Rebecca Lappa

Rebecca Lappa

10821 126 Street Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Rebecca Lappa, a 4X Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, is a storyteller songstress. Her voice is pure and clear like a mountain stream, with bubbling freshness and hidden depths. From acoustic sets to rock'n it on the main stage, Rebecca performs with confidence, plucking the audiences' heartstrings or tickling their funny bone.

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Biography

``Rebecca Lappa is her name and extremely classy folk, singer-songwriter, jazzy art pop is the nature of her game``  (Urban `Wally`Wallstrom, UnitedRock.com). Her strong, beautiful voice and artful playing draw listeners into songs based on history, myth, and poetry.  Her modern folk-noir sound slides through blues, jazz, world, and pop, making the folktale new again. As a 4 X (2012, 2012, 2013, 2014) Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, not only has Rebecca “written a lot of songs – she’s written a lot of good songs” (Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Examiner). Described as a “younger Loreena McKennitt, playing songs in a Kate Bush style while singing like Sarah McLachlan” (Clayton Magnusson, Gigcity.ca), Rebecca is unique and engaging.

This multi-instrumentalist recently won the CN Youth Artist Award at the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and past accolades include being a top 6 finalist in the 2012 All Albertan Songwriting Contest, and winning 1st place (2013) and 3rd place (2014) in the Sonic Youth category of the Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contest.

Stretching herself as a playwright, she wrote and performed a folk opera, The Earl at Nextfest 2013 and performed her historical circus musical, The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926 at Nextfest 2014 showing a remarkable display of confidence, song­writing dexterity, & enthusiasm for quirky detail. Very impressive, and fun.” (Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal)

Top performances include the Edmonton Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Galaxie Young Performer at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winner's Circle at the Calgary Folk Festival, a St. John CFMA Nominee showcase, a Calgary CFMA Nominee showcase, Folk Music Ontario Conference showcases and being selected as the “Young Albertan” for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta 2013 Showcase. She has opened for Maria Dunn, Alana Levandoski, Joanne Janzen and Back Porch Swing.  She has shared a stage with Basia Bulat, Ruth Moody, Pharis & Jason Romera, 100 Mile House, Scenic Route to Alaska and Bill Bourne.

In June, Rebecca released her fourth full-length album “Ode to Tennyson” produced by Barry Allen and funded by a 10K 20 Rawlco Radio Recording Grant. “Lappa’s music is energetic and complex, with classical and folk influences, dovetailing into jazzy, celtic and even latin territory.  This album shines with Lappa’s ability to weave a storyline into her songs with the versatility of her voice” (Connor Sadler, The Guantlet) Her music has been played on independent and campus radio across Canada, charting in the Roots/Folk programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyrics

Welcome to Wayne

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
Deep in the Valley beyond Cyprus Hills
The fields lay bare and the milk cow is ill
Son pack your bags, the future's the road
By the dawn, you'll hear that whistle blow

Chorus: whooooo

Verse 2:
Smoke billows up as he hops on the train
Shuts the wooden door against the rain
Closes his eyes, feels warm and safe
Riding the rails to start again

Verse 3:
Welcome to Wayne says the old wooden sign
The train slows to a halt near Rosedeer Mine
This looks like a good place to settle down
So he starts a family in this old mining town

Verse 4:
Comes home from work with coal in his hair
Said they're going on strike, the wages ain't fiar
We can't afford to take a stand
I've got to choose between the union and the clan

Verse 4:
It all went down at the Bucket of Blood
He crossed the line, which could not be done
Tarred and feathered and tied to the train
The last thing he read was Welcome to Wayne

Verse 6:
A little while later his wife cuts him down
Filled with rage she storms back to town
Shot gun in hand, strides through the mud
To find those cowards at the Bucket of Blood

Vese 7:
A gunshot cracks through the crisp November air
The Bucket of Blood goes silent and still
A woman walks out, gun and head held high
The others will never see the morning sky

Senior Delgateau

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:

