Rachel Allyn

Rachel Allyn

 Ogdensburg, New Jersey, USA
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“Rachel Allyn deserves to be the next big thing in country music. If you check out one new country artist this year, it should be Rachel Allyn.”

Biography

Rachel Allyn is a singer/songwriter and recording artist currently living in New Jersey. She performs over 100 shows a year and has opened for major touring acts including Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Thompson Square, Lonestar, The Duhks, Randy Houser, and many more.

One of Rachel’s biggest influences, John Lennon, once said regarding his songwriting process, "You see? You just write what you feel even if you don't know where it'll take you." After releasing a more traditionally flavored country EP in 2009 (Late Nights and Early Mornings), Rachel and her producer, Warren Hibbert, made the conscious decision to take Lennon’s words to heart on her first full-length album, Do It Yourself. No preconceived arrangements, genre boundaries, or creative limits. The resulting music lands somewhere between alternative, singer/songwriter, and country, clearly drawing inspiration from all her musical influences while combining them in a way that’s interesting and unexpected.

Rachel’s exceptional vocals seal the deal. She deftly commands each song, telling her stories with a voice that is powerful, emotionally evocative, and truly beautiful. It is plainly evident that Rachel takes pride in every word she writes and every note she sings. The resulting album is authentic to Rachel as both a musician and a person.

With the release of Do It Yourself, Rachel Allyn looks to follow the paths forged by her favorite artists, while leaving her own distinct footsteps along the way. With the marks of such incredible writers as the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Holly Williams, Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris and more to be heard amongst the songs of Do It Yourself, it’s easy to see where Rachel wants the path she’s chosen to lead. Respect as a writer. Longevity as a performer. Distinction as a vocalist. And smooth, white hair in her sixties.

Lyrics

Lovely Lily

Written By: Rachel Allyn

Heart of gold, head of steel
She’s been through hell and now she feels like staying all day long in her bed
Lovely Lily, asleep but you’re not dead

Hair of gold, heart of steel
He let he go and now he feels like he still deserves to have her back
Lovely Lily, you know you’re better than that

For six long years they’ve circled ‘round
Waiting for him to let you down, now they’ve all finally got their chance
Lovely Lily, lady of romance

Last night I dreamed that you were queen
But no one told you anything
Except how to love the man who was your king
And your ambition passed you by
A casualty of a love of lies
All you had to show was a ring
From a king who knew it didn’t mean anything

She’s walking down the boulevard
Waiting on a shooting star to fall to earth and light the way back home
But lovely Lily, you’ve got time to roam

Heart of gold, head of steel
She’s been through hell and now she feels like she deserves the best there is to get
Lovely Lily, this ain’t over yet

Last night I dreamed that you were queen
You never wanted anything
But you had all that you could ever need
Lovely Lily, take your time
A long fought war, a fine old wine
If you hang on it’s just beyond the bend
Lovely Lily, it’s sweeter in the end

Ain't No Fun

Written By: Rachel Allyn

Well you went into the city but there’s nothing there to do, it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun
So you drive out to the village and everybody stares at you, it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun

What are you supposed to do when you’re young and in love?
You wanna live the free life but this town just ain’t enough
And it ain’t no fun, it ain’t no fun

You rode on down the river but it don’t lead nowhere, it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun
So you jump into the ocean, and breathe the salty air, but it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun

What are you supposed to do when you’re young and in love?
You wanna live the free life but the water ain’t enough
And it ain’t no fun, it ain’t no fun

You sat on top the mountain but there’s nothing there to see, it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun
So you slide into the valley and you lay against a tree, but it ain’t no fun
It ain’t no fun

What are you supposed to do when you’re young and in love?
You wanna live the free life but the sunshine ain’t enough
And it ain’t no fun, it ain’t no fun

Oh well you thought that you’d get married so you went and bought a ring, you figured it’d be fun
But it ain’t no fun
Walk on down to town hall and legalize this fling, you thought she was the one
Look what you’ve done

What are you supposed to do when you’re young and in love?
You wanna live the free life but the vows, they ain’t enough
And it ain’t no fun, it ain’t no fun
And it ain’t no fun, it ain’t no fun

Restless Times (Call For Reckless Measures)

Written By: Rachel Allyn/Warren Hibbert

This little bitty city’s really getting on my nerves
Everybody’s talking but I can’t make out the words
Sometimes I like to think they’ve been talking about us
That crazy little couple falling in and out of lust
Forget leaving town, I wanna (stir/tear) it up

You and I got dreams, baby, you and I got style
We’re gonna make a lot of money, gonna do it with a smile
But right now we’re broke and nothing comes cheap
College educated at the bottom of the heap
It’s eleven in the morning and your talking in your sleep

Wake up
Tune in
They won’t know where to find us, but they’ll sure know where we’ve been

Restless times call for reckless measures
We won’t do anybody no harm
We’ll run around town chasing after pleasures
Baby why’d it take us so long?
Restless dreams make for reckless fools
But you know I’m gonna take that risk
As long as I’m fooling ‘round with you
I can rest in my recklessness
Oh yes, I can rest in my recklessness

You can start me up with one single little touch
Til now I didn’t think I even missed you that much
I can’t pay attention to what’s on the movie screen
I see your face on every page of every magazine
Don’t wanna keep it quiet, don’t you wanna make a scene?

