Talia Paul

Talia Paul

BandFolkAcoustic

A choice blend of 'rootsy folk-pop' with evocative lyrics, soulful vocals and melodies, unique arrangements. Influences include Lucinda Williams, Ani Di Franco, Shawn Colvin, Eliza Gilkyson, Dar Williams...

Biography

Born in the east village of Manhattan, raised in Rochester, NY and Aspen, Colorado, Talia incorporates a wide variety of influences into her work. Having had the good fortune to grow up in a musical household, Talia began writing songs and stories at an early age.

Long summers in Aspen (before it became Beverly Hills) brought out cowgirl ways, and put in her ear the sounds of old country Hank Williams, George Jones, Loretta Lynn...combined with the classical, folk, and jazz of the Aspen Music Festival. Talia wrangled horses, guided rides up the Colorado Rockies, barrel raced in the local rodeos, and soaked up the all the sounds around her. Back in New York, Talia ditched her piano lessons and selected the Tuba at age nine. She played for over ten years and toured Europe as the tubist for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

As a performing songwriter, Talia Paul has performed at a variety of venues nationally & internationally including Largo, Luna Park, The Roxy, and The Alligator Lounge in Los Angeles; The Knitting Factory, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Arlene Grocery in NYC, in addition to clubs in over 20 cities across the country and beyond, such as Austin, Nashville, Atlanta, and San Pedro Island, Belize. She received recognition from Billboard magazine for her song "Taxicabs", and was selected by Star 98.7 FM in Los Angeles to perform along with Sarah McLachlan at the El Rey Theatre in an event sponsored by Lilith Fair. Talia has performed with a variety of artists, including Shawn Mullins, Glen Phillips, Andrew Hyra, Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, John Denver, and Lisa Loeb.

Her songs are featured in several motion pictures, including the hit movie "Two Ninas", directed by Neil Turitz, "Love Happens", directed by Tony Cookson, and "Cowgirls", a documentary by Sally Clark. Talia performs her original songs locally and nationally, in addition to composing and performing music for features, shorts, and documentaries. Her two critically acclaimed releases Trails End and Light Will Come, are available now via http://cdbaby.com/taliapaul.

Lyrics

All The Water

Written By: Talia Paul

All The Water
©1994 Talia Paul (BMI)

Why do you choose to wear cement shoes swimming in the sea
why do you try to always get yourself by when you could lean on me

I see you are hungry, I see you are proud
I see you are slowly losing yourself in the crowd
What can I do

For you I have three wishes and if they don’t come true what will I do but
Gather all the water from my wishing well and give it all to you

You say you’re the king of pain, ok you wear the crown (but)
You would shed a tear my dear, if you knew how many times you let me down

You said you used up all your wishes and none of them came true
What will you do
So you used up all your wishes

You get more than three if you ask me

I gather all the water from my wishing well and give it all to you

Let You In

Written By: Talia Paul

Let You In
©1998-2008 Talia Paul (BMI)

We were walking by the riverside
I wasn’t looking for a place to hide
We were smiling in the sun
We were laughing and having fun but

I hid my deeper self inside

I don’t show this place to just anyone
Wait a minute- yes, I do
I show this place to everyone but you

I’m a live wire and you’re a genius
You saw through my apathy
You saw through my meanness and

I let you in

Everything moves me, is it any wonder
I pray for rain and I run from the thunder, say
I won’t fall in love, then I always fall

But I won’t fall in love with my doctor
In everyone lives the cause and the cure
Don’t fall in love with the songwriter
In everyone lives a song and it’s more than you know

So much deeper than we go

You’re a live wire and I’m a genius;
I see through your apathy, see through your meanness and

I let you in

We were walking by the riverside
'Guess I was looking for a place to hide
We were smiling in the sun
We were laughing and having fun

Alberta

Written By: Talia Paul


He was born in Alberta from a town I’d never heard of
‘Never knew his daddy, kept his mama’s name

And a picture in his wallet of a family if you can call it that
‘gave him some comfort and some shame

at age fifteen he went traveling found some horses went to saddlin’
rode the Oregon Trail until it snowed

On a red roan named Kentucky feeling blessed feeling lucky
Heading West until the salt air made his skin glow

Don’t it feel good to be alive?
Ain’t felt this free since he was five years old

Then he hitched to Arizona with a six pack of his own-a
Moon shinin’ on the dash
And he found himself in Tuscon with a guitar and a blues song
‘Played the bars awhile and made some cash, well

I met him down on fifth street he was shirtless, drunk and deadbeat but
He talked of Sanskrit deities and holy things

He said will you tell me a story, of your hard times and glory?
I gave him a few bars for free

Don’t it feel good to be alive?
Ain’t felt this free since I was five years old
Don’t it feel good to be alive?

He said I know what you think- I’m just a bum that you met but
You, I will never forget

I said we’re all bums and saints; nothin’ in you that I ain’t
He smiled in a way that made me feel whole

He said yeah we’re all saints and sinners and
I’m just tryin’ to get some dinner so- do you have fifty cents?

I gave him a quarter it was what I could spare-
We stood awhile in the cooling August air and

I looked back to see the deli owner
Sitting on his milk crate corner- sighing in relief

No drug deals no trouble, just a few gems in the rubble
4am near Tompkins Square
no drug deals no trouble, just a few gems in the rubble
4am near Tompkins Square Park

Don’t it feel good to be alive?

Stream

Written By: Joseph Saba/Talia Paul

Come and take me by surprise
Wipe the daydreams from your eyes
All tomorrow’s promises swept away

Blink your eyes under the sun
This will come to everyone
There is light in distant stars
Now won’t you

Stream, stream into me
I can’t wait any longer
I can’t wait to be stronger

Stream, stream into me
I can’t wait any longer no
I can’t wait to be stronger now

Discography

Trails End, 2001
Light Will Come, 2002
Some streaming & radio

Set List

Typical set is about an hour.
Mostly originals:

All The Water
If We Choose
White Horse
Heart of the Holder
Workingman's Blues
Bethlehem, PA
Borrowed Horses
Carrie
Taillights
All The Sweeter
Waking The World
Let You In
Alberta
Big Yellow Taxi
Sleepwalking
Cowgirl
Gas Money