Posts by rachelvision

Lyrics by Rachel Shaw

   I bleed words

 

I write because I am compelled to. 

There are times I savour metaphors and song ideas like a fine wine. 

Often, though, when I put my pen to paper... I have no idea what is going to creep out on the page. 

 I am a stranger to my ideas they are until they are scrawled in a creative frenzy.

It truly can feel, at times, as if the words are choosing me -As if I am a blank page observing my unconscious mind. 

Sometimes they are my stories, and quite often, they are simply observations of an introverted soul.     

Welcome to the rabbit hole of my mind...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paper Cranes 

 

You’ve walked along over coals and fire

Always doing what you had to do

Your weapons raised up for the fight

Your shoes are wearing through

Regret can almost ricochet

Like bullets through the brain

So let the trouble fall from your shoulders 

washing over you like rain

 

Paper cranes are falling from the sky

Hope comes in stronger with each passing tide

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping 

No no no

Sometimes, a soldier needs to hide

 

Your blood stained clothes

are drenched with tears

you've never ever cried

The brave have fallen on your watch

But somehow you’re alive

And Jimmy’s mom - she’s got that forelorn gaze

her son was taken in his prime

His death is weighing heavy still

you couldn't get to him in time

 

Paper cranes are falling from the sky

Hope comes in stronger with each passing tide.

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping

No no no

Sometimes a soldier needs to hide

 

Paper cranes are falling from the sky

hope comes in stronger with each passing tide

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping

No no no--

Sometimes, a soldier needs to hide.

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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High School Jeans

 

We all wore those high school jeans

Doubled down on everything

But there were always nets to catch our fall

We had the world all figured out 

At the drop of our hats, we’d run our mouths 

The truth is, we didn’t know much at all

 

We are not our story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down 

The faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate

Casting shadows on this place
 
 

Encasing gold around the past 

Like trophies on the bookshelf  

We forget we ever felt short stacked 

Memories are drugs when they’re in town 

The stakes are so much higher now 

It's getting hard to put the bottle down. 

 

We are not our story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down

And the faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate 

Casting shadows on this place

 

It’s time to step into the game

Stop thinking things should stay the same

No one else is here to make the save

Let those tears wash over you 

There’s still time to see it through

Today you can create new ‘good ol days’

 

It was all a story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down

All the faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate

Casting shadows on this place 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2020

Contemporary Country Song.  

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This Is Your Time

(Imaginary Audiences)

 

Why do you perform for voices who aren’t there?

You’re the first to cast the stone

All that judgement is your own

Standing in the front row

Those stage lights have left you blind

You’re getting tired from never having tried

 

All those imaginary audiences

They’re in your mind

Stealing time

And the faces, and places, and people who hurt you,

They’re gone

But their words won’t desert you

 

You gotta be stronger than the pain

Ready for the rain

Cuz everything’s more beautiful up here

You gotta be bigger than your fear

And sing through every tear

The stage was meant for you

This is your time!

This is your time!

 

Shine a little brighter

Dare to show the world a smile

Life's a shooting star

Only here for a while

 

The script that you've been reading

Well, you've written every word

So why are all your dreams unheard?

 

You gotta be stronger than the pain

Ready for the rain

Cuz everything’s more beautiful up here

You gotta be bigger than your fear

And sing through every tear

The stage was meant for you

This is your time!

This is your time!

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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Intoxicated

You’re intoxicating me 

You’re my drug of choice

I want to hold you close

And listen to your voice 

Take me to your world

To the heights of ecstasy

‘Till my body breaks beneath your chest

And you have me on my knees- 

 

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We’re lovers in a hurricane

Who can't feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there 

Intoxicated.  

 

It is time to escape

from this precipice

This new territory

I just crave your kiss

My world was in control

My heart was in my chest 

Now it’s in your hands

Leaving me a mess -

 

Intoxicated

You bend me to your will

And I am weaker than I’ve ever felt before

Frustrated

Walls falling all around

My excuses fail to find me anymore.  

 

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We're lovers in a hurricane

Who can't feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there

Intoxicated

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2017

For Piano and Neo Soul vocals. 

 

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Toxic Ride

You say your heart just needs a breather

Love seems immortal 'till you leave her...

She don’t want fake diamonds

She don’t want your lies

If you can’t really love her, take a drive

 

I’ll be home a little bit later

Baby I can’t make it back tonight.

The belly of the beast is lustful

You light the match that brings your world to fire

 

Let her go, you know that it’s time to...

Leave the show - Just slip out the side

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

 

There’s sadness in her eyes, but you’re not looking

Truth is, her heart already knows!

