Rebecca Lappa

Rebecca Lappa

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
SoloFolkPop

Rebecca Lappa, 2016 Edmonton Music Awards Nominee, 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and 2015 Edmonton Music Awards winner, is a storyteller songstress. Her voice is pure and clear like a mountain stream, with bubbling freshness and hidden depths. Delivering haunting, soulful and elegant lyrics, Rebecca performs with confidence, plucking the audiences' heartstrings or tickling their funny bone. Rebecca and The Revelry are comprised of drummer Evan Stewart and bassist Madi Mhyre.

Biography

Whether playing an intimate concert or on an Edmonton Folk Festival stage, 19 year old Rebecca Lappa is loving every minute of her journey into the world of music.  

"With that beautiful voice and writing talent, she will no doubt make waves in her homeland and beyond" Folk World, 11/2014

With a haunting voice and elegant lyrics she delivers a musical renaissance inspired by history, poetry and life events spun with romance, fantasy and intelligent wit.  In short, Rebecca is resurrecting the art of the 'Folktale' and making it accessible and hip again!

“Her musical style transitions effortlessly between folk, pop, jazz and blues. She draws influence from almost every genre and creates a unique sound to fit the individual stories told in her songs”.  The Griff. Oct/2015

Rebecca was honoured to win Young Performer of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for  “Tattered Rose”.  This was her fifth CD nominated in 5 years.  This album was nominated for an 2016 Edmonton Music Award.

“Leaning on her strong writing skills and powerful vocals, Rebecca delivers an amazing, fresh new folk record. Even with just seven songs, Rebecca manages to captivate the listener. Each song tells a story; a history lesson for some brought to life by angelic vocals and inspiring musicianship”.  #YEG Music Magazine, Nov/2015

Rebecca is currently working on her next CD with producer Russell Broom. This project will take her music in a more Alt-Pop direction and is being supported by a Factor Juried Sound Recording Grant.

Recent awards include Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, Sonic Youth win at the 2013 & 2015 Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contests, Shine My Demo win at 2015 SongRise Conference and the CN Youth Artist Award at the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. 

She’s performed at the Edmonton, Canmore, Winnipeg, Calgary Folkfests and Ottawa Bluesfest.  She’s showcased at the TD Green Room Juno Showcase, St. John CFMAs, Calgary CFMAs, Edmonton CFMAs, Edmonton CCMA Livestock stage, Folk Music Ontario, Folk Alliance International, SongRise Conference, MacEwan Unhiversity and as the “Young Albertan” @ Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta 2013 Showcase. 

Stretching herself as a playwright, she wrote and performed The Earl: a Folk Opera at Nextfest 2013 & 2014.  She performed her historical circus musical, The Great Edmonton Elephant Stampede of 1926 at Nextfest 2014 and the 2015 Edmonton Storytellers Festival showing “a remarkable display of confidence, song­writing dexterity, & enthusiasm for quirky detail. Very impressive, and fun.” Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal. In June she  performed her newest musical, Camelot Rocks with a band and 2 other singers at Nextfest 2016.

Always growing and developing as a songwriter, Rebecca was selected to participate in the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat in Winnipeg in February 2016, and as the Open Chair for the Songwriters Association of Canada Songworks Camp in Edmonton in August 2016.

Her music has been played on independent and campus radio across Canada, charting in the Roots/Folk programs.  Rebecca is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Music at MacEwan University in Edmonton with a major in Composition and Songwriting. At MacEwan, she met Madi Myhre and Evan Stewart and together they perform as Rebecca and The Revelry.  Rebecca is booking the 2017 Festival season through Porch Swing Entertainment.

“The evidence is piling up – that Rebecca Lappa is at the top of the class of great new artists from Edmonton.  Fans rave about her voice: a rich, soft, soulful tone deployed with obvious technical proficiency. There’s no doubt Lappa would impress the judges on The Voice.  Record labels and publishers: please commence the bidding war.” 
GigCity, Nov/2015

 

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

Tastes This Good

Written By: Rebecca lappa

Verse 1:
So you want to be a knight
Be true and do what's right
If there's a maiden to be saved
You must be stalwart and brave
So when you start to get discouraged
Time for a round of liquid courage

Chorus:
Can't be so bad if it tastes this good
And my courage burned like I knew it would
Can’t be so bad if it tastes this good

Verse 2:
When peasants interrupt your feast
Begging kill the fiery beast
And the whole hall looks to you
You know you have a job to do
So before you slay the dragon
Just make time for one more flagon

