building my taj mahal EP

by Paul Vieira

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22 years. 20,000 people. 1,000 elephants. 40 million rupees, 500kg of gold, and the deep longing of an emperor. This is what it took to build the world famous Taj Mahal, a tribute to a beautiful woman and monument of enduring love.

Almost 2 decades. A couple in love, now a tribe of 6. Not much money. Some tears. A bit of faith. A lot of laughter. Friendship, love, and Hope. This is the inspiration behind the building of my taj mahal.

Thanks to all who helped the dream of this project become a reality. The tribute has only just begun...

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released January 1, 2010

All songs written by Paul Vieira.

Paul Vieira – vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, piano.
Derek James - drums.
Stephan Makarewicz - electric guitar.
Mucha - bass on Back Where I Began, Safe, Something in the Heartache, and Promise.
Dana Mihalicz - bass on More that I Can Say.
Tim Friesen - organ on Something in the Heartache.

Produced by Derek James and Paul Vieira.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Derek James at Bottom Door Studios, Toronto, Canada.

Illustration & Design - Elena El

Photography - Tamara Frampton Vieira

Copyright Paul Vieira / SOCAN-ASCAP & Derek James / SOCAN-BMI

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Track Name: back where i began
what must i do to really have her
cause i want her
when she plays so hard to get
let me count the ways i love her
yeah i'll love her
for all the years ahead

she waits for me, waits for me
with her feet here on the ground
until i get my head out of the clouds
she wakes me, i break free
she shows me who i am
and when i think i have her figured out
i'm back where i began

i can see how much she needs me
like i need her
as she slowly lets me in
when i put my arms around her
there's comfort
like a price for me to win

she waits for me, waits for me
with her feet here on the ground
until i get my head out of the clouds
she wakes me, i break free
she shows me who i am
and when i think i have her figured out
i'm back where i began

she still captivates me
like a puppet on a string
she keeps me interested
she's got everything
and i'll wrap around her finger
just to reach her

she waits for me, waits for me
with her feet here on the ground
until i get my head out of the clouds
she wakes me, i break free
she shows me who i am
and when i think i have her figured out
i'm back where i began
Track Name: something in the heartache
they come with their reasons
but i don't believe them
the biggest hand takes it all
a plot to assign blame
no matter what time takes
i'm building my taj mahal
still i can't stand another word of it

when you went away darling
you took a piece of me
but there's something in the heartache
that seems to comfort me
when you went away darling

man in the ocean
hangs on to a notion
that one day soon he'll be found
lips parched and thirsty
suffers the irony
that the water is all around
still he can't take a single drop of it

when you went away darling
you took a piece of me
but there's something in the heartache
that seems to comfort me
i knew when we started
that you'd be the end of me
but there's something in the heartache
that seems to carry me

there's something that she said
that this is not the end
must go back to the hand that hurt me

when you went away darling
you took a piece of me
but there's something in the heartache
that seems to comfort me
i knew when we started
that you'd be the end of me
but there's something in the heartache
that seems to carry me
Track Name: safe
listen
listen to your heart now
telling you that somehow
i feel safe
this time
this would be the first time
this could be the last time
your heart breaks

the night is falling
i will be with you
night is falling
girl let me kiss you
night is falling
stay with me til the break of day

hurting
i'd never dream of flirting
that would be the worst thing
i could do
slowly
slowly moving closer
careful not to over power you

the night is falling
i will be with you
night is falling
girl let me kiss you
night is falling
stay with me til the break of day
Track Name: more that i can say
the tables turn
i'm inside out
thought you belonged to someone else
and now you come to me in my dreams
call me if there's something wrong
you can call me just so i can hear you breathe
it always brings a smile to me

is there more that i can say
what would it take to change your mind
and make you stay awhile
is there nothing i can do
to help you see this through
if you come around
i'll be waiting for you

i put my heart out right there for you
it wasn't smart
a crazy thing to do
now you know the truth
yes, i feel a little broken
but i've no regrets in telling you
i think you feel it too

is there more that i can say
what would it take to change your mind
and make you stay awhile
is there nothing i can do
to help you see this through
if you come around
i'll be waiting for you

if you need a friend
more than a lover today
i can pretend that's okay

is there more that i can say
what would it take to change your mind
and make you stay awhile
is there nothing i can do
to help you see this through
if you come around
i'll be waiting for you
Track Name: promise
in a place i knew well
beside you a seat
i said to myself
'now there's a girl that i'd like to meet'
let me stay a while
we can talk for weeks
just enough time for you
for you to see the real me
and all that we can be

everything about us
is hanging on a promise
if you think i doubt us
and i can't be honest
take my reassurance
and let it give you solace
you're all i ever wanted

in the curve of your face
in a dress that you wear
when you walk with grace
in the curl of your hair
your beauty reaches me
like sunlight on a warm wedding day
but i still love you
even in the pouring rain
this is why i say

everything about us
is hanging on a promise
if you think i doubt us
and i can't be honest
take my reassurance
and let it give you solace
you're all i ever wanted

how the years have passed
i've seen all the trouble life's brought to you
but our love will last
don't think for a moment i've doubted you

everything about us
is hanging on a promise
if you think i doubt us
and i can't be honest
take my reassurance
and let it give you solace
you're all i ever wanted
Track Name: come my way
she told me that i was a sinner
and that if i tried
could do better
but what is this standard of measure
that kicks you when you're down
she'd say that my faith is fleeting
but i tell you my heart is still beating
looking for an intimate setting for two

i've crossed the line
of no returning
though she tried to make me stay
i hope in time
your heart is yearning
and i'll see you come my way

one sip from the cup she was drinking
went straight to my head with her thinking
she had me believe i kept needing
to come back for more
i finally saw through the riddle
no need for someone in the middle
hold on, this will hurt just a little
baby let go

i've crossed the line
of no returning
though she tried to make me stay
i hope in time
your heart is yearning
and i'll see you come my way

i'm so done with her
who used her words to cage my rhyme
tell me that you're sure
only to change your mind

i've crossed the line
of no returning
though she tried to make me stay
i hope in time
your heart is yearning
and i'll see you come my way