Senior Delgateau is the terror of the seas

When he's in port he does exactly what he please

In town he finds his Molly, a large glamour puss

Alone they spend the night out as he sings

Chorus

I'm as sharp as a cactus and as wise as a king

But when I'm your lover you fall under my wing

Feisty as bull, I am a playful Tomcat

You know I'll be slinking back for more

Verse 2

Hellcats are abundant in the nearest cat house

Dark eyes say more than words, His voice makes them purr

He kisses them gently as their worries melt away

They're in for a night nas he sings

Bridge

But deep in his soul he has a dark pinning need

To leave this port of call and roam the high seas

He'll miss them all dearly but knows there'll be more fun

At the next port he'll start over again

Run Jack Run

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Run Jack Run by Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:

Jack he was a good boy, he just wanted to play

He went up to the mountains, to his hotel hideaway

Things were going fine till the hotel started to shine

Played with his mind, made him commit the worst crime

Chorus:

Run, Jack, run, the ghosts got a gun

They’ll play with your mind and kill what’s inside

Run, Jack, run you’ll go insane

You’ll die in the cold, lost and deranged,

Lost and deranged

Verse 2:

His son was the first to see what to come

When the friend in his mouth started shouting redrum

Jack raises a bat to hit her with a smack

His wife who only wants the old Jack back

Bridge:

Don’t kill them Jack

Don’t grab that axe,

Don’t chase them away in that dark maze

(Repeat above three lines)

All work and no play make’s Jack a dull boy (3X)

1,2,3,4

Witch

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
Now I was a first run witch
Trying out my first broom stick
When I saw 2 children in the woods
I built them a candy house
And waited for them to come out
My first plan was so brilliant I could scream

Chorus:
And I lost the race with Hansel and Gretel
My flame was extinguished with the wind
The lousiest witch to every exist
A catastrophic failure that’s me

Verse 2:
Next I tried a walking house
But I just got seasick
And the Fates loved philosophy
Macbeth’s friends only cooked
And screamed when I stole their book
Of recipes on how to make toad stew

Bridge:
I know I suck its easy to tell
I can’t cackle very well
My cat hate me and oh golly gee
My boyfriend Doyle just broke up with me
He called me a filthy witch!

Let Them Eat Cake

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
The year was 1786
King Louis XVI ran out of tricks
With his wife he lived a lie
As the children frolicked in Versailles

Verse 2:
They lived in the place of kings
Her shoes they gleamed like diamond rings
They had a ballroom of mirrors
Reflecting vanity to their peers

Chorus:
Oh, no big mistake,
Marie Antoinette did make
She became the Royal bait
If they don’t got bread,
Let them eat cake

Verse 3:
The ladies in waiting played a trick
They spread it wide they made it stick
And the rumors spread like fire
With a wild and hungry desire

Verse 4:
The people were outraged
Her marble palace was a cage
The depths of her conceit
Led to her defeat

Bridge:
Marie tried to runaway
But the red ghost haunted her dreams
She dreaded the final day
Her neck on the guillotine
Her neck on the guillotine
She refused them bread
So they took her head

Porcelain Doll

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
You walk the streets,
Dragging chains round your feet
You need release from your cage to believe
Open your eyes,
Stop hiding deep inside
Spread your wings and try to fly

Chorus:
Are you ready or not
To move it on the dance floor, ooh
All eyes are on you
What you gonna do, ooh
The reflection in the mirror
That’s not who you’re supposed to be
Let your soul fly free

Verse 2:
You can’t live your life behind a closed door
Let your wings catch the breeze
Soaring with glee,
Voice ringing free
Flowing melody,
Calling to me to follow the beat

Chorus:
Are you ready or not
To move it on the dance floor, ooh
All eyes are on you
What you gonna do, ooh
The reflection in the mirror
That’s not who you’re supposed to be
Let your soul fly free

Bridge:
The cracks in your face
You could wear them with grace
You’re a porcelain doll
Standing tall

Chorus 2X
Are you ready or not
To move it on the dance floor, ooh
All eyes are on you
What you gonna do, ooh
The reflection in the mirror
That’s not who you’re supposed to be
Let your soul fly free

