Taj Mahal — Take A Giant Step
Album: Giant Step
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:05
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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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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.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61DR5CquUEL._SY300_.jpg

 
I love both versions.  Very different and both very cool.
love this guy's voice
 Hogtownmike wrote:
I know I will get flack for this, but I prefer the Monkees version...

 
I prefer this one for the past 20 years or so but the Monkees version was the first version i heard as a kid and i will always love their version too.

I just happened to be watching a Taj Video this morning... Check him rehearsing with the Tedeschi / Trucks band: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkzKw1erF_Y

Impossibly cool!
 
This song is perfect for Denver, whenever there is a "cloud" over the city.
I know I will get flack for this, but I prefer the Monkees version...
 rdo wrote:
I really like this song, but it is a bit patronizing in the lyrics.  No one can "step outside their mind" and it of course assumes the one advising such medicine is enlightened, which is an inherently arrogant thing to assume.  9

 
Dude.  This tune was also covered by the Monkees.  I think you might be setting your expectations a wee bit high.
I really like this song, but it is a bit patronizing in the lyrics.  No one can "step outside their mind" and it of course assumes the one advising such medicine is enlightened, which is an inherently arrogant thing to assume.  9
{#Bananapiano} ...... this is "Outstanding"
and I'm a believer!   Taj = 10
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.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61DR5CquUEL._SY300_.jpg
What a cool name .....Taj

I've loved his music since I was 14. About the same time I discovered Dr. John (the night tripper) who recorded a great version of this number. And followed by Traffic.....I'm definitely 'feelin' all right' , at work right now operating a couple of de-compression chambers. 100%Oxygen is the best drug.
Just googled this and discovered it was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  Never knew that.  I always thought it was written by Taj and knew nothing of the Monkees' version.  The Goffin/King duo sure wrote a lot of good songs.
Great lyrics. Tune pretty good too. 
Taj Mahal is one of those musicians who has to make an effort to score below 8 with me. Here? No effort… just so natural. {#Notworthy}
 oldfart48 wrote:
THANK YOU TAJ FOR A LIFETIME OF JOY.....................ALBION 1970
 


THANK YOU TAJ FOR A LIFETIME OF JOY.....................
..nice pairing w/Jimmy Cliff "Sitting in Limbo"..a sort of progression..thx RP..
10!!!!!!
One of his best songs.  I have several of his CDs and each one is excellent.
Seems like just the other day that I saw him play this with his inimitable style and humor at Chautauqua Hall in Boulder...but it must have been in '92 or so, because I recall I was with the ex-...  Remember the feeling you had as a child...when you woke up and morning smiled...  Well, it's time, it's time you felt like that again...  Taj, you said and played it so well, and Thanks! for reminding me of that essential truth again!
Taj sounds a little like Dr. John on this one.
An enjoyable distraction.
Love the Taj...

He is playing in town this week... But I will be out of town {#Grumpy} 
This is a giant step. Love love love the guitar work.
 Jazbo wrote:
Again, where's my 11?
 
You read my mind.

11 fo' sho' 
 Jazbo wrote:
Again, where's my 11?
 
Ahhh Valpo. Now I'm jonesin' some Tonys deep dish!               Foot in Mouth
I made a special trip here, just to say... yuck!
 

Anyone who uses Winamp or iTunes to listen to RP should download "Minilyrics". it's a great lyrics player that accesses an online database to look for the lyrics to songs. It's got a TON of lyrics. Some are in the form of text files (so they're static) but others are .lrc (lyric) files and are synced to the song. This is one that's synched. the lyrics are great.


Way too precious. And not in a good way.
Bill:

Thanks for making me smile. 

A treasure from 1969.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal_%28musician%29
In 1964 he moved to Santa Monica, California, and formed The Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, landing a record deal with Columbia Records soon after. The group was one of the first interracial bands of the period, which likely made them commercially unviable.<11> An album was never released (though a single was) and the band soon broke up, though Legacy Records did release The Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder in 1993 with material from that period. During this time Mahal was working with others, musicians like Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters.<8> Mahal stayed with Columbia after The Rising Sons to begin his solo career, releasing the self-titled Taj Mahal in 1968, The Natch'l Blues in 1969, and Giant Step/De Old Folks at Home (also in 1969).<1> During this time he and Cooder worked with The Rolling Stones, with whom he has performed at various times throughout his career.<12> In 1968, he performed in the film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. He recorded a total of twelve albums for Columbia Records from the late 1960s into the 1970s. His work of the 1970s was especially important, in that his releases began incorporating West Indian and Caribbean music, jazz and reggae into the mix. In 1972 he wrote the film score for the movie Sounder, which starred Cicely Tyson.

What a great thought. Think outside the box.  Take a giant step outside your mind. Get out of the rut you're in.
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Taj is a fun musician.