Tanya Mae

Tanya Mae

 Orlando, Florida, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

In 2007 I began combining my love of music and writing to better express my feelings about the people and situations that impact my life. This has resulted in a unique, honest, eclectic style of songwriting that people connect with on a basic level. We've all been there, or know someone who has!

Biography

Tanya Mae is an insightful songwriter who has been inspired over the years by many genres of music, from Classical to Heavy Metal and everything in between. When asked what her favorite music is, she answers, "Good music." When asked what kind of music she writes, she says, "Tanya Music." As a lyricist she has been most inspired by Carol King, Karen Carpenter, James Taylor, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, John Denver, Kris Kristopherson, and so many more. She says, "I still have a lot to say that is fresh and relevant today. Music has always been the medium of choice for expressing myself. Why let the youngsters have all the fun." Tanya found at an early age that she loved to express herself through the written word as well as musically and has been writing poetry for many years. It was a natural progression when in 2007 she began combining her love of music and writing to better express her feelings about the people and situations that impact her life. This has resulted in a unique, honest, eclectic style of songwriting that people connect with on a basic level. She says, "People seem to find a common thread in my music that they can relate to. We've all been there, or know someone who has!"

Since 2007 Tanya has been associated with and singing with several local Orlando, Florida bands. She has been encouraged, influenced, and mentored by many fine, local musicians and songwriters. In February of 2010 Tanya partnered with Les Landrum, an excellent guitarist/musician and the leader of the Les B. More Band who arranges and performs the instrumental portions of their songs. Tanya and Les share the lead and background vocals and collaborate lyrically as well. They have copyrighted four songs together so far and are feverishly working to complete several more. Les says, "Tanya is always writing. It's hard to keep up with her. She always has a new song that she's working on."

Lyrics

The Bar Stool

Written By: Tanya Mae Mandigo

THE BAR STOOL
(by: Tanya Mae Mandigo (Music, Lyrics, Lead Vocals) and Les Lee Landrum (Guitar Arrangement, Guitar Performance, Back-up Vocals)
Copyright 2010

D
Vrs: He’s sat on that stool, romancing that cue
C G
Seems damn near half of his life.
G D
He dreams of the days when life was still sweet
A D
And his manhood was still realized.

D
Vrs: This hole-in-the-wall, with its neon signs,
C G
where everyone knows his name,
G D
is his hiding place, his saving grace,
A D
and the only thing keeping him sane.

G D
Chr: Here in the arms of his bottle of beer,
A D
in the solace of pool and good tunes,
G D
he can drift through the smoke and the jokes and the jeers,
A D
and forget that his life is in ruins.

D
Vrs: He whistles along with his favorite song,
C G
and he shuffles some steps as he does.
G D
He pretends time’s un-wound as he stares at the ground,
A D
And that he’s still the man that he was.

THE BAR STOOL
(Pg. 2)

D
Vrs: He tries not to think, so he takes one more drink,
C G
and a drag on his smoke of the night.
G D
Someone shouts ‘cross the bar, “How ya doin’ ole buddy?”
A D
He lies and says, “I’m doin’ al-right.”

G D
Chr: So he sits on that barstool, romancing that brew,
A D
pretending everything is al-right.
G D
In the arms of his beer and the smoke and the tunes,
A D
He makes it through just one more night.

D
Vrs: Then comes the day when that barstool is empty.
C G
The pool stick, it leans on the wall.
G D
A couple of times someone asks, “Have ya seen him?”
A D
The answer comes, “No, not at all.”

G D
Chr: But, it doesn’t take long in this hole-in-the-wall
A D
‘till no one remembers his face.
G D
But, there on that barstool, romancing that same brew,
A D
someone has taken his place.

THE BAR STOOL
(Pg. 3)

G D
Chr: No it doesn’t take long in this hole-in-the-wall
A
‘till no one remembers his face.
G D
But, there on that barstool, romancing that same brew,
A D
someone has taken his place
A D
But, no one remembers his face.

In Your Arms Tonight

Written By: Tanya Mae Mandigo and Les Landrum

IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT
(by: Tanya Mae Mandigo and Les Lee Landrum)
Copyright 2010

Intro: 8 measures / Am / Am / G / D / Am / Am / G / D /

Am
Vrs: THREE NIGHTS THERE AND FOUR NIGHTS HERE

D
I SURE DO MISS YOU DEAR

Am
FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS OF WORK TO DO

D
TILL I GET BACK TO YOU

G Am
Chr: BUT IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M LYING HERE TONIGHT

G Am
IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M IN YOUR ARMS TO-NIGHT

Am
Vrs: LONG HOT DAYS AND LONELY NIGHTS

D
CAN’T WAIT TO DOUSE THE LIGHTS

Am
ONE NIGHT DOWN THREE MORE TO GO

D
TILL I’M KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR

IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT
(Pg. 2)

G Am
Chr: BUT IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M LYING HERE TONIGHT

G Am
IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT

Guitar
Solo: 16 measures / Am / Am / G / D / Am / Am / G / D /
/ Am / Am / G / D / Am / Am / G / D /

Am
Vrs: CLOSE MY EYES AND THINK OF YOU

D
THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO

Am
RESTLESS DREAMS, THE CLOCK WON’T MOVE

D
GET BACK UP TURN ON THE TUBE

G Am
Chr: BUT IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M LYING HERE TONIGHT

G Am
IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT

IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT
(Pg. 3)

G Am
Chr: IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M LYING HERE TONIGHT

G Am
IT’S AL-RIGHT

G Am
‘CAUSE I’M IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT

Guitar: 8 measures to end / Am / Am / G / D / Am / Am / G / D /

Where The Sidewalk Ends

Written By: Tanya Mae Mandigo

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
(By: Tanya Mae Mandigo and Les Lee Landrum)
Copyright 2010

G
Intro: The hustle and bustle of this city life
C G
Has my heart and my soul in a spin.
G C
I’m feelin’ so low, I just want to go
Am D G
Out past where the sidewalk ends.

