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Shows

July 31, 2017
Plough & Stars @ 10pm
Cambridge, MA US

August 30, 2017
Great Allentown Fair @ 3pm
Allentown, PA US

August 31, 2017
Great Allentown Fair @ 3pm
Allentown, PA US

Bio

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot and the Kennedys.

Lyrics

Chances
Grey
Hear Me Now
Just Another Girl
Keep On Shining
Lead, Paper, Paint & Tea
Let Me Down
Monopoly
October
The Peacemakers
The River
The Self-Worth Song
Soar
Static
TCS

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Soar

I sit alone on a dusty floor
In a hazy light so calm and pure
I only wish I could be sure
That someday I will soar
'Cause my soft, smooth skin is growing rough
And my easy right is getting tough
And it seems I'm never good enough
Anymore

But if I fly too high, will the sun burn my wings?
And if I reach the sky, will my lungs still sing?
It costs a lot for everything I ever wanted

It costs a lot for everything I ever wanted

The blinding lights on this empty stage
Fill the yellow tint of this empty page
And I think that it would show my age
To lay down here and cry
But I'm scared these seats will never fill
And this stage will stay alone and still
And all I'll have is that I'm still alive

But if I cry too long, will I crash all too soon?
And if I sing this song, will it carry across this room?
It takes a lot to sing over all the noise
It takes a lot to sing over all the noise

And if I sing I will risk my heart
And if you hear these words I'll risk being torn apart
And if I fly I will risk the fall
But if I don't sing I'll risk never being heard at all

I sit alone on a dusty floor
In a hazy light so calm and pure
I only wish I could be sure
That someday I will soar

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Chances

Soft words, spoken in poetry
Tattered and broken, weathered and worn
A soft breeze, winds blowing faster
And shortly thereafter, these pages are torn
On this windy day, my words float away
But here you stay
Are you here to stay?

'Cause here between
Awkward glances and missing chances
I'm waiting for you – I'm waiting for you
To move me, for you to make your move
And here in this moment of weakness
I realize I have nothing left to prove
And nothing left to lose

Soft words, spoken in helplessness
Screaming inside, can you see in my eyes
That my heart's turning tables, I try to keep stable
But it's not so easy when chances roll by
And you just chase them away
Do you have to play these games?

'Cause here between
Awkward glances and missing chances
I'm waiting for you to – I'm waiting for you
To choose me, for you to make your choice
But no matter how much I scream, no matter how desperately
You cover your ears so you don't hear my voice
So you don't hear this noise

And here between
Awkward glances and missing chances
I've decided that I won't hit the ground
You won't keep me down
I won't buy this, no I won't be silenced
I'll keep singing until you hear my voice
'Til you don't have a choice

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Just Another Girl

Last time we talked about it, we decided it was best
You didn't want me to be just another girl
When we went back into our own separate worlds
And in my own frustration, I look at what we've got left
My frustration is drowned in your smile
And I forget about that decision for a while

These days I'm not afraid of being just another girl
I'm not afraid of being someone you won't see
I'm afraid that I'll relive all of the pain you put me through
And I'm afraid that you'll mean everything to me

But I'm sure I'm worth more than just another girl
Yeah, I'm sure I'm worth more than just another girl

When I think about it, it all makes sense
And I think that it's all gonna work out fine
When you hands are linked with mine
And in the moment, it all seems so intense
And I don't wanna wake up the moment it's gone
I don't wanna discover that I was wrong

These days I'm not afraid of being left out on my own
I'm not afraid of having nothing to believe
I'm afraid that we'll grow closer than we ever have before
And that I'll be bent and broken when you leave

But I'm sure I'm worth more than just another girl
Yeah, I'm sure I'm worth more than just another girl

I've been told if you're not sure that I'm worth more than just another girl
That you're not worth my time, but see, you are
'Cause if I wanted to let go, I would have done it long ago, 'cause baby
you're my hope and you're my star