Lies trapped in mirrors you're avoiding

You strapped her in, then took a different road

 

Let her go, you know that it’s time to...

Leave the show - Just slip out the side

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

 

Never wake the heart of a woman you can’t love

Someone you know you are not deserving of...

Let her go, you know that it’s time to...

Leave the show - Just slip out the side

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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Beautiful

It takes a little light to form a rainbow.
But sometimes, there's still comfort in the dark.
And though today may hurt too much to handle,
Just know your pain, will turn to faded scars
 
You're still beautiful -like a child
So walk and even fall
But get back up sweetheart, cuz its all
 
Beautiful
Beautiful
Beautiful
So damn beautiful
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It seems our world is full of forlorn faces
So many, living life, for one day soon
Caught at the starting lines of their own races
They paint in greys, but baby that ain't you.
 
You're still beautiful -like a child
So walk and even fall
But get back up sweetheart, cuz its all
 
Beautiful
Beautiful
Beautiful
So damn beautiful
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Maybe all the cotton clouds...are just presidents of past-
A land where fairy tales emerge, and dreams are born
I hope you paint your world with color!
That's how you'll make it past -
All the people who can't see it anymore
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You're still beautiful -like a child
So walk and even fall
But always get back up sweetheart, cuz its all
 
Beautiful
Beautiful
Beautiful
So damn beautiful

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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2am Skies  

 
I feel the pain of a neighbour building those clouds over top of her head
Twirls the highlights in her hair,
sold her body to keep those babies fed
 
I feel the pain of a brother with the secrets you’ll discover when his world crumbles down
Later he’ll be lookin’ for veins
close to falling six feet under ground.
 
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
 
Forgotten old man in the alleyway doesn't catch the light of the moon
Got caught up chasing his next win
Now he's curled up in the ruin
 
Hush little child don't make a sound cuz your daddy will be home soon
He's been tripping over his own bottle
But he'll place the blame on you.
 
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
 
Pain is the human condition
But we whitewash the truth
 
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

 

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Intoxicated

You’re intoxicating me 

You’re my drug of choice

I want to hold you close

And listen to your voice 

Take me to your world

To the heights of ecstasy

‘Till my body breaks beneath your chest

And you have me on my knees

 

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We’re lovers in a hurricane

Who can't feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there 

Intoxicated.  

 

It is time to escape

from this precipice

This new territory

I just crave your kiss

My world was in control

My heart was in my chest 

Now it’s in your hands

Leaving me a mess -

 

Intoxicated

You bend me to your will

And I am weaker than I’ve ever felt before

Frustrated

Walls falling all around

My excuses fail to find me anymore.  

 

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We're lovers in a hurricane

Who can't feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there

Intoxicated

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2017

For Piano and Neo Soul vocals. 

 

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This Is Our Night

 

This is Our Night

Fireworks aren’t on display

But we can see them anyway

We're both feel it all

as our worlds

they collide -they collide -they collide- they collide

 

Ocean eyes - ten lifetimes deep

I'm falling in; I'm falling free

Is forever found in your each others arms?

I’m alive. 

I’m alive with you. 

 

You set me free   

I wanna be -

Right here with you

Right now

This is our night

So just hold me.

The world’s unfolding

Lighting up the sky

This is our night

 

If this lasts for just a moment

It will lift me for a lifetime.

I'll never forget the way that you made me feel

 

Fault lines shift - displacing lovers

But we’ve created a new forever

The sky holds this moment - our hearts, in a love that's real. 

 

Set me free

I wanna be

Right here with you

Right now

This is our night

So just hold me

The world’s unfolding

Lighting up the sky.

This is our night

 

We are spinning in kaleidoscope called heaven

Not sure we have the slightest hope, but I'm in.

 

Fireworks aren’t on display

But we can see them anyway

We're both feel it all

as our worlds - they collide -they collide -they collide- collide

Ocean eyes - ten lifetimes deep

I'm falling in; I'm falling free

Is forever found in your each others arms?

I’m alive.  I’m alive with you. 

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2022

 

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Barbed Wire Love

 

I’m slipping in the blood     

that drips from every time you cut me down. 

It's pooling on the floor  

You stand to watch me bleed.  