Soaring Mountain

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
I ‘m a soaring mountain
My zeniths in the sky
No matter how hard the wind blows
It cannot make me cry
I stand alone with stable, roots embedded in the earth
My mind’s a rock, it is resolved, though my heart is torn and cursed

Verse 2:
A crushing Venus flytrap
Dives for everything it sees
Your underestimation gives me tantalizing glee
I know that I will catch you with patience and with time
A calculating flytrap, intellect that’s sharp like knives

Verse 3:
My dripping sticky summer
Indulges in the heat
Pressing down upon you like syrup on your sleeves
But mercy is a virtue when it comes as peaceful rain
Forgiving to a land of trees, that I water everyday

Verse 4:
To family and friends
A parrot I will be
The conversation flies like a bird from tree to tree
Flashy colored feathers are blinding in your face
Talking for the world to hear, no matter what they say, ay, ay

Verse 5:
I’m a soaring mountain
My zeniths in the sky
Gusty gales and storms will blow
But I wear my crown with pride
Looking for the answers in the bowels of my mind
I am a rock hard mountain, here to stand the test of time

Oriana

Written By: Rebecca Lappa,based on "The Ballad of Oriana" by Tennyson,from the perspective of the Knight, from the perspective of the Knight

Verse 1:
I saw you there on the castle wall
My betrothed, you were standing tall
The wind did blow, through the night we stole
I’ll rescue you my darling,
The siege will fall

Verse 2:
Swift into the fray we road
Our swords were flashing to and fro
And high upon the castle wall
You’re so beautiful my darling,
You watched my crest among them all

Chorus:
Oriana, Oriana
To you my heart belongs
Oriana, Oriana
Can not live without you
1st chorus: Your love will make me strong
2nd chorus: How could it go so wrong?
4th chorus: In death to you I call (3x)

Verse 3:
There stepped forth a foe on the castle wall
I loosed an arrow to make him fall
But that dammed arrow glanced aside
And pierced your heart my darling,
All I could do was cry

Bridge:
The battle raged but I did crawl, up upon the castle wall
I held your hand and tried my best, to sing your soul to peaceful rest
And silence reigned throughout the land, death had played his final hand
I pulled the arrow from you breast and slowly pushed it through my chest

I Love You

Written By: Rebecca Lappa


Verse 1:
I love you, I love you, like paper loves a pen
I love you, I love you, the memories never end
I’ll make my marks on you, cause you know our story well
I love you, I love you, fairy tale

Verse 2:
I love you, I love you like hammers love a nail
I love you, I love you when the work is hard like hail
Our minds will never falter and our plans will never fail
I love you, I love you, my sweet travail

Verse 3:
I love you, I love you like raindrops love the sea
I love you, I love you the ocean’s tide is free
The wind will blow true and our boat will take us far
I love you, I love you Northern Star

Bridge:
I know our love is real by the look upon your face
I know our love is strong by your power and my grace
I know it’s meant to be, your eyes they speak to me
Our winding love entwines, you and me

Verse 4:
I love you, I love you, my love will never end
I love you, I love you, together we will tend
The garden of our love, for no weeds will flourish here
I love you I love you, my dear
I love you, I love you, my dear
I love you, I love you, my dear

Lemon Mine

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

We’re out on the trail looking for gold
The North Saskatchewan’s bitter and cold
The mountains are caped with snow
And I wish that I was back home
After the Crows Nest Pass we hid our tracks
Jack tells me he’s got my back
Just in case some Natives spy
The cavern that’s caught my eye

Chorus:
And the wind whispers in my ear
Of all the things that I hold dear
A cave of riches won’t be free
Will it cost my humanity?

We creep over and look inside
And our eyes grow very wide
The gold stretched for at least a mile
And I could not contain my smile
Unroll our packs for the night
To leave at the morning light
We start to fight, unaware
Of the gold’s mystic presence there

Chorus:
And the wind whispers in my ear
Of all the things that I hold dear
A cave of riches won’t be free
Will it cost my humanity?