I'm sure I'm worth more than just another girl

Yeah, I'm sure you know that I'm worth more than just another girl

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Grey

Dazed and dreaming, stumbling through the cold

Letting go of everything I'd been told
Was harder than it sounded
And it sounded pretty hard
Grey clouds form and down the grey snow pours
Tainted as my grey heart 'cause nothing seems as pure
As it used to
And it's harder to believe

It's hard to believe that love can live alone, uncompromised
When the love that I believe has left your eyes
And you walk away the way you always do
And it makes me wonder if I make it that much easier to

Scared am I of tearing at the seams
Snow melts silently with all my dreams
The life I want so badly
A life that's so surreal
Reading into every little word
Thinking what I wish for is absurd
Makes me think I can't achieve this
Or anything at all

I don't know why I feel so lonely when I play this part
The more I come close to you the more I pull apart
I want to melt your ice-cold stare, your ice-cold heart
But I don't know where to start

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Monopoly

I watch your shiny car go by
From my little orange cell
And it feels like home, feels like home to me
'Cause I've missed it here, though I miss you well
Last time I was out of here
This pity of a jail
I passed by your estate and I took a chance
But I couldn't pay the bail

So now I'm back to where I started from
And I never passed "Go" 'cause I couldn't outrun
The voices in my mind telling me to find another way
So here I am today

I never learned to play this game
The way it's supposed to be
'Cause there's just too much, too much strategy
And this silly deal seems unreal to me
'Cause now you've turned out all my lights
And it's much too dark to see
The dog ran off with my "Get Out Free" card
And you still have the key

So now I'm back to where I started from
And I never passed "Go" 'cause I couldn't outrun
The monsters in my mind telling me you'd never come around
'Cause all your lies would pull you down

My old friends come to visit here
And we gossip through the bars
And they said they'd heard, heard around that you
Had gone and switched my cards
So please don't think I didn't know
Don't think I didn't see
They said you'd hurt me, said you'd hurt me
Said you'd hurt me

You have not won this monopoly
No, you don't have that kind of control of me
'Cause you can't keep jerking the cost
Of the things you've gone and lost

So now I'm back to where I started from
And I never passed "Go" 'cause I couldn't outrun
The fire in your eyes telling me to rise above your voice
It seems I had no other choice

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

October

This was supposed to be October But the leaves refuse to fall
I've been waiting for a change
Haven't we all?
The colors fade from this portrait of you and me
As I grow tired and strained
The leaves stay green in the trees, teasing me
Saying, "it's never going to change"
I need a fresh start and some fresh air without you

But it's still humid and warm
You're off becoming something as I sit in my backyard
Waiting for poetry to form

Then the leaves fall, and you fall away
And the wind hits my face
And though I'm tired, I am inspired by a new light
On this so familiar place
October comes with grace

This was supposed to be a new leaf
But it seems every one's the same
I don't know how to get a fresh start
When everyone here knows my name
This new song sounds wrong to the ones who know me
But I have grown
And though the sound of my voice is not the same
It's still the voice that you have known
I can feel it, a call to be new
And I can finally see
That I have come to some kind of understanding
And there is gold in the trees

Then the leaves fall, and you fall away
And the wind hits my face
And though I'm tired, I am inspired by a new light
On this so familiar place
October comes with grace

You were made for more than this home and your guitar
And these keys could never take you very far
There comes a time for every leaf to change
And the same old October comes in a new way

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Let Me Down

Just look at us today
Did you ever see it working out this way?
You make it easier to smile
Now I know it isn't fair
That in the frosty cold of winter air
I chose to walk alone that mile
And I wonder if I hurt you
And I wonder if you thought I'd desert you

But if I had one answer to one question
One hint, just one suggestion
If you could turn this thing around
Would you let me down?

You missed me every time
And I missed your hints between the lines
But she said I'd marry you someday
Do you believe this superstition?
Or that all my words were lost in transmission

I never know just what to say
And I wonder if you still want this
And I wonder if just one kiss

Would give me one answer to one question
One hint, just one suggestion
If you could turn this thing around
Would you let me down?