G
Chr: Dreamin’ of home, dreamin’ of heartland,
C G
dreamin’ of days gone by.
G
Dreamin’ of memories that pull at your heartstrings.
Am D
Dreamin’ of life passin’ by.
G
I got memories of brothers and sisters and cousins.
C G
Memories of family and friends.
G C
It’s my American dream. It’s my way of life,
Am D G
out past where the sidewalk ends.

G
Vrs 1; Everybody always did there part.
C G
There was plenty of work to do.
G
From the oldest, gray-haired grandma.
Am D
Down to a babe of two.

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
(Pg. 2)

G
Vrs 2: On your knees pullin’ weeds in the garden.
C G
Haulin’ hay bails up that hill.
G
Cookin’ on the old wood-burnin’ stove.
Am D
Ya know, we always got our fill.

G
Vrs 3: There were cold mornin’ trips to the out-house,
C G
And baths in a big steel tub.
G
Carryin’ water in a dented old bucket.
Am D
There were piglets playin’ in the mud.

G
Chr: Yes, I’m dreamin’ of home, dreamin’ of heartland,
C G
dreamin’ of days gone by.
G
Dreamin’ of memories that pull at your heartstrings.
Am D
Dreamin’ of life passin’ by.
G
I got memories of brothers and sisters and cousins.
C G
Memories of family and friends.
G C
It’s my American dream. It’s my way of life,
Am D G
out past where the sidewalk ends.

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
(Pg. 3)

G
Vrs 4: Summertime dances at the grange hall.
C G
The old Omak Stampede.
G
Picnics down by the river.
Am D
Barrel racin’ at break-neck speed.

G
Vrs 5: Helpin’ your neighbors was a givin’.
C G
When ya needed they always helped you.
C G
No modern-day toys or convenience.
D D G
But we always found somethin’ to do.

G
Chr: Yes, I’m dreamin’ of home, dreamin’ of heartland,
C G
dreamin’ of days gone by.
G
Dreamin’ of memories that pull at your heartstrings.
Am D
Dreamin’ of life passin’ by.
G
I got memories of brothers and sisters and cousins.
C G
Memories of family and friends.
G C
It’s my American dream. It’s my way of life,
Am D G
out past where the sidewalk ends.

C G
Fin: I want to spend the rest of my days
Am D G
out past where the sidewalk ends.

SIX-STRING OUTLAW

Written By: Tanya Mae Mandigo, Les Lee Landrum and Chris Cavallaro

SIX-STRING OUTLAW
By Tanya Mae Mandigo, Les Landrum and Chris Cavallaro
Dec.. 2010

G C
Intro: ||: | : || 4x

G D C D
Vrs 1: Two in the morning, sleep won’t come.
G D C D
Time passes slowly when you’re on the run.
G C G D
Rain starts falling, wipe these tears from my face.
Em C G D
--I hear your voice calling, but now I’m stuck here in this place.

Em D C add9 D
Chs: I had a six-gun, and a six-pack, and a six-string guitar.
Em D C add9 G
I was running down the back-roads in my beat-up Chevy car.
C/E D add9 G G
I was running --from the law. | |
Em D
---- -Six-string outlaw!

G C
||: | :||

G D C D
Vrs 2: Dreamed I was an outlaw on the late, late show.
G D C D
Seemed more excitin‘, than the bitter life I’d known.
G C G D
Started out west-bound, built a string of regrets.
Em C G D
--Pulled my first rob’ry for a silly pack of cigarettes.

G D C D
Vrs 3: --I remember the young days, cruising down those winding roads.
G D C D
Thought I was an outlaw, but now I guess I’m just growing old.
G C G D
I’m stuck here in this cold dark cell wishing I could get out of this place.

Em C G D
--Your memory still haunts me, how I long to touch your face.

Em D C add9 D
2nd Chr: No more six-gun, no more six-pack, just this six-string guitar.
Em D C add9 G
No more running down those back-roads in my beat-up Chevy car.
C/E D add9 G G
No more running from the law. | |
Em D
---(just a) -Six-string outlaw!

G C/G
||: | :|| 2x

G C/G G C/G
Refrain: Yeah, I was running, --------- running from the law.
G C/G G C/G
Six-sting outlaw, -------- six-string outlaw.
G C/G G C/G
Now I’m singing, ---------singing this sad refrain.
G C/G G C/G
Me and my six-string, ----------missing you again.
G C/G G C/G
Yeah I was crying, ---------crying in the rain.
G C/G G C/G
‘Cause I feel the pain, ---------from this loosing game.
G C/G G C/G
I was running, ---------running from the law.
G Em D G
Guess there’s no more running. Six-string outlaw!

Discography

Six-String Outlaw - http://rukusradio.ning.com/profile/TanyaMaeMandigo

In Your Arms Tonight - http://rukusradio.ning.com/profile/TanyaMaeMandigo

The Bar Stool - http://rukusradio.ning.com/profile/TanyaMaeMandigo

Where the Sidewalk Ends - http://rukusradio.ning.com/profile/TanyaMaeMandigo