Jack’s eyes glint in the firelight
And I cannot contain my spite
Grappling for each others throats
I grab hold and Jack begins to choke
The full moon hung above my head
As the minutes passed it grew red
Jack struggled till the end
And I realized I’d killed my only friend

Chorus:
And the wind whispers in my ear
Of all the things that I hold dear
A cave of riches won’t be free
Will it cost my humanity?

Bridge:
I run, yes I run
I run, yes I run
Down through the Crows Nest Pass
To the river at last
Black Jack’s death unhinged my mind
Though I’ve searched I’ll never find
The Lemon Mine

Chorus:
And the wind whispers in my ear
Of all the things that I hold dear
A cave of riches won’t be free
It cost my sanity (repeat)

Mermaid and Merman

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

A mermaid sits upon a throne
Of pearly white alabaster stone
Combing her locks of the finest gold
Sings to herself all alone, all alone
And she sings of pastel dreams
Reflected rainbow fantasies
Loved by all from afar
Wishing on the brightest star, the brightest star

Chorus: At night she frolics in the seaweed green
The moonlit coral and the valleys deep
The mermen chase her near and far
Kiss her lips; steal her heart
But her only lover, he is true
King of the Sea, eyes dark blue
Carried her off into the night
Won’t return till the morning light, the morning light
He loves me; he loves me not

The King sits on a mountain high
Watching with longing eyes
His mermaid as she swims away
He won’t see her till the end of day, the end of day
He plays the harp to pass the time
To focus and sooth his mind
Looking down on his kingdom fair
Hoping she is happy there, happy there

Chorus:
At night he frolics through the seaweed green
The moonlit coral and the valleys deep
He takes his lover by the hand
Shows her the wonders of this land
Kissed her in the grassy sea
Kiss her again till she kissed he
Carried her off into the night
Won’t return till the morning light, the morning light

She loves me, she loves me not (3x)
Repeat last verse

Gypsy

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

They say back in the homeland
But I don’t have one I live across the world following the sun
My Father’s the ocean
My Mother’s the sky
They say join civilization but I’d rather die

Chorus: Ooooh

I know no one and no one knows me
My best friends are the birds in the trees
My partner in crime are the strings that I strum
The stories that I find are my only love

Chorus

The wind in my hair with the ice and the snow
Nobody, nobody, nobody knows
The rights and wrongs, clouded in smoke
Brothers help brothers when there’s no hope
People are kind when you’re on the road
Long as you don’t get too close

Chorus

The night’s a hunter, my sister’s his prize
She hangs in her cage and I hear her cries
Her true love’s the sun,
And the stars are her tears
With the heavens to guide me,
I know no fears

Chorus

They say back in the homeland,
But I don’t have one
I live across the world, beholden to none
My Father’s the ocean,
My Mother’s the sky
They say join civilization but I’d rather die

Chorus

Kraken

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

The ocean’s wide and vast and deep
Beneath its heart untouched a monster sleeps
With its breath the tides roll in and out
The ships above sail on a glassy mask of doubt

You pick your clothes up from the floor
Take one last look at me and head for the door
Slurring the truth as you go
You said we’re done; we’re through and left me all alone

Chorus: The waters help me hide
The chaos in my mind In hopes that you won’t see
The monster deep inside of me

I watch your ship from the dock
I turn to go but I hear the people mock
“She gave it all just for him”
Now you’re gone and they laugh at my sin

Thunderclouds come rolling in
The monster’s stirring and my rage is like the whirling wind
The rain, it cools my bleeding heart
I realized I was a fool and played the perfect part

Chorus
I cry out to the storm
The monster woke, I feel her anger burble forth
She rises from the depths
The mask is shattered; she’s going for revenge

Chorus (2X)

The Light Brigade

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1:
Half a league, Half a league
Half a league and onward
All into the Valley of Death
Rode the six hundred

Verse 2
Forward charge, Forward charge
Charge for the guns
All into the Valley of Death
Rode the brave six hundred

Verse 3
Half a league, Half a league
Half a league and onward
All into the Valley of Death
Rode the brave six hundred

