Frances Kramer

Frances Kramer

BandAmericanaAdult Contemporary

This is what happens when a talented singer/songwriter taps into the deep roots of American music with a pop sensibility to create original music that is as entertaining as it is sincere and heartfelt.

Biography

Raised on classical, pop, folk, and rock music in historic Wethersfield, Connecticut (one of the hippest places to be in the 1600’s), Frances Kramer was trained on piano and oboe and self-taught on guitar, banjo, and voice, playing professionally from the age of fifteen. After making an escape from Bryn Mawr College, she found herself singing country and folk tunes and playing the banjo for a meager living followed by singing and playing guitar in rock bands for no living. While living in a converted school bus camper in the northeastern corner of the state, she began to compose poetry and to write songs and instrumental music.
Transplanted to New York City, she at first remained on the fringes of the music scene studying jazz piano, then performed accompanying world music and R&B artists, all the while wandering around with a notebook and pencil, writing songs, instrumental music, and poems in her own unique style. “I have a very limited attention span for listening to music (although I can play for hours on end), which motivates me to write music with a lot of melodic and lyrical hooks and a lot of rhythm to keep me and my listeners entertained. I also never bother to finish a song unless there is a true feeling in it and inspiration to keep it flowing from beginning to end.”
The result is well-written and performed music of originality and integrity the likes of which are becoming rare in today’s music scene. “In order to develop as an artist, there has to be time and space to dream and experiment, which can be hard to manage. I have always had a great desire to put my personal vision into a fixed form.”
She has had the privilege of working with supporting musicians including world music great, bass player and producer Melik Yirmibir, harmonica virtuoso Rob Papparozzi, fiddler extraordinaire Kenny Kosek, accordian ace Charlie Giordano, and versatile fretted instrumentalist Jon Sholle.
Her 2005 debut album, "Don't Say Goodbye" contains two songs which charted in the top ten at AC/Hot AC radio and garnered her a Best New Female Artist nomination from New Music Weekly Magazine. Her second album, Heart Songs, released in 2008 is a set of stripped-bare live acoustic guitar and vocal performances including covers of songs by Patty Griffin, Tom Waits, and Hank Williams.
She is currently performing an acoustic show with bass player/producer Melik Yirmibir that contains songs from her upcoming, as yet untitled, third album.

Lyrics

All Along

Written By: Frances Kramer

Take me to the carnival, I need a life that’s like a ride
I’ll buy a big balloon, there’ll be a harvest moon
I’ll have a sidekick by my side
I’ll make like Don Quixote and imagine what I need
Go chasing after windmills on my steed

And when the dream is ending, one more brightly colored clown
Oh what a disappointment when I finally come back down
I get a sinking feeling that I’m doing something wrong
‘Cause you’ve been here by my side, All Along.

Chorus:
All Along I’ve been running, all along without a plan
All Along I’ve been dreaming, and I don’t know where I am
All Along I’ve been searching for a life I’ve never known
When my life was here with you, All Along

Let’s go off to the city, lose ourselves in lights that shine
We’ll feed off all the energy, losing all sense of time
Over stimulated, we’ll be numb before we know
We’ll try to leave, it just won’t let us go

And when the city chews us up and spits us out for good
We’ll move out to the country, get a place out in the woods
But our lives won’t come together, we’ll feel like we don’t belong
When we’ve always had each other, All Along

Chorus:

Never thought this life would hold such emptiness and pain
And the urge to just keep moving, to be free
Funny how this moving on has left me far behind
While my life keeps rushing by and just won’t wait for me

2X Chorus

Jason

Written By: Frances Kramer

Jason you make me feel like a poet
And you don’t even know it, ‘cause
Jason you know I try hard not to show it
I’ve got just one life and I don’t want to blow it, but

Jason, you’ve got me walking on air
Please know I know that you care, oh
Jason, I’m high on a cloud
I wrote this song so I could say your name out loud, oh

Jason, I feel so alone
I said I’d call you but I just stare at the phone, ‘cause
Jason, you know I’m not free to fall
Although that didn’t seem to stop me much at all, and

Jason, if your heart hears my song
I hope that your heart is singing along, oh
Jason, if I can’t see your face
It’s just we failed to meet in time and in space, and

Jason, there’s no reason to pretend
I wish our time had never come to an end, oh
Jason, how I miss your smile
I wish that I could stop and talk to you a while, oh

Jason, could anyone be so sweet,
You made my life feel so incomplete
To change my road now would leave two lives unfinished
And yet my feeling for you remains undiminished, and

Jason, I hope you find what you seek,
I hope you’re strong in all the places that I’m weak, oh
Jason, I’m just too frightened to begin it,
I wish I had another life so our love could be in it, and

Jason, I just wanted you to know,
I’ll always love you so, oh
Jason, if love could find a way
You know I wouldn’t be here writing this today, oh
Jason, Jason, oh Jason, oh Jason

Hey, What About Me?

Written By: Frances Kramer

Chorus:
Hey, What About Me?
I’m so low down I hit the ground
I’m so low down that you can’t see
Hey, What About Me?
I’m so lowdown I hit the ground
I’m so lowdown that you can’t see

I’m just your verbal punching bag
I’m just your “Irish Washerwoman”
I’ll never be anymore than this
Unless I become superhuman
Everything’s always my fault
Everything I do is wrong
And you know I always feel so bad or worse
Even though this is not where I belong

Chorus:

Can’t see I’m frustrated
Can’t you see that I’m sad?
Can’t you see I’m trying so hard to be good
But I’m feeling pretty bad
Everything’s always my fault
Everything I do is wrong
And you know I always feel so bad or worse
Even though this is not where I belong

Chorus:
That you can’t see

Hey-ey, hey-ey

You think it’s always my fault
You think it’s always my fault
You think it’s always my fault
But you can’t see

You want more but you can’t get it
You want more but you can’t get it
You want more but you can’t get it
Well, what about me?

