Taylor Rogers


Taylor Rogers


Taylor Rogers

Wax and Wane

by Taylor Rogers

Released 2014
Released 2014
Penetrating vocals and acoustic instrumentation weave together to explore emotionally intimate spaces; a telling of individual stories which unfold into themes of our shared human experience.
  • 03:34 Lyrics Elemental Love

    Lift up your children

    Send down your light

    A dancing fire, to warm the night

    Your arms extending

    To reach our souls

    Father Sun, May you glow glow glow


    Reach up your branches

    Send down your roots

    Firmly planted, for bearing fruit

    Upon high places

    And down below

    Mother Earth, May you grow, grow, grow


    Revive the thirsty

    By sending rain

    Your coursing rivers, our mothers veins

    Reflecting beauty

    From places low

    Sister Water, May you flow flow flow


    Sweep up our troubles

    Expand our minds

    Your howls and whispers, the voice of life

    A tree sonata

    Your breath bestows

    Brother Wind, May you blow blow blow


    My music makers

    Lift up your voice

    Sing Hallelujah, let us rejoice

    It’s one big chorus

    We’re all part of

    As one big Family, Let us love love love 

  • 03:39 Lyrics Seasons

    The sun will rise in your hazel eyes

    And mine will set til’ I’m gone again

    I guess we’ll have to meet above the sky

    Where’d you come from?

    Where did I go?

    I hate to think that we’re both alone

    I guess we’ll have to meet up in a song


    Lady please, imagine me

    On our knees, we refuse to give into the silence

    Let it ring, the melody

    As it rests in out chests to possess our



    I want to know how to know for two

    Reach myself, to reach you

    Be the rain to fertilize the Bloom

    But the farmers all cry out to me

    “too much rain will kill the seed,

    Sing your pretty song and let it be.”

    Let it be, let it be


    Oh, aiming to find seasons on my own

    But falling into winter is so damn cold

    And reasons fade with seasons

    As I find your warmth waiting in the snow


    And reasons fade with seasons

    But hearts they keep on beating

    As I find your warmth waiting in the snow

  • 04:06 Lyrics The Carpenter

    Her daddy is a building man

    He built her up a feeding top

    Log by log, he stacked them tall

    Her daddy is a building man

    Built her up a dreaming bed

    Stone by stone, a girl’s small throne


    His body made weak for the bread that she eats 

    The sweat on his brow laid her yellow head down 


    Her daddy is a shelterer

    He made her walls of freedom

    Brick by brick, he laid them thick

    Her daddy is a shelterer

    Made her up a fireplace

    Rock by rock, her warmth was wrought


    His back brazen brown by the sun coming down 

    Her heat in command by the work of his hands 


    Her daddy is a carpenter

    Stacks his ladder to the sky

    Rung by rung, he climbs back up

    Her daddy is a carpenter

    Just like the Holy One

    High above he, looks so lovely


    With hammer in hand he tells her his plan 

    “I’ll work all my days so my children can play 

    And never complain of my labor or pain 

    I’ll give of my skin so my family can live ”


  • 03:45 Lyrics Lloramos

    Nuestro amor mas grande que la realidad

    Que pequeno un mundo que no puede apoyarlo


    Lloramos por no entender

    Lloramos por algo que no puede ser


    Cada beso, demasiado dulce

    Con cada caricia, el mundo nos obstruye no se por que


    Nuestro amor perdido en la eternidad

    Un pedacito de arena, cuan infinita la busqueda


  • 03:24 Lyrics Bailamos!

    I fell into your song

    Your heart it was the drum

    And as I tapped my feet, I felt into your beat

    And could not retreat

    Puedas acompanarme?

    El ritmo siente suave.

    Cada moviemiento, esta en tiempo perfect

    Nuestro crecimiento


    Let us dance, let us dance

    Twirling faster into sweet romance

    We may fall but we can take a chance

    Let us dance, let us dance


    The luck of you and me

    Meeting up in just a blink of all eternity

    Our partnership molding, our journey’s unfolding

    Becoming free


    Los caminos son dificiles

    Pero la musica nos haremos felices

    The silence becomes, a melody of love

    Paso a paso y nota a nota

    Encontramos la belleza

    De la danza


    Bailamos, bailamos!