Verse 4
Cannon left, Cannon right
Volleyed and a thundered
All into the Valley of Death
Rode the bold six hundred

Verse 5
Cutting here, Slashing there
Though they were outnumbered
Right through the line they broke
The army of six hundred

Verse 6
Cannon left, Cannon right
Volleyed and a thundered
All into the Valley of Death
Rode the bold six hundred

Verse 7
Losing friends, Killing foe
Slaughtered and a sundered
Fleeing from the Valley of Death
They rode but not six hundred

Verse 8
Rotting smell, They are in hell
As horse and hero fell
Climbing out of the jaws of death
What’s left of the six hundred

Verse 9
Losing friends, Killing foe
Slaughtered and a sundered
Fleeing from the Valley of Death
They rode but not six hundred

Verse 10
Flying fast, Pick up the slack
No they will never look back
Riding from the Valley of Death
What once was the six hundred

Repeat verse 10

Queen of the May

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Chorus:
I’m the Queen of the May, Babe
I’m the Queen of the May

The boys they flock, I let them gawk
I just go on my way
My hair is filled with petals
And my neck a string of pearls
Boy you think you got a chance
Never in this world

Chorus

My ex cried, our flower died,
Please bloom again
But I am too beautiful for a Weeping willow tree
They say his heart is breaking
And what is that to me?

Chorus
I’m the Queen of the May, Babe
Cannot get away

I’m the Queen of the May, Babe
I’m the Queen of the May
The days are getting colder
So I cannot stay
I frolic in the good times
And vanish in the bad
When flowers bloom I will resume
My fun, don’t be sad

Chorus

Boy, I think you’ve changed my mind,
I want to run and play
What would I do without you
On a summer’s day?
Your kiss is like the honey suckle
Cannot get away

Chorus
I’m the Queen of the May, Babe
Cannot get away

I’m the Queen of the May, Babe
I’m the Queen of the May
The days are getting colder
So I cannot stay
I frolic in the good times
And vanish in the bad
When flowers bloom I will resume
My fun, don’t be sad

I,I, I‘m the Queen of the May
Cannot get away ay ay ay

The Queen, The Queen of the May
Cannot get away

Lotus Eaters

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

“Courage,” cried the Captain
Courage through the storm
I see an island
So lonely and forlorn

“Courage,” cried the crewman
Courage for the Lord
The Sirens may be tempting
But our eyes are on the shore

“Courage,” cried the Captain
Courage to the child
Courage to the Island
So beautiful and wild

There was courage in my heart
The sun glistened on the sand
We stood tall and resolute
As I stepped upon this land

“Courage,” cried the Captain
As I stepped upon this land

The first few nights were calm
When we settled down
We never heard a rustle
Or any kind of sound
It seemed our luck had ended
For one morning they came
Their dark faces pale
And they brought the rain

First they only watched us
As we began to pack
We ran towards our ship
Hoping they would not attack

But then a woman cried out
And ran in front of me
Then she pulled me in
And I lost all sanity

“Courage,” cried the Captain
As I lost my sanity

They gave to us a flower
And exotic fruits
These things had higher power
Not meant for mortal use

The flowers were enchanted
They robbed us of time
We’ll frolic till eternity
Has warped away our minds

My wife will be a widow
And my son is just a lad
Who’s Father never told him
What it meant to be a man

Believe what you will
About the lotus, my friend

But it stole away my courage
And I can’t find home again (repeat)

“Courage,” cried the captain
Kept spinning in my head (repeat)

Empire

Written By: Rebecca Lappa,Olivia Wik, Olivia Wik

Mmmmmmm

Hey baby
Come down from your tower, you coward
You got a crystal throne that makes you ten feet tall
When you’re so small
You say that you’re king but you never will be
You have no right to control me
I know you think you’re high and mighty
And I’m naive

Chorus
I’m gonna overthrow your empire
Tip the scale and watch you fall into fire
I'll be the Queen you could have had
I'll prove what's underneath your mask
When I sit upon your throne
It is your kingdom I will own
You’re gonna fall like Rome

