Gabriel Tajeu

Gabriel Tajeu

 Chelsea, Alabama, USA
BandR&BAlternative

“I think that most of the content of my album is about searching. Searching for love, for my place in this world, for reasons why love goes bad, for my purpose – what it is and what it is not, for my path.” - Gabriel Tajeu

Biography

In addition to the searching he does lyrically, Gabriel Tajeu is also searching for a new sound. He was raised listening to all types of music from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. During his teenage years he started to listen to R&B legends from Luther Vandross to Brian McKnight. It is R&B that has had the largest influence on his vocal styling. The way he sings, phrases his vocals, and adds harmonies to his music are all influenced heavily by the genre. However, It is the music that I found late in my college years and recently that has had the most profound impact on my current songwriting, chord progressions, and song structure. Musicians like Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Van Hunt, Joni Mitchell, DAngelo, Brett Dennen, and Elvis Costello have begun to creep into my consciousness. The way they write music is different in some ways than the artists I grew up listening toTheir lyrical sensibility, rock and roll affect, and sometimes unpredictable song structure is something that I am trying to incorporate into my music and aspire to as a songwriter.

Lyrics

Raindrops

Written By: Gabriel Tajeu

(Verse)
Gotta work this thing out
Out of my system
Find something else
Some kind of resistance
Managed not to find my
Way for some time now
Only taught myself some
Sort of tainted way to live

(Chorus)
So til raindrops stop
Don’t you know
I’ll stay inside
And I won’t come out into the storm
Til raindrops stop
Don’t you know
I’ll stay inside
And I won’t come out into the storm

(Verse)
Oh it’s been far too long
Since I’ve seen a rainbow
Cause the sun you know
It don’t shine for me
So if you’re listening
I wanna let you know
That the truth ain’t always
Quite what it seems

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
So I, yeah
I gotta let this go
I gotta get over
This bump in my road
So if you’re listening
I wanna let you know
That the truth ain’t always (It ain’t always)
Quite what it seems

(Drum break)

(Chorus)

Darling Please

Written By: Gabriel Tajeu

(Verse)
She came to me
Out of nowhere just like I could never see
She brought a sense
Of contentment cool as a summer breeze

(Pre chorus)
But she ain’t sure
What she wants
She never stays too long in one place
But I don’t mind
I’ll take what I can
Get whenever I can get it

(Chorus)
Darlin’ please
Darlin’ please
Don’t play these games with me
Darlin’ please
Darlin’ please
Don’t play these games with me

(Verse)
She takes the weight
Off of my shoulders she makes it easy to breathe
I’ve never felt
So amazing I’ve never felt so free

(Pre chorus)
But I ain’t sure
She’s what I need
Cause she never stays too long in one place
But I don’t mind
I’ll take what I can
Get whenever I can get it

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Cause I might
Be too far gone this time
I just might
Be too high to come back down

(Instrumental break)

(Chorus)

Weight of the World

Written By: Gabriel Tajeu

(Verse)
Weight of the world
Planted squarely on your back
Try as you may
You can’t get a second back
And your tattoos
Don’t make you stand out from the pack
And your income
Don’t make you better that’s a fact

(Chorus)
Still you’ll paint your picture
Just the way you want it
And you’ll try to color your skies blue
But it makes no difference
That your castle may be haunted
You’ll still go on living like you do

(Verse)
Maybe, but I
Don’t think you’re getting quite what I mean
To say because I’ve
Still got a lot of regrettin’ it seems
And I’ve been told
That if I looked hard enough I’d see
But I’ve been lookin’ pretty hard and I
I can’t see nothin’ it seems

(Chorus 2)
So I’ll paint my picture
Just the way I want it
And I’ll try to color my skies blue
But it makes no difference
That my castle may be haunted
I’ll still go on living like I do

(Instrumental break)

(Alternate Verse)
And it’s much too easy
To think about how things used to be
But it’s much too costly
Living in times other than these

(Chorus 2)

Self-Righteous

Written By: Gabriel Tajeu

(Verse)
Needn’t I guess
Move to, the other side of town
Cuase you’re shadow it may be
Gone right now, but it’s sure to follow me somehow

(Chorus)
But, self righteous as you are
Self righteous as you are
You can say, you never did me wrong

Self righteous as I am
Self righteous as I am
I can say, I never did you wrong

Ooohs

(Verse)
It’s a pity to me that,
You and I, couldn’t walk along the same road
End up where we’d dreamed
About, I guess all fairy tales they come to a close

Chorus

Ooohs

Instrumental bridge

(Verse)
So I don’t guess,
That you would like, to try this thing over again
End up where we’d dreamed
About, I don’t want this fairy tale to ever end

Chorus

Discography

Finding My Way:
Rain Drops
Self-Righteous
Darling Please
I’ll Take What She Gives
Patience
Something It Ain’t
And I Say
Weight of the World
How Do I Tell Her
Why Should I
All I Want Is You
Doin’ Just Fine

Set List

(Order Varies):

Rain Drops
Self-Righteous
Darling Please
I’ll Take What She Gives
Patience
Something It Ain’t
And I Say
Weight of the World
How Do I Tell Her
Why Should I
All I Want Is You
Doin’ Just Fine