    Sigueremos girando

    Cayendo y volando

  • 04:15 Lyrics Dear Stranger

    Sing me to silence, can I listen for free?

    I’m just dying to leave all these thoughts that hold me.

    I’d rather be held by your sweet melody

    Than a mind that’s uneasy and a spirit unfree.


    I’ve got a bottle of wine, and plenty of time.

    Can you tell me your troubles? Will you listen to mine?

    We’ll dance til the morning with nothing to mind

    ‘cept moonlit reflections in a sweet Stranger’s eyes


    Too many words, and they’ll fail me I’m sure.

    What I’d like to relay surely language ignores

    To put it quite simply, I’m already yours

    So be here beside me, I could want nothing more.


    Dear Stranger I love you, and I come unafraid

    Climbing into your bed, not my head for a change

    Leaving all thoughts and worries for a Stranger’s soft gaze

    And the silence can take us ‘til we forget our own names


    The Silence it grows as our bodies entwine

    Breathing and heartbeats in words won’t confide

    But give them the silence and they’ll shout for the sky

    Reason at rest, as our Spirit arrives


    Sing me to silence, can I listen for free?

    I’m just dying to leave all these thoughts that hold me.

    I’d rather be held by your sweet melody.

  • 03:31 Lyrics Desire

    The devil draws near, please come here, child

    He’ll tempt ‘til redemption is dead

    Of finery and riches he’ll speak

    The glory will make you feel weak

    He’ll sing of a song made from gold,

    And all it’ll cost is your soul


    The temptress is here, please draw near, child

    She’ll trick your convictions away, please be brave

    She’ll paint you a picture that glows

    Stroke by stroke, the splendor grows

    Of beauty and bounty she’ll rave

    The wonder will start to enslave


    The mouth of the world beckons on, child, please be strong child

    And all is consumed but not you child, please be true child

    And love ‘til the world is spun to gold

    From riches within the human soul

    And paint of a picture from blood

    The joy, that causes your heart to flood


    The mouth of the world beckons on child, please be strong child

    And all is consumed but not you child

  • 04:20 Lyrics Pretty in White

    Pretty in white, pretty in white

    Pretty in white as snow, white as snow

    Easy as pie, easy as pie

    Easy as pie that fills, pie that fills

    Happy as songs of youth, songs of truth


    Seasons were changing

    Hearts ripe for taking

    Roots that were shaking

    Children we’d outgrown

    A past that could strangle

    We try to untangle

    To find a new angle

    For seeds newly sewn


    Words that bite, words that bite

    Words that bite as cold, bite as cold

    Stubborn as stone, stubborn as stone

    Stubborn as stones that walk, stones that talk

    Hearts that break into, me and you


    Old expectations

    Deep revelations

    The coming of ages

    A new letting go

    The friendship of blue sky

    Transformed in the sunrise

    Taking her sweet time

    To open and grow


    Fragile as time reveals how to heal

    Hearts that change and grow, where?, I don’t know

    Pretty in white as snow white as snow

  • 05:03 Lyrics For Ira

    In her eyes, there you can fly

    From places low, she takes you high

    She holds the sky within her eyes

    So you can fly

    In her bones you have a home

    A well-made shelter all homegrown

    Take your throne within her bones

    You have a home


    “My body lies dead by the bank

    My eyes closed, my bones know no strength.

    The stars will be my sight, I’ll dwell within the caves

    Waiting there to greet you, if you’d only call my name”


    In her chest please take a rest

    For weary minds she’s made a nest

    She’d love to have you in her chest

    Please take a rest

    Through her blood the love does flood

    An overflow of human hood

    Take a dive into her blood

    The love will flood


    “My heart fell apart in his hands.

    He squeezed me ‘til all blood was shed.

    Now thunder holds my beat, the rivers are my veins,

    Long enough to reach you if you swear to keep my face.”


    “You can know me better than I ever knew myself”


    In her breath there is no death

    For only life can wind express

    Join the trees and let us dance

    There is no death

    In her song we all belong

    Ira’s voice does carry on

    In the silence of her song, we all belong


    “My voice has been slaughtered in vein.

