Rebecca Shepski

Rebecca Shepski

BandPop

Apparently, i'm 'undiscovered'...from where i'm standing that means i'm somewhat reluctant to step into the spotlight. I don't even know what 'genre' i am. I didn't realise it was important.

Biography

"After eight years of piano lessons, I still can't sight read, mostly because I don't want to. I have the attention span of a gold-fish on crack. But give me a song I can listen to that moves me, and in an hour I’ll have it figured out."

Born in Ballarat (Victoria, Australia), Rebecca grew up singing in church choirs and began to song-write following her move to Melbourne in 2002, inspired by her first encounters with heart-break, loneliness and human struggle.

She studied social work and completed her bachelor degree whilst working part-time at a private girl’s boarding school. There, her songs became a way of telling bedtime stories, of livening up rainy Sunday afternoons and encouraging creativity in the young lives around her.

Burdened with a heart for suffering people, she devoted herself to work with the homeless, juvenile offenders, forensic patients, and adolescents suffering from first-episode psychosis. Moved by their stories of heartache, grief and loss, her songs became a way to capture and remember them, long after she had moved on.

"Every song for me is a snap-shot of moment in my life where I was moved in some way; a death, a break-up, a triumph, a frustration. Sharing them always feels somewhat exposing...but it's honest."

Lyrics

Stand Up Man

Written By: Rebecca Shepski

Spotlight
Can you feel the heat on your face?
Tonight
Brittle nerves are taking over
Take your pride into your hands
Hold it tight
And Don't wonder
Don't wonder

Spotlight
Praying for smiles like Ghandi prays for peace
Tonight
Is all you have to bring the curtain down
So take it while you can
Throw it up
And Don't wonder
Don't wonder

This time, you're the stand up man
This time, the crowd's your blanket
And hey, will it keep you warm?
Will it keep you safe and sound?
You throw your one line down
Old joke for this old town
And hey if you keep them laughing
Maybe things, things will get better
Yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

There was a time when time stood still
You were all you were and that was everything
Now it has you bound in chains
Your arms tied tightly to the stage
And you dance like a child in heaven
Like a puppet on a string
But you cry when the curtains close
When the shadows eat up everything

(Chorus)
Cause
This time you're the stand up man
This time the crowd's your blanket
And hey will it keep you warm?
Will it keep you safe and sound?
you throw your one line down
Old joke for this old town
And hey, if you keep them laughing
Maybe things, things will get better
Yeah, yeah

You Throw your one line down
Old joke for this old town
And hey, keep em laughing maybe things
Things will get better
Yeah, yeah

What will you hope for?
What will you find?
Stand up man
Stand up man
Will you let your guard down
Will you give up your fight
Stand up man
Who are you standing for?

(Who are you standing for? )

Somebody Help Me

Written By: Rebecca Shepski

This life, it gets me down
But who can I call when there's nobody around?
I can't do this on my own
All i know is I'm being alone

Somebody help me
See the silver lining
In the clouds
That shadow me
And bring my castle to the ground
I'm drowning in the wave
And i can't seem to see
A way out
As the wave comes crashing over me

The world can be a lonely place
Search the crowds to find a friendly face
I can't get away from the hoards of people here
So tell me, why is it loneliness i fear?