I’m left alone to die

Only long enough to hunger 

before my breath turns cold

You return to me

 

Pull me in and push me out

A wizard of love's fuckery

And still, the sun sets in your eyes

On vacant skies of misery

 

Trust falling to barbed wire love

curiously catching cutting sweetly

Until my King requests his fill

Your crimson moods deplete me

I sometimes starve myself of breath 

And lick my wounds for just your pleasure  

Hell’s warmer than the sun

Barbed wire love

Barbed wire love

 

Pull me in and push me out

A wizard of love's fuckery

And still, the sun sets in your eyes

On vacant skies of misery

 

Choke my soul

And spit me out 

cuz I’m broken just enough, 

and in my girl interrupted dreams 

You know I always like it rough

 

Pull me in and push me out

A wizard of love's fuckery

And still, the sun sets in your eyes

On vacant skies of misery

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

 

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My Next Chapter's For The Drive

I could never believe you
You've been feeding me lines
Now it's over - My heart knows
You were wasting my time
I've heard all the stories
They're exposing your crimes
So I'll leave when the day breaks
What a mess the heart makes
 
I'm outta here
Nothing's real
All I feel
was steeped in lies.
I'll take the lead
And leave everything else
Baby, my next chapter's for the drive
 
I'm gripping my suitcase
Long before you come home
Yes my eyes are wide open
I now face the unknown
I never wanted to be
stepping out on my own
I sit here with-child
and you're ringing my phone
 
I'm outta here
Nothing's real
All I feel
was steeped in lies.
I'll take the lead
And leave everything else
Baby, my next chapter's for the drive
 
You don't have a cage big enough
to restrain my mind
The taxi's here.
It's pulling up
I'm leaving you behind
 
I'm outta here
Nothing's real
All I feel
was steeped in lies.
I'll take the lead
And leave everything else
Baby, my next chapter's for the drive
 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2022

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Crazy

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I got a suitcase full of memories
Feelings packed in time
Now those pages may be faded,
But your name’s on every line
I'm sitting next to struggles,
That I don't struggle with.
Cuz I’m rewriting us babe
And we're not over yet
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Oh you know me
I like a challenge
And some lessons need to be learned ten-thousand times.
I don’t care to see;
Maybe I enjoy the bind.
Yeah, you know me
I’m not crazy
Ten thousand stories keep you here with me
It’s virtual reality
And I’m virtually ok
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Your 6pm window dinners
I know that’s all for show
It's like she sees me watching
With our song on the radio.
She bought matching his-and-her robes
Now you’re trapped in a cliche
But you stare at a girl over your morning venti
And she looks like me, so, anyway 😉
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Oh you know me
I like a challenge
And some lessons need to be learned ten-thousand times.
I don’t care to see;
Maybe I enjoy the bind.
Yeah, you know me
I’m not crazy
Ten thousand stories keep you here with me.
It’s virtual reality
And I’m virtually ok
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You’re so you in that chair.
I know you love it when I strap you down.
Inviting me inside,
With that sliding door wide open!
If I remove the tape, will you scream through all our kisses?
I know you love the games we play
I’m here for all your wishes.
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Oh you know me
I like a challenge
And some lessons need to be learned ten-thousand times.
I don’t care to see;
Maybe I enjoy the bind.
Yeah, you know me
I’m not crazy
Ten thousand stories keep you here with me
It’s virtual reality
And I’m virtually ok
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Restraining orders from external sources
They don’t get what we share. 😉
I’ve got you trapped in my thoughts
But you’re still free - to love me

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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The Only Road She's Ever Known  

Mothers hold their babies

And their warmth shines in with rays

But that bedroom had no windows;

And no one ever played.  

And though she's not so little

She’s still borderline distraught

The world seems safe

Then she sees your face

And believes it’s not

 

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

 

Skyscraper towers

Child, Put those blocks away

You're wasting time chasing happiness

Listen and obey

blueprints of only black and white

Mother needs control

Your love came with an ROI

But she couldn't play her role

 

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire,

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

Are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

 

Nice girls are agreeable

They don’t speak out of turn

Curiosity is sin

Obey instead of learn!

She watched you stitching your mouth tight

And hating with your eyes 

Behind their backs, you went on attack

So quick to criticize

 

You skimmed her book 'till chapter two

Never bothered to read on

Yet you weave a tale of disrepair

And now they've pegged her wrong

 

“Ungrateful child with a gleaming tongue

Her life is but undone…”

But ladders of self-righteousness

may one day lose a rung.

 

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

Are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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Compositions by Rachel A. R. Shaw

Instagram snippets of works in progress 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compositions by Rachel A. R. Shaw


Hollywood Melancholy

Composer: Rachel A. R. Shaw         





Sample of my creative process

This is what my creative process looks like.  I am composing on the fly. This was recorded live as I played with musical material I had been playing with. This is very rough material that will go into a composition.  I try not to judge my work as I create.  I sit back and listen later on and decide what makes the cut and then expand on it.  It needs much refinement but there are some interesting things going on.  And from this, I will build my piece. The soundscape is supposed to imitate the movement of water which will eventually turn into swells. 

 Improvised by: Rachel A. R. Shaw