    My song and my beauty remain.

    Who can slay the rain?”


    He took her youth, he could not take her truth

    “He took my youth, he could not take my truth” 

  • 05:31 Lyrics The Lines Between

    You were the one to sail upon the deepest blue

    And you were the one to wax and wane the yellow moon

    You were the one to set the sun to sleep, with your own eyes (with your own eyes)


    So take this flower from my hand,

    Look around and you’ll find all there is to understand

    Mountains, water dancing, shadows in the night awakened by

    Your own mind


    The line between sun and sight

    The line between moon and mind

    The line between world and I

    Loose at the seams, the more that I try

    To find myself out, I find it inside


    So we sung each other songs and dreamed up every dream

    While lying still we entered into everything

    We etched into our skin a poem as old as human kind

    As old as time


    So take my hand into your hand

    Come inside me and feel all there is to understand

    Beating hearts and tender words can conquer death

    Life begins, against your skin


    The line between one and two

    The point between points of view

    The line between me and you

    Loose at the seams, the more that I try

    To find myself out, I find you inside


    Beautiful lover, how may I serve thee?

    The strength of my own heart, lies right here beside me.


    The line between fact and felt

    Line between God and Self

    Doesn’t exist as far as I can tell

    The line between song and ear

    In fact is made far from clear

    Why would I sing if you don’t hear


    In fact we are One, the boundaries are None.

"There is so much I love about Taylor's songs! In no special order - the melodies go straight to my heart and gut, and lift me up and open. I love the way her voice cracks and then smooths, the way it is unabashedly real and not perfectly trained but still hits every note right on. The way the guitar notes weave around, leaving plenty of silence and space between the music.
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crossing bridges

by Wide Branches (Taylor Rogers & Caroline Mullis)

Released January 2012
Released January 2012
This folk duo comprised of Taylor Rogers and Caroline Mullis puts on a stunning vocal performance.
  • 03:14 Lyrics No Whether

    When the rain came in you said be whole again 
    That parched brown field will now begin 
    To let all the water trickle in, 

    There is no whether left 

    When the clouds did fade, I took I take 
    The love that we once made 
    I roll and throw in those glossy blades 
    Into new water you wade

    When our sun did shine I said what’s yours is mine. But you’re not mine. 
    You took it all, you breached the line 
    This body must now resign

  • 02:13 Lyrics Carolina Blues

    Carolina blue turns Carolina Blues, when my mind, it sits on you. 
    As we lay heart to heart, underneath that night of stars, so young, in love, and free. 
    But that shootin’ star came passin’ by, on it we wished our love goodbye. Those beating hearts & twinklin’ stars couldn’t keep our young love sparked 

    The Carolina sky holds a sky that’s bright as gold, that shines upon the fields, the greenest grass that God could grow, but when the yellow meets the green, inevitably, I turn Blue for Carolina in our memory. 

    We passed our days out on the dock, no cares, no troubles, and no clock. 
    Just you and me, the 
    birds, the trees, our laughter in the easy breeze. 
    We kissed the summer days away, but the forest left our love astray. 
    We got lost. Our love. The cost. 

    And now I’m Blue, I get so Blue, when I think on you. Carolina Blues  

    Back home in Carolina 
    Where our sweet love will always be.

  • 03:03 Lyrics Lover

    Lover, this song’s for you, and I sing it, when I miss you. 
    Your brown eyes, so sublime, they get me every time. 
    I close my eyes, and you are near. 
    In my bones, you echo “I’m here.” 
    When I’m lost, you bring me home, so I’ll never be alone. 
    It’s true. I love you. 

    And the whole world will join us, on the day when we melt into the sky. 
    And the whole world will join us, and we’ll flow into each other in the light. Ay ay ay. 

    Sunlight, this song’s for you, and I sing it, oh to praise you. 
    Your gold love, so divine. It gets me every time. 
    I close my eyes, I feel you here. 
    In my soul, your warmth is so clear. 
    When I’m blind you let me see, oh sunlight you set me free 
    To my knees, you send me 

  • 02:59 Lyrics Build a Bridge

    They say love is all we need, 
    but I don’t think that we, can build a bridge 
    and get, out of it. 

