Lake City, Utah

A lifetime immersed in bluegrass, old-time, and American roots music influences the multi-instrumental Tara Shupe in her thoughtful arrangements of old-standards and originals.

Starting first on mandolin at age 4 then taking up fiddle, guitar, and recently banjo throughout her extensive career,
Tara's first solo album features her strong instrumentation on achingly personal, yet timely songs.
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