Taj Mahal — Take A Giant Step
Album: Giant Step
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:06
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Though you failed at love and lost
And sorrow's turned your heart to frost
I will mend your heart again

Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
It's time, it's time, it's time you felt like that again

There is just no percentage in remembering the past
It's time you learned to live again and love at last

Come with me leave your yesterday, your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

You stare at me with disbelief
You say for you there's no relief
But girl, I swear, it won't do you no harm

Don't sit there, in your lonely room
Just looking back inside that gloom
Mama, that's not where you belong

Come with me, I'll take you where the taste of life is green
And everyday, everyday, hold on woman, just got to be seen

Come with me, leave your yesterday, your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

Though you've played the love and lost
And sorrows have turned your heart to frost
I will mend your heart again

Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
It's time, it's time, it's time you felt like that again

There is just no percentage in remembering the past
It's time you learned to live again and love at last

Come with me, leave your yesterday, your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind
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No only   5 - Decent to me
 fredriley wrote:
This is the best of Taj Mahal? I don't want to think how bad the worst could be. This might be a decent number if the guy could actually sing, rather than croak a good semitone out of tune. I've heard better singers outside pubs at chucking out time.

 
Clearly, you do not enjoy the Taj Mahal signature vocal effect.  An opinion best kept to yourself in some parts of North America if you want to stay for tea.

Elvis Costello has the same effect on me.  I can hear the talent but, but, but, .... Must be deep-seated cognitive shortcomings.  
Geez, I used to have this album on a 8 track in my 71 Dodge Duster. Driving up and down the Mississippi River Bluffs.   
Very cool sound...sounds like it could have been a recent release
Lovin' that raspy voice.  {#Music}
Taj is touring with Keb Mo this summer under the moniker "TajMo".

Seeing the show in less than 2 weeks!
Love this.  Saw him live in Chico in the 70s.
this was a double album
the "Giant Step" disc was electric with the full band
the "De Ole Folks At Home"  disc was accustic with just Taj doing classic traditional blues songs

I used to have it when it first came out,  think I'll try to get it on cd 
Oh my - this track is used over the end roller of a great doc - The Sunshine Makers - a must see - if in doubt check it out on IMDb
idunno, Taj always sounded a lil cartoonish to me
I've loved this song — indeed the whole album — since I bought it in 1969. I even remember the catalog number: Columbia GP8. It was part of a series of low-cost double albums. I was always on a budget in those days (what teenager wasn't/isn't?) and promptly wore out the vinyl. So pleased it's part of RP's programming as I don't have to listen to those worn-out grooves. 
The new Monkees album is very good.

For anyone interested, give "Me & Magdalena" a spin. 
Both versions very nice.  Always loved Monkees' version, now I have two to enjoy {#Bananajam}
Nice to hear this on RP.

A couple of disparate comments....

Randy Bachman, formerly of the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) and now host of CBC radio's Vinyl Tap was talking about the Monkees, their origin, etc., the other day.  If you love old rock 'n roll, I would strongly encourage you to look up Randy Bachman, Vinyl Tap, CBC and listen to a podcast or two.   Randy is a class act.  

A friend of mine is an amateur guitar player and performer.  (Owns a Gibson, BTW.)  He often affects a Taj Mahal-style vocal effect and I really do not like it.    Just sayin'.   In my opinion, if you are not a great vocalist, adopting an understated style typically works out to be much better.

Noise from the peanut gallery... 
a solid Wonder of the World, Mr Taj Mahal  : )
I wore this record out in the late '60's
He was opening for It's A Beautiful Day at the local college and I was excited as hell but it was canceled because someone got the flu which was their way back then to say not enough tickets sold 
Inspirational for all us miserable b@st#rds out there.
I don't remember the Monkee's version but this is nice...
 On_The_Beach wrote:
from Wiki: "Take a Giant Step" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and released by the American band The Monkees in 1966. It was also covered in 1969 by singer Taj Mahal.
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I love both versions.  Very different and both very cool.
love this guy's voice