    You want the ash, and I want the fire. 
    You need the shore, and I need the tide 
    You’ve taken first, and I’ve taken last. 
    Lord help us break, these chains that clash 

    So I’ll dance you a letter, and I’ll speak you a song. I’ll do anything, to let you see that it’s wrong. 
    Cause I don’t know how to let all this heartbreak go, 
    but I know it’s time to get this show on the road. 

  • 02:35 Lyrics Carousel

    This carousel that we are spinning on, 
    it’s leading nowhere, we ride on and on. 
    The people change, we stay the same. 
    Carousel Road, carry me home, to nowhere. 

    Spread your light in the dead of night, 
    dance like it’s a ball, who cares if you fall? 
    We’ve been here all along. 

    Lady Sunlight in her northern sky, 
    she’s pointing onward, to the dead of night. 
    The seasons change, we stay the same. 
    Lady Sunlight, carry me high, to nowhere. 

    Spread your light in the dead of night, 
    dance like it’s a ball, who cares if you fall? 
    We’ve been here all along. 
    Open wide, your heart’s alive, 
    don’t be uptight it’s all alright. 
    We all belong 

    Stop hiding, I see you, 
    because I’m inside you. 
    Don’t run dear, 
    remain here, 
    and I will shelter you. 

  • 02:08 Lyrics Emerald Echoes

    Hear the music of my homegrown. 
    She plays the Dogwood as the wind blows. 
    And emerald echoes on her fiddle bow. 
    They say in life, nothin’s free. 
    My spirit begs to disagree 

    Fallin’ deeply into shades of blue. 
    Makin’ love under her full moon. 
    Feelin’ crazy, actin’ coo coo. 
    Her blue sky, her green trees, set us free. 
    They say in life, nothin’s free. 
    My spirit begs, to disagree 

    Runnin’ wild in her hidden meadows, 
    senses feasting on her flower petals, 
    reachin’ climax and there’s nothing better, oooo 

    Doo doo doo  
    Feelin’ crazy, actin’ coo coo. 
    Her blue sky, her green trees, set us free

  • 02:39 Lyrics Memory

    Ask these questions and wonder why, 
    consequence of time. 
    Think on all that we have known, 
    to the hope of one. 

     This memory will fade 
    But I won’t let you go 

    You have all of me, 
    You are all of me, 
    I am all of you 

    You spoke everything into my life, 
    unlocked the peace inside. 

    I take it, 
    I won’t break it, 
    I keep it, 
    I believe it. 

  • 02:07 Lyrics Plunge of the Unsung

    I am driven, 
    you drive me on, 
    but I’m swerving like a googled-eyed youth. 
    It’s like my recipe, 
    I can’t let go of, 
    the sugar pouring in without direction. 

    How are we to carve out the wood of deceit? 
    Encompass me and take the plunge of the unsung 

    Each angle that bends, 
    no matter which direction 
    I have to face all my tendencies. 
    I am a vapor, of it all, 
    The only thing that I have left is my freedom. 

    Coming over the descent 
    (freedom is the only thing I have left) 

  • 02:28 Lyrics Uneasy

    Speed up time, 
    ease my mind. 
    With ground so soft, 
    you watch me fall, fall, fall. 
    We were happy, 
    now I’m just uneasy. 
    who knows, 
    why your heart grew cold? 
    Uneasy, who knows, 
    will I be alone, alone, alone? 
    We’d go dancing (you’d spin me), 
    now I’m just uneasy. 
    Uneasy is me. 
    The wind, 
    my only company. 
    but home, 
    a comfort all my own.

  • 03:23 Lyrics You Will Love

    You will love like the ocean, like the ocean 
    is gonna dry up. 
    You will love like the earth’s crust, like the earth's crust 
    will pull you in. 
    You will love like there’s no time, like there's no time 
    left in the world. 

    You will love

    You will love like your heart might, like your heart might 
    jump out of your chest. 
    You will love like your lungs gonna, like your lungs gonna 
    leave your body. 
    You will love like your limbs might, like your limbs might 
    leave your side. 

Recorded at TIMARA Studio 2, Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH in Winter 2012. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Garrett Openshaw in Oberlin, OH.