Rebecca Rufin

Rebecca Rufin

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Biography

Strong hooks, singable melodies, intelligent & memorable lyrics, unexpected twists. That's what I enjoy in music and strive to create. Sometimes I tackle difficult concepts and subjects that most songwriters avoid. I don't limit myself in terms of musical genres, so my songs vary in style and form, and aren't easily categorized by genre. But they all have a story to tell. I've collaborated with many lyricists and written some great songs that way (like "White Witch", finalist in the 2003 Unisong Songwriting Contest).

I'm an accomplished classical pianist, choir director, passable alto, published choral composer, full-time mom, and full-time licensed mechanical engineer (tedious - but pays for the equipment). Unless you count church services, weddings, and the occasional volunteer concert, I don't really consider myself a "performing artist".

Please enjoy my music. Note my demos are just that, and not intended to be radio-ready. Questions or comments? E-mail me at cramd@oz.net

Lyrics

Eyes Met Eyes

Written By: Rebecca Rufin


Eyes Met Eyes
Copyright 2004 by Rebecca Rufin

Verse 1:
Another day, I'm rising from my lonely bed
I take a shower, hope the water helps to clear my head
I dread all the job hypocrisy,
The incompetent bureaucracy,
The struggle to maintain my own integrity.

Verse 2:
I make the usual morning stop at the coffee shop
You raise your head and meet my eyes, you let your newspaper drop,
The headlines are assaulting you
With war and rape and murder, who
Could ever find a meaning in a world so cruel

Chorus:
A new day is dawning and hope is shining through,
A sense of belonging when I met eyes with you,
Frustration and the futility
That once consumed my every day
Now vanished when my lonely eyes met eyes
With you.

Verse 3:
The morning rush leaves little time for conversation
Yet when we part we feel a new anticipation
For everything we left unsaid
Was spoken with our eyes instead,
Our separate paths are joined together, moving ahead.

Chorus:
A new day is dawning and hope is shining through,
A sense of belonging when I met eyes with you,
Frustration and the futility
That once consumed my every day
Now vanished when my lonely eyes met eyes
With you

With you,

Bridge:
We have the power to drive despair away,
Our love can fill the emptiness that surrounds us every day,
I know that if you take my hand,
There's nothing that we can't withstand,
Together, when my lonely eyes met eyes
With you.

Daddy's Gun

Written By: Rebecca Rufin


DADDY'S GUN (Johnny's Got The Power)
Words & Music Copyright 2005 by Rebecca Rufin

VERSE 1:
Oh yeah, Johnny was a good boy,
Not a blemish in his past,
Straight A student, only problem
Was his friendships didn't last
Johnny was a loner, all alone,
Yeah his daddy was a businessman
Who collected fancy guns,
His mom was always at the mall
and the fancy social clubs.
All he wanted was a little taste of popularity,
And to date the pretty girl in US History,
It never happened.

CHORUS:
Johnny's got the power now,
He's got his daddy's gun,
He's in control of everyone
And he's finally having fun,
Johnny's got the power now,
Gonna blow some heads away,
He wants to have some company
In the deadly game he's playing.

VERSE 2:
There's that zero football hero,
Thinks he'll be a big sports star
Oh no, Johnny will see to it
That he doesn't get that far,
Pull the trigger Johnny, oh, no, no,
There's that girl that turned him down
When he asked her for a date,
If she couldn't see his love for her
He'll make sure she sees the hate,
Pull the trigger!

CHORUS:
Johnny's got the power now,
He's got his daddy's gun,
He's in control of everyone
And he's finally having fun,
Johnny's got the power now,
Gonna blow some heads away,
He wants to have some company
In the deadly game he's playing.

BRIDGE:
Oh they were all so cool and told him
He was just a loser,
Who are the losers now,
Cowering under the tables?
Johnny's got the power now
Until the SWAT Team brings him down,
Blood on the walls,
Destiny calls...

CHORUS:
Johnny's got the power now,
He's got his daddy's gun,
He's in control of everyone
And he's finally having fun,
Johnny's got the power now,
Gonna blow some heads away,
He wants to have some company
In the deadly game he's playing.

Johnny's got the power
Daddy's gun,
Johnny's got the power
Daddy's gun
Johnny's got the power
Daddy's gun, Daddy's gun.

Vampire

Written By: Rebecca Rufin


VAMPIRE

A voice calling out in the night
Penetrates the darkness in my mind,
Summons forth a sweet illusion,
Promising an everlasting life.
I yearn for your touch and your kiss,
Bringing forth an ecstasy unbounded,
Even as you drain my life away,
There's a cost to such forbidden pleasure.