Chorus:
Hey, What About Me?
Hey, What About Me?
Hey, What About Me?
Hey, What About Me?
What about me?
What about me?
Hey, What About Me?
What about me?
What about me?
What about me?

Saw You On The Road

Written By: Frances Kramer

Saw You On The Road with a suitcase in your hand
Saw You On The Road, you’re so hard to understand
Saw You On The Road, your mind just couldn’t stay
Saw You On The Road, you just had to get away

You take your life so lightly
Nothing is worth a fight
You never tell what’s wrong from
What’s right
You never chase a dream you’ve found
Your heart makes such a lonely sound
Your thoughts go ‘round and ‘round’ and round’
And ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round
And ‘round

Saw You On The Road with a suitcase in your hand
Saw You On The Road, you’re so hard to understand
Saw You On The Road, your mind just couldn’t stay
Saw You On The Road, you just had to get away

I want to try to tell you
I want to make it clear
I’d be so awfully glad if you’d stay here
If I could stop the pain that’s grown
If you could find in me a home
You’d never have to be alone
Or on the kind of road that you have known

I want to try to tell you
I want to make it clear
I’d be so awfully glad if you’d stay here
If I could stop the pain that’s grown
If you could find in me a home
You’d never have to be alone
Or on the kind of road that you have known

Saw You On The Road with a suitcase in your hand
Saw You On The Road, you’re so hard to understand
Saw You On The Road, your mind just couldn’t stay
Saw You On The Road, you just had to get away
You just had to get away, You just had to get away
You just had to get away

Love So Deep

Written By: Frances Kramer

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m calling your name
I need to be near you
Do you feel the same?
I’m longing to touch you
For hearts to collide
This feeling’s too much dear
You know it can’t, it can’t, it can’t be denied

But you can hide it somewhere in your heart where nobody goes
Put it in an empty spot way down in your soul
You can do what you want ‘cause it’s yours to keep
But can you get to the bottom of a Love So Deep?

Could a love so strong be a love so true?
I’m looking for an answer
You know I’m waiting for you
This feeling’s so frightening
You know I’m crazy for you
So why don’t you tell me
What you want, you want, you want me to do

‘Cause I can hide it somewhere in my heart where nobody goes
Put it in an empty spot way down in my soul
I can do what I want ‘cause it’s mine to keep
But can I get to the bottom of a Love So Deep?

Someone’s gotta make a move
Someone’s gotta take the leap
To find the bottom of a Love So Deep
Someone’s gotta make a move
Someone’s gotta take the leap
To find the bottom of a Love So Deep
Someone’s gotta make a move
Someone’s gotta take the leap
Or we’ll never find the bottom, never find the bottom, never finally find the bottom of a Love So Deep

‘Cause we can hide it somewhere in our hearts where nobody goes
Put it in an empty spot way down in our souls
We can do what we want ‘cause it’s ours to keep
But can we get to the bottom of a Love So Deep?
I wanna get to the bottom of a Love So Deep
I’m gonna get to the bottom of a Love So Deep

Precious Love

Written By: Frances Kramer

Precious Love

You said today, you’re going away to start again without me
I never saw this coming on
I always thought you’d be the one who’s loving me
I never thought that you could leave so easily

You said you know you couldn’t grow anymore beside me
I’d never want to hold you down
I only wish there were some other way
Wish that there were something I could say, because

Chorus:
My precious love, you know that you’re the one I’m thinking of
Before you go and leave me standing here, I’ll make it clear
I’ll always need to have you near, oh
Rise above, can’t we go higher just to save our love
If you should go and leave me
What should I be living for if I can’t see you anymore

A brand new start, but with a heart full of empty aching
My mind just cannot stop the pain
And now that I must let you go
There is one thing you should know, you see

Chorus:

Hearts cannot lie, can’t deny that you’re leaving
My life was through, the day you stopped believing

Chorus

Don't Say Goodbye

Written By: Frances Kramer

Standing still in time, passing through my prime
I never seemed to find what would ease my mind
I thought to go alone, standing on my own
I didn't know my mind, what my life would find
People passing by, nothing worth a try
Lonely in a crowd, I want to cry out loud
Days go on and on, look, one more is gone
Time spent foolishly, wasted energy

There you stood offering something good
Held my hand, was my friend
Who would know you'd be loving me permanently
Now I see

Chorus:
I need your loving baby
Don't you take your love, don't you take your love
Don't you take your love away from me
Oh, I need your loving baby
Don't you take your love, don't you take your love
Don't you take your love away from me
'Cause I would cry and my heart would die
So don't say goodbye, don't say goodbye

It never occurred to me what my life would be
I didn't really know, I couldn't let it show
Warnings from the past, could this really last
Took a doubtful step, started walking, wept

Never seen even in my dreams
A love so kind, it changed my mind
I was blind, you opened my eyes fortunately
Now I see

Chorus

Discography

Don't Say Goodbye- Rocky Hill Records(2005)
Heart Songs-Rocky Hill Records(2008)
Singles:
Saw You On The Road on mvyradio.com Local Musicafe
True Love (AC/Hot AC Radio 2005-6)
American Girl (AC/Hot AC Radio 2005-6)

Set List

Performances are typically two forty-five or one 90 minute set with encores. Selections include songs from her CD and extensive repertoire of original songs and covers of songs including those recorded by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, The Rolling Stones, Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Patty Griffin, Harry Nilsson, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and more depending on the venue and audience.