Verse 3:
And upon the kings behest
You'll gladly join the quest
And you know you will prevail
When you're fortified with ale
So you mount your trusty steed
And pack a flask of mead

Verse 4:
Yes some people they disagree
They say drinkings a disease
Well just take it as a sign
Even The Lord he drinks wine
And He'll lift your spirit up
Each time you drink from his cup

Final Chorus:
It can’t be so bad if it tastes this good
My courage burned like I knew it would
The spark that lights my flame,
Wild and untamed,
Can't be so bad if it tastes this good
It may be bad but it tastes so good
Can't be so bad if it tastes so good
Tastes so good, mmmmmm
Tastes so good

Brother John

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

I courted with a pretty maid
Her eyes as green as the summers day
I asked her to marry me
And this is what she told me

Go ask for my hand
From my father, my mother, my sweet sister Anne
Don't forget my brother John
His temper wicked and strong

I went and asked for her hand
Her family said that they were glad
Unfortunately I never thought
Of the one person that I forgot

I asked for her hand
From her father, her mother, her sweet sister Anne
I forgot her brother John
His temper wicked and strong

I watched her as she walked to me
Her gold hair blowing in the breeze
Her arms reached out towards me
But John went and stabbed her deep

And she fell to her knees
I got down beside her and begged God mercy please
John laughed maniacally
Dropped the knife and ran with glee

As she died she whispered dear
So sweet and quiet in my ear
For my family give my ring
And for John let the gallows noose swing

I held her close and I did sing
And to her family I gave the golden ring
And as for her brother John
Upon the gallows pole he was hung

Piece of Me

Written By: Rebecca |Lappa

Verse 1
If life is a masterpiece, each strokes its own story
You can't appreciate the final design, if you don't take the journey
Each new experience adds a swirl of colour
You are a work of art, unlike any other

Chorus
We each choose our own way
Like birds we will roam
With my heart as my compass
I follow my soul
And as I wander down this road
And go where the wind blows
I'll always return home
Cause I know you have a piece of me
A piece of me (2X)

Verse 2
With a leap of faith, you fling away your fears
You dance like no ones watching and smile through the tears
With hard work and practice, you’re The Lord of the dance
The impossible can happen, if you just take a chance

Bridge
This is our swan song, the final hurrah
Our path has led us here, take the curtain call
This end is really a beginning, it's a time of rebirth
Broaden our horizons and soar across the earth

Jamie's Love

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Where have you been my Peggy
where have you been
I was in the garden, mother
Among the flowers green

You may have been there my young one
But you were not alone
Your poor father saw you in Jamie's arms
As the moon shone bright and full

My father saw me in Jamie's arms
He'll see me there again
For I will sleep in Jamie's arms
Until my breath comes to an end

Don't lay the blame on him my mother
Lay it all on me
I cannot keep away from Jamie
And he cannot away from me

But my darling Peggy he is a roge
Your Jamie is a loon
He plays music on the streets for money
Peggy what will you do

Your Jamie doesn't have a home
Where will you go
If you run away with him
I'm sorry but your on your own

If thats how you feel my mother
Then you should know
Me and Jamie we leave tonight
And will be married on the morrow

I’ll slam the door and I will run
The cool air against my skin
Jamies waiting in the garden
For our life to begin

We'll steel away into the night
Together hand and hand
And by the light of the morning
The church bells will ring

Father will curse and you may cry
But we won't give a damn
For me and Jamie will be together
United woman and man

Don't lay the blame on him my mother
Lay it all on me
I cannot keep away from Jamie
And he cannot away from me

Rose Coloured Lenses

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1
I see people through rose coloured lenses
It's crazy that's all I see
On their best behaviour
Or what I know they could be
It's amazing how I miss so much
And give till there's no more to share
Delicate and fragile are a pair
Of rose coloured lenses (2X)

Verse 2
To me loves is river
That winds it's way to the sea
As the current grows stronger
My passion blows through the trees
Always flowing and changing
But one thing stays the same
The water always washes over me
Love is a river (2X)

Verse 3
Truth is the only language
That I do speak
And when I let my hair down
People call me weak
So I must be as hard as stone
For my heart is too big
Pretending to be unaware
That truth is a language (2X)

Verse 1 again

Perfect

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse
Little hands and little feet
With open hearts and eyes that speak
Wonders without a word
The purest laugh anyone's heard
Just like the new fallen snow
Sparkling and beautiful
You take my breath away
Every time and now I say