You sing with me and that's
All I ever wanted
Memories of you and me
They, they leave me haunted
I'm sorry I didn't see you
When you could've seen something too

I love your eyes
They show me everything you disguise
And it makes it easier to hear
And all you've done for me
Is more than you could ever see
You just need to know I hold you dear
And I wonder if you're feeling tough
And I wonder if that's just not enough

But if I had one answer to one question
One hint, just one suggestion
If you could turn this thing around
Would you let me down?

written by Rachel Marie Schachter
and Hannah Graser

Keep On Shining

Will you stay ablaze for me?
'Cause the sun won't hold
Its gaze upon this street
And it feels so cold
Once upon a time, you'd shine so bright
But your light just wouldn't stay
And suddenly, you're two feet
And a million miles away

Baby, when darkness falls around you
How can I relight your flame?
This match is damp and it won't light
But things can't stay the same
Stop this sighing, crying
And keep on shining

When you dreamed of what you'd be
You know, you were right
You're staring into the image
Of what you had in sight
You are who you are, and it's beautiful still
So don't put up a fight
And if she doesn't see you shine
She isn't worth the light

Baby, when darkness falls around you
How can I relight your flame?
This match is damp and it won't light
But things can't stay the same
Stop this sighing, crying
And keep on shining

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

The River

Just let it go, watch the river flow
Full of life and love and all things new
They'll never know if you don't let it show
What you've done, where you've been, who are you?
The water here is so calm and clear
That when I look to the floor I can see right through
Like I see through you

Look at where you are
It's not very far
From where I'm standing now
If you can find it in your heart to change

I know it looks cool, but don't be fooled
Babe, you'll get burned right up, it's just not safe
You think it looks fun; you're not the only one

But I don't want to see you get washed away
Come back to the pool 'cause those rapids can be so cruel
And when I'm not being angry I'm so afraid
Why can't you just stay?

Look at where you are
It's not very far
From where I'm standing now
If you can find it in your heart to change

We used to be standing on the same ledge
You didn't used to be so close to the edge
You used to listen, but you don't
Hear me anymore
You seem to have made your choice
And I seem to have lost my voice
'Cause I've screamed and screamed
But there's just no cure

You could wade in the stream; this water's clean
It'll take your sin and make you new
If you stop rolling your eyes, you might be surprised
'Cause everything we told you here was true
I'm all out of breath, and this is all I've got left
And I'd hate to think that I've lost you too
After all we've been through

Look at where you are
It's not very far
From where I'm standing now
If you can find it in your heart to change

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Lead, Paper, Paint & Tea

Sleep is my release these days
And my guitar sits on its stand un-played
And in my dreams, I wonder if it misses me
As much as I miss my ebony and ivory keys
What a strife
To realize I have too much of a life to have a life

And I've been wondering what it's worth
Living the day-to-day this way
When in the end, all I've got is an appointment
And nothing of importance to say

I love this road, but I hate the lines
I drive so hard and so fast that I can't see the signs
It's a blur, and I swerve every once in a while, so unsure
So many opportunities, so many roads, and oh, so little time

The clock strikes two and then strikes three
As time just flies away from me
The way it seems to do every day
And it's a wonder I'm keeping on this way
Lead, paper, paint and tea
My mind swirls with science and history
But where's the music gone? I don't know
Two months and I've got none to show

I love this cage, but I hate the bars
It's nice to have somewhere to go, but I can't see the stars
I'm so small and so scared, I feel so tired and so unprepared
And this contemplative silence is broken by the sound of speeding cars
That drive to where you are, whatever, wherever you are

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

The Self-Worth Song

Green really isn't your color
Your envy isn't justified
Just wait until you've heard the lies and
Seen how this weak tint grows duller
As time goes on and passions fade
There are choices hashed and options weighed
And I guess I'm just not that beautiful
Not as tall or as small as those girls on TV
I wonder if it would be too much to ask
If you'll sit and stay with me

Oh, it's true
I love you

Dance with me, my friend
It doesn't have to mean a thing
I just need a place to swing
Between all I resent
And everything that makes me fly
If only you could take me higher
I wish your arms would stay
Here on my waist for a time
Why do you always go away?
You want what's yours, not what's mine