Stand up
Hold on
As long as we agree, then we’re not doing nothing wrong

Restless times call for reckless measures
We won’t do anybody no harm
We’ll run around town chasing after pleasures
Baby why’d it take us so long?
Restless dreams make for reckless fools
But you know I’m gonna take that risk
As long as I’m fooling ‘round with you
I can rest in my recklessness
Oh yes, I can rest in my recklessness

Triggerman

Written By: Rachel Allyn/Warren Hibbert

I’ve got my hands up high
Please don’t handcuff me this time
I won’t make no sudden moves
Baby, this I promise you

But allow me to explain
This is all a big mistake
I never meant to fall so hard
Never meant to put down my guard

But now my safety’s disengaged
And what’s past cannot be changed
Now you’ve got the ammunition
To ensure my demolition
I can see your aim is true
Tell me, how can I get through?

Hey mister triggerman
I need you to understand
That you’ve already got me
Yeah I’m right here where you want me
Baby, drop the gun
I promise not to run
Oh, be the bigger man
Don’t pull the trigger, man

Baby, give me some time
I’ve got no reason got no rhyme
But I’ve never been the kind
To let a boy blow up my mind

You’re an arsenal of trouble
When you touch me there it doubles
Every weapon you’re possessing
Has got me second guessing

Every move you’ve made this far
Every mood I’ve tried to starve
Every kiss we’ve ever had
Is it good or is it bad?
Can’t seem to find my head
If you shoot me now I’m dead

Hey mister triggerman
I need you to understand
That you’ve already got me
Yeah I’m right here where you want me
Baby, drop the gun
I promise not to run
Oh, be the bigger man
Please don’t pull the trigger, man

If you put the gun in your hand to my head
What can I do?
When I gave it to you

Hey mister triggerman
I need you to understand
That you’ve already got me
Yeah I’m right here where you want me
Baby, drop the gun
I promise not to run
Oh, be the bigger man
Please don’t pull the trigger, man
No don’t you pull that trigger, man
Please don’t pull the trigger

October

Written By: Rachel Allyn/Warren Hibbert

Snow came early
Fell in a hurry
Blanket the hillside
Cover your gravesite

The end of October
Never moved slower
Feeling your presence
In spite of your absence

Living in memory
Frozen in time
Captured in pictures
Fresh in my mind

I never called you in September
I thought about it once but I forgot to remember
And then you left us in October
Now every October I wish that I could do it over

You and me singing
“Silver bells ringing”
I can still hear it
But I’m nowhere near it

We pour the bourbon
You would be serving
We raise our glasses
My, how time passes

I waved goodbye
I went on living
And then you died
I can’t be forgiven

I never called you in September
I thought about it once but I forgot to remember
And then you left us in October
Now every October I wish that I could do it over

All the trees were still full of leaves when the snow began to fall
Yellow, red, green, brown, the weight of white ripped them down
I could hear the creak of the limbs as they fought to stay alive
They weren’t ready, I’m not ready
How could it be four years already?

I never called you in September
I thought about it once but I forgot to remember
And then you left us in October
Now every October I wish that I could do it over

I wish that I could do it over

Do It Yourself

Written By: Rachel Allyn/Warren Hibbert

Nobody’s listening
Keep on twisting
The words around inside of my head
World is turning
House is burning
The car’s in the parking lot dead

Think I need a partner in crime
Somebody to hold me when I do my time
She turns her back
He puts you on a shelf
When nobody’s on your side you gotta do it yourself

No more lying
Strategizing
Looking for a good place to hide
Close the curtains
Feel the hurting
Take a breath and put it aside

Think I need to get me some sleep
Gotta tread the water when the water’s deep
She turned her back
He put you on a shelf
Nobody’s gonna do it for you, you gotta do it yourself

Keep your eyes
On the prize
Run when you gotta run, run, run…

Nobody’s listening
Keep on twisting
The words around inside of my head

Think I need a partner in crime
Somebody to hold me when I do my time
She turns her back
He puts you on a shelf
When nobody’s on your side you gotta do it yourself
She turns her back
He puts you on a shelf
Nobody’s gonna do it for you, you gotta do it yourself

Sweet Sunshower

Written By: Rachel Allyn/Warren Hibbert

She won’t sleep when the thunder comes
And the pouring rain taps her windowpane
She’ll hide her head beneath the covers
But the storm won’t yield for a cotton shield

Yeah the earth needs its share of rain
But my baby shouldn’t have to bear the pain

Sweet sun shower come
Sweet sun shower come
Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun
Sweet sun shower come

Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry
I’d face all my fears to save your tears
But I can’t keep her trapped inside
Soft rug floors and dead locked doors

Still when the rain decides to come again
I’ll be right there to hold her hand

Sweet sun shower come
Sweet sun shower come
Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun
Sweet sun shower come

Oh she tells me that everything’s okay
And she’d be fine if I would simply walk away
But I know that there’s a chance of rain today

Sweet sun shower come
Sweet sun shower come
Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun
Sweet sun shower come

Discography

Late Nights and Early Mornings EP (2009)
"Gettin' By (AMA Remix)" Single (2010)
"Say Hello To Goodbye" Single (2011)
"Lovely Lily" Single (2011)
"Ain't No Fun" Single (2011)
Do It Yourself LP (2013)

Set List

1. Stand Up/Train in Vain – Sugarland/The Clash
2. It Happens – Sugarland
3. Dear Prudence – The Beatles
4. God Fearin’ Women – Martina McBride
5. Last Name – Carrie Underwood
6. Baggage Claim – Miranda Lambert
7. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
8. Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
9. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
10. Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
11. Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles
12. Down on The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
13. You Never Can Tell – Emmylou Harris
14. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
15. Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
16. Long Time Gone – The Dixie Chicks
17. Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
18. Kerosene – Miranda Lambert
19. Peace, Love, and Understanding – Elvis Costello
20. Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp
21. Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers
22. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
23. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
24. Don’t Do Me Like That –