Chorus
Do you wonder where it goes?
Why do our hearts grow cold?
Criticize our fellow man
How come we can't understand?
That for a moment we were all the same
Woah
For a moment we were all the same
Perfect in every way

Verse
You are the morning sun
Giving light to everyone
Bringing me peace of mind
You are the twinkle in my eyes
Delicate like a blooming flower
Your rain is kind like April showers
You make my world go round
Even if you don't make a sound

Bridge
We learn as we grow
To carry hate in our souls
Forgetting the kindness
And love we'd been shown

Anchor Tattoo

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse
'Twas the sunrise of the morning
when the ships they came a shore
I could feel it blowing in the air
That was when I saw her
A brawny sailor lass
She winked at me and I couldn’t help but stare
She had skin of ivory
and hair as black as night
And in that moment my love for her was true
Put her hand on her hip
She blew me a kiss
upon her wrist there was an anchor tattoo

Chorus
An anchor tattoo painted softly on her wrist
What mysteries could it hold, would I dare to kiss
Her in the candlelight, at the Wayward Inn
I'd love her every night, and would it be a sin
No matter where I go, no matter what I do
I'll always remember, her anchor tattoo
Her anchor tattoo

Verse
I met her in the market
The following afternoon
I could see it burning in her eyes
She held out her hand
I took it like a gentleman
For I knew she was an angel in disguise
We danced late into the night
Under a blanket of stars
I held her close, her eyes they were so blue
Kissed her gently on the lips
Who knew my heart could feel like this
Thanks to the girl with an anchor tattoo

Bridge
I spent with her the whole summer
She was my one and only lover
And she was called away from me
Back to her true love the sea

Breathe in the Storm

Written By: Rebeccca Lappa

Verse
You’re captivated by my beauty
You always show your love to me
But then the wind it started blowing
And your temper became no mystery

My love, you pricked me like a rose
Yeah, you cut me nice and deep
And as the rain begins to fall
Mmmm, it comes as a relief

Chorus
I've got to breathe in the storm
Let it wash away my bitter scorn
Breathe in the storm
The truth is buried with the thorn

Verse
When you only pay attention
To the seeds in your mind
And the thunder starts to roll
You can't read the signs

Oh my love it's complicated
When you don’t see what it does to me
And you won't give an explanation
Oh you make me want to seethe

Bridge
Everybody needs forgiveness
I beg you do the same for me
Cause we are fragile like the roses
And won't survive disharmony

Final Chorus
Breathe in the storm
Let it wash away my bitter scorn
Breathe in the storm
The truth was buried with the thorn
Mmmm, the truth was buried with the thorn

Crawl

Written By: Rebecca Lappa

Verse 1
Fighting with reality
Said this decision’s up to me
To her friend as the phone sharply rings
He’s at it again
Getting high with his friends
To be with him she will do anything
But the love she receives
Is conjured make believe
As the genies and other folk lore
He's inside her head
And when he takes her to bed
He treats her like she's a whore

Chorus
There's cruel and there's kind
But he crossed the line
She don’t care at all
Like a dog to its master
She runs that much faster
When she’s caught
The lime tennis ball
Deserves so much better
Than gold chains and a sweater
With an ego as big as his gall
She waits for his call
Ready to crawl

Verse 2
Even if people see
They still won't believe
She didn't want it to turn out that way
He pushes her around
But she won't stand her ground
Her heart's malleable as clay
No one else hears her cries
Or sees the pain in her eyes
When she finally tells him to go
He says just wait and see
You'll be call'n for me
It's the truth and deep down she knows

Bridge
Hours of screaming but she keeps believing
It's better than being alone
A moment of bliss before his next fit
Is worth all the hours on the phone
She’s not a fool to admit that he's cruel
Can she stop playing his game?
The power to choose, to use or to lose
Believe in her self and change

Last Chorus
There's cruel and there's kind
And he crossed the line
Does she care at all?
Like a dog from its master
She runs that much faster
When he whips her whenever he calls
She deserves so much better
Than gold chains and a sweater
With an ego as big as his gall
She hears him call
She hears him call
But she's not gonna crawl (3X)

Discography

1. Tattered Rose, June 2015

2. Ode To Tennyson, June 2014

3. Avant Garden, June 2013

4. Myths and Monsters, May 2012

5. Not in Neverland, March 2011

6. Young Voice Old Soul EP, September 2009

7. 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".