Oh, it's true
I miss you

Memory holds me to you
Nostalgia clings me to your own
The emptiness that I called home but
You've been so much less than true
And being last in this line hurts
When all along, you've been my first
But I guess I'm just not that beautiful
Not as tall or as small as you wished I would be
I wonder if it would be too much to ask
If you'll go, just let me be

Oh, it's true
I won't wait for you

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

The Peacemakers

"Wouldn't it be amazing," she said
"If we could really stop the hunger
Make everyone aware, make everyone care"
So we held our signs
And our faith in human kindness high
And the people on the highway stared

Reach out; speak out
There's nothing left to cry about

When you know those smiling eyes
Are because of you

"I know I can do it," she says
"I'm gonna stop the war
And restore the peace in these poor old streets"
So we hang our signs
From the poles that hang the telephone lines
And say "peace be with you" to everyone we meet

Reach out; speak out
There's nothing left to cry about
When you know those smiling eyes
Are because of you

We have people to care for
We have damage to restore
We know that doing something good
Is only doing what we should
We have a marvelment to stand for
What more could we ask for?

Reach out; speak out
There's nothing left to cry about
When you know those smiling eyes
Are because of you

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Hear Me Now

My soft voice drowns in the laughter
And mischievous smiles of the demons she faces
But still, faithful, following after
Through every curve, the melody traces
And I pray that she hears me now

She toes the edge, a steep canyon
They all stand beside, but they don't hold her hand
And when a breeze blows in and she's no longer standing
They defend the wind rather than save their friend
And I pray that she won't stay down

Well I'm tired and sore from this tug of war
It's a mess and I rest for a while
But you know these ropes aren't tied, won't hold you
Just gotta choose which side to hold on to

My hand's out soon as you come around
Whenever you hit the ground
And I've found
You'll make it back somehow
And I pray that you hear me now

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

Static

I thought I was too strong to ever falter
I thought I was too young to burn away
She told me to stop and smell the roses
Strange advice for such a rainy day
And though I searched, the wind tore down
The only flower I could find
And as the petals close, so does my heart
So does your mind

My heart's afraid of being torn
Your mind's afraid of being wrong
But maybe if we just stopped closing
We'd know just where our hearts belong

So I scream through the storm
And I sing with all my soul
And I smile a smile so warm

It keeps me safe from all this cold
If you speak truth over the static
I'll hear you loud and clear
And if you listen
I can fight away your fears

I've never been the kind to kiss in secret
I've never been the kind to kiss and tell
I've never been the kind to kiss at all
You know this, you know me very well
I've never like that gesture
So lightly viewed
But maybe I could kiss you
And you'd like it too

It's always so complex and hard
This can't come easily
But I just want to take your hand and
Finally become free

So I scream through the storm
And I sing with all my soul
And I smile a smile so warm
It keeps me safe from all this cold
If you speak truth over the static
I'll hear you loud and clear
And if you listen
I can fight away your fears

I see rainbows in the night sky
And rainstorms sing to me
I feel beauty in the earth
And I hear angels in the seas
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But this love's real to me
This love sets me free

So I scream through the storm
And I sing with all my soul
And I smile a smile so warm
It keeps me safe from all this cold
If you speak truth over the static
I'll hear you loud and clear
And if you listen
I can fight away your fears

written by Rachel Marie Schachter

TCS

My lungs are as dry as the winter air we breathe
And they're crumbling inside me like a crisp pile of leaves
Have you ever stopped to wonder how sick you would feel
With leaves just settling in your gut?
But I can't say a thing 'cause you're that thing that I can't have
But if you'd take a moment to stop being so attractive, maybe
This phase would pass and I
Wouldn't feel so stuck

But I don't know why
I can't just let, let this one slide

I wonder if it's strange that when your fingers play those keys
I'd like to think that you would think of serenading me but
I just want to harmonize
Until I'm out of breath
I'd serenade you now, but that'd be awkward and inappropriate
So I'll just stay a safe distance away and serenade myself
Unless you'd take the time to come and listen
But I won't hold my breath 'cause I know

It might take a good deal of time
Before you'd even consider what it would mean to be mine