CHORUS:
(Come to me)
Whispering, I hear your voice upon the breeze,
(Come to me)
Promising your love for all eternity,
(Come to me)
Beckoning, when all I want to be is free
(Come to me) Of every thought of you,
(Come to me) The vampire calls to me.

Temptation draws me ever closer,
Fighting with the strength of my desire,
Knowing you only want to use me,
Still I want to burn in your fire,
I know if you capture my soul,
I'll become a creature of the darkness,
Damned and tortured evermore,
Breaking innocent hearts to fill my need.

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE:
And I stumble in the darkness looking for a place to hide,
Then I wait in trembling silence as I long to feel your bite,
You consume me with that burning heat
That satisfies my need,
There’s no escape, the vampire calls to me.

REPEAT CHORUS

Copyright ©2004 by Rebecca Rufin

Mercy

Written By: Rebecca Rufin


MERCY
(Words & music by Rebecca Rufin, copyright 1999 by Rebecca Rufin)

VERSE 1:
I walk into the bar tonight,
My eyes meet yours and sparks ignite,
Another girl is in your arms,
But still you can’t resist my charms.
You catch me by the dancing floor
And ask if we have met before,
And I say “No, but that’s okay,
I’d like to meet you anyway.”

CHORUS:
I want you to know
It’s starting to show
I’m gettin’ to ya!
Soon you’ll be at my mercy.

VERSE 2:
The bar is closed, it’s time to go,
Your girlfriend left you hours ago,
She took the car, it’s cold outside,
You ask if you can hitch a ride.
I park my car outside your place,
You raise your hand and touch my face,
The silence speaks a thousand words,
And in your eyes a fire burns.

CHORUS:
I want you to know
It’s starting to show
I’m gettin’ to ya!
Soon you’ll be at my mercy.

VERSE 3:
It’s now or never, just one chance,
To love or let the moment pass,
You flash a hopeful timid smile,
And ask if I’d come in awhile.
We’re in each other’s arms at last,
The time for turning back is past,
The passion burns and sets us free,
To all-consuming ecstasy.

CHORUS:
I want you to know
It’s starting to show
I’m gettin’ to ya!
Soon you’ll be at my mercy.

VERSE 4:
I watch the sunlight on your face
As I lie in your warm embrace,
The night fresh in your memory,
The tension now serenity.
I feel a tenderness that’s new,
I realize all I want is you,
But are you feeling love’s demand,
Or was this just a one-night stand?

NEW CHORUS:
I want you to know
It’s starting to show
You’ve gotten to me!
Now I am at your mercy.

Straight Talk

Written By: Rebecca Rufin

STRAIGHT TALK

We've been together now for so many years,
We've lived together through fair and stormy weather,
But now I'm sensing that there's something that's changed,
There's something in your life you're wanting rearranged.

Chorus:
Straight Talk! Tell it like it is,
Tell me you don't love me,
Tell me you don't need me,
Straight Talk! Tell it to me true,
If you don't wanna be with me
Then I don't wanna be with you.

I know you well, you're a considerate man,
You wouldn't want to hurt me, you'd never desert me,
I don't want your pity nor your charity,
If I don't have your heart, then there's nothing for me.

Repeat Chorus

Don't feel guilty, it's a waste of our time,
You know I'm strong and I'll get along,
All I ask is that you give me the word,
I'll pack up my bags and I'll never return.

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Maybe it's not over,
Maybe I have read you wrong
Baby think it over,
Search your heart and then speak your mind,
And give it to me!

New Chorus:
Straight Talk! Tell it like it is,
Tell me that you love me,
Tell me that you need me,
Straight Talk! Tell it to me true,
'Cause if you wanna be with me,
Then I wanna be with you (Give it, give it to me)

Repeat New Chorus to end of music

Words & Music Copyright 2002 by Rebecca Rufin

White Witch

Written By: Catherine Ellis & Rebecca Rufin

Verse 1:
Healer, giving life,
Potions brewed at midnight,
Hands with heat, flowing power,
Taking away pain

Chorus:
White witch, mythical creature,
White witch, will I ever reach you?
Alone on a hill,
Does the moon speak to you?

Verse 2:
Teacher, showing truth,
Knowledge given to few,
Earthly magic, nature’s ways,
Mysteries of life.

Chorus:
White witch, powerful creature,
White witch, will I ever reach you?
Alone on a hill,
Does the moon speak to you?

Verse 3:
Lover, giving all,
Is your love returned?
Or do they fear you and cast you out,
Condemn you to death?

Bridge:
Witch! They can’t see,
The walls are built too strong.
Still you try to open their hearts,
Hated because you are a….

Chorus:
White witch, magical creature,
White witch, will I ever reach you?
Alone on a hill,
Does the moon speak to you?

Discography

I'm a composer and lyricist, not a professional performer.