Oh darlin’ I know you think that you are loved
By everyone else all around you
They put on a show for you with the curtains up
And eyes that judge
You say that you're king
But you never will be
You have no right to control me
I know you think you're high and mighty
And I'm naïve

Chorus
You’re gonna fall like Rome (2X)

Mmmmmmmmmm, You're gonna fall like Rome (3X)

Hey baby, I know you think you know it all
Come down from your tower, you coward

Circus Bear

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

The lights are bright and the Big Top’s aglow
The master steps into the ring
He says his lines that were prepared on the fly
By Ivan the Circus Bear King

He’s big and he’s bold with fur chocolate brown
His eyes as blue as the sky
They’re all unaware the show’s run by a bear
Ivan the Mastermind

He comes from a line of bears in the Shrine
His Father, the clown in command
His Grandfather ran a Piccolo band
His Mother, a dancing nomad

He’s cunning and smart, his wit a fine art
Girls fall for his charm instantly
But he just rolls his eyes, walks away and sighs
None of them are the woman for me

The lights are dim and the crowd has gone
The show was their very best
Ivan and his wife the cat,
Tuck their little one in for some rest

Cause really deep down he’s a family man
And the circus is his home
He loves the thrill of performing each night
And he made the stage his own
(repeat)

Field of Dishonour

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Chorus:
I’d spill blood on the field of dishonour
And take what’s rightfully mine
d spill blood on the field of dishonour
For the love of a beautiful wife

Juan farmed corn in the center of Mexico
His love at Cantina Migelle
He met her by the moonlight after work
But this time there’d be a surprise

Mariam, Mariam will you marry me?
I’ll protect you with my life

They were married that night in Monterey
By God, the priest and the moonlight
On their way home to fulfill their vows
Don Migelle road up by their side

Juan, that’s my Senorita
And I’ll take her and let you go alive

Chorus

Juan cried I’ll fight you for my wife and a promise
That I’d protect her the rest of my life
I’m a man of my word, you’ll get what you deserve
When I end you merciless life

They took their ten steps
and before they turned to shoot
Juan prayed God would save his life

There was blood on the field of dishonour
And as the pistol smoked he died
There was blood on the field of dishonour
For the love of a beautiful wife

Mariam swore as she picked up the pistol
From her husband’s cold dead hand
She said I challenge you Migelle for the life of my lover
That you killed with gunpowder and lead

Migelle laughed as she turned and aimed and fired
Knowing for sure that she would miss

She spilled his blood on the field of dishonour
For her love was not his
She spilled his blood on the field of dishonour
And she road off in the moonlight and mist (3X)

The Earl

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

We were two daughters of one race
She was the fairest of face
They were together when she fell
Therefore revenge became me well

She died; she went to burning flame
He mixed her ancient blood with shame
Whole weeks and months, early and late
To win his love, I lay in wait

Chorus:
Oh the Earl, the Earl so fair to see
With his heart enchained by the Devil’s reign
His fabled beauty was a lie
Upon my sister’s grave I cry
Oh the Earl, was fair to see

I made a feast; I bade him come
I won his love and took him home
Upon my lap he laid his head
And I kissed his eyelids into rest

His ruddy cheek upon my breast
And I hated him with the hate of hell
But I loved his beauty passing well
So I kissed his loving lips farewell

Chorus

I rose up in the silent night
And I made my dagger sharp and bright
As half asleep his breath he drew
Three times I stabbed him through and though

And I curled and combed his comely head
He looked so grand when he was dead
And I wrapped his body in a sheet
And I laid him at his mother’s feet

Chorus

Discography

1. Ode To Tennyson, June 2014

2. Avant Garden, June 2013

3. Myths and Monsters, May 2012

4. Not in Neverland, March 2011

5. Young Voice Old Soul EP, September 2009

6. Rebecca Lappa EP, March 2009

Set List

Original songs 3 to 4 minutes each and covers such as "Dog Days are Over", "Rolling in the Deep", "Hallelujah", "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" "Skyfall" and "Landslide".