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Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong

by Gracie and Rachel

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1.
Trust 03:55 video
Trust myself, no one else But I got some doubts if I’m being honest On a quest, no regrets Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest Times up, times out, a whisper becomes a shout I will be heard I will say every word Forget the way I was taught to behave No need to forgive, all I gotta do is Trust myself, no one else But I got some doubts if I’m being honest What a mess, all the stress Thought I had the strength but I think I’ve lost it Hold my breath, only yes Gotta find the confidence but keep it modest On a quest, no regrets Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest Turn up, tune in, a revolution will begin Stand up, stand tall, attitude says it all Must right what’s wrong, I won’t play along No need to forgive, all I gotta do is Trust myself, no one else But I got some doubts if I’m being honest What a mess, all the stress Thought I had the strength but I think I’ve lost it Hold my breath, only yes Gotta find the confidence but keep it modest On a quest, no regrets Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest Turn up the volume, I will not be quiet Freedom’s around the corner, I know I can find it Leave the indecision deciding who I am Leave the hesitation, I think I should I think I can Trust myself, I think I can Trust myself, I think I can Trust myself, no one else But I got some doubts if I’m being honest What a mess, all the stress Thought I had the strength but I think I’ve lost it Hold my breath, only yes Gotta find the confidence but keep it modest On a quest, no regrets Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest (Being honest, being honest) Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest (Being honest, being honest) Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest (Being honest, being honest) Gotta trust myself if I’m being honest (Being honest, being honest)
2.
Sidelines 03:42
Standing on the sidelines of myself Just watching everyone else Who’s to say when I play I got a jersey with no name I’ll never be the one to say I want it when I want it when I want it I’ll always be the one to say I can’t do what I can do I’ll never be the one to say never say never say never I’ll always be the one who wonders if always is always true Waiting for a sign is a waste of time When I can find one in my mind Who’s to say where I should go I got a heart looking for a home I’ll never be the one to say I want it when I want it when I want it I’ll always be the one to say I can’t do what I can do I’ll never be the one to say never say never say never I’ll always be the one who wonders if always is always true I’ll never be the one to say I want it when I want it when I want it I’ll always be the one to say I can’t do what I can do I’ll never be the one to say never say never say never I’ll always be the one who wonders if always is always true
3.
I never wake up early, I only wake up late I never need the sunshine, I only need the rain I leave my coffee black, I leave the radio on I leave it on a station where I don’t have to sing along Take me out of my skin so I can learn what’s happening I got all of these layers to me telling me who I should be Take me out of my skin so I can learn what’s happening I got all of these layers to me but who knows what’s underneath Who knows your inside out more than your outside in Who knows your inside out more than your outside in I go out in the world, and I get my checklist done But you should see my hard drive, it’s not like anyone’s And I drive too fast, but it’s not for speed I get ahead of myself like you wouldn’t believe Take me out of my skin so I can learn what’s happening I got all of these layers to me telling me who I should be Take me out of my skin so I can learn what’s happening I got all of these layers to me but who knows what’s underneath Who knows your inside out more than your outside in Who knows your inside out more than your outside in Who knows your inside out more than your outside in Who knows your inside out more than your outside in I put myself to bed, I try to live my dreams Under the covers, who knows what’s underneath
4.
Stranger 03:15
I shake, you shake, we all shake a little bit I fall, you fall, we all fall a little bit So show me what you’re made of cause you know I don’t wanna shake alone Yeah show me what you’re made of cause you know I don’t wanna fall alone Let’s forget our pasts all our lasts all our mistakes I’ll do whatever it takes I just wanna learn, I just wanna earn Every ounce of you I can Patience, anger, no one is a stranger, patience, anger, no one is a stranger I wanna know what I don’t, I wanna know what I don’t Let’s hop in the car and go far on the highway I’ll go anywhere that’s not my way I just wanna learn, I just wanna earn Every ounce of you I can Patience, anger, no one is a stranger, patience, anger, no one is a stranger I wanna know what I don’t I shake, you shake, we all shake a little bit I fall, you fall, we all fall a little bit
5.
Speak 03:16
Sometimes I feel I’m at a loss for words I hear it in my head but it comes out blurred Tongue-tied to find, tongue-tied to find What’s on my mind If you only knew that the only thing I know is here between us I’m still holding strong even if my mouth can’t speak up I know I got it in my heart, I'm still holding strong I know I got it in my heart, even if my mouth can't speak up I know the things to say to make it right But knowing and doing are like day and night Tongue-tied to find, tongue-tied to find What’s on my mind If you only knew that the only thing I know is here between us I’m still holding strong even if my mouth can’t speak up I know I got it in my heart, I'm still holding strong I know I got it in my heart, even if my mouth can't speak up Is saying nothing better than saying it wrong Is being weak really being strong Is saying something better than nothing at all Is taking the leap worth taking the fall If you only knew that the only thing I know is here between us I’m still holding strong even if my mouth can’t speak up I know I got it in my heart, I'm still holding strong I know I got it in my heart, even if my mouth can't speak up I’m still holding strong, even if my mouth can’t speak up
6.
Ideas 03:09 video
Get out of your mind Find out what you find Get out of your mind Find out what you find What you think of yourself Isn’t what they think too How you speak of yourself Is what you make come true So take your little ideas Make them a little bit stronger Throw out the ones you can’t You don’t need them any longer You’ve got a problem for yourself But I can tell it won’t be a hard one to do One plus one plus one plus one plus one Isn’t two So take your little ideas Make them a little bit stronger Throw out the ones you can’t You don’t need them any longer Get out of your mind Find out what you find Get out of your mind Find out what you find Take your little ideas Make them a little bit stronger Throw out the ones you can’t You don’t need them any longer
7.
Floating 03:36
You’re bigger than your own plans Got the answers in your own hands But you’re still standing there Yeah you’re still going nowhere Floating in the clouds but you’re running out of time Come back down, see what you find Someway, somehow you will get out Someway, somehow you will, you will Wishing’s for the dreamers Doing’s for redeemers But you’re still standing there Yeah you’re still going nowhere Floating in the clouds but you’re running out of time Come back down, see what you find Someway, somehow you will get out Someway, somehow you will, you will Break free, believe, repeat Break free, believe, repeat Floating in the clouds but you’re running out of time Come back down, see what you find Someway, somehow you will get out Someway, somehow you will, you will Someway, somehow you will get out Someway, somehow you will, you will Break free, floating in the clouds, floating in the clouds Break free, come back down, come back down Break free, you will, you will Break free, someway somehow
8.
Listen 03:01
Take a walk, take a walk Tell yourself you’re coming back a different human Have a talk, have a talk with yourself Find out what you’re doing I don’t want to believe that you can’t Find some words of wisdom So let your heart pour on it And make sure that you listen To you, to you, to you, to you Now you’re free, now you’re free Just to think about how to live on purpose All you need, all you need is to know What your worth is I don’t want to believe that you can’t Find some words of wisdom So let your heart pour on it And make sure that you listen To you, to you, to you, to you Give yourself permission to listen, to listen Give yourself permission to listen, to listen (to you) Give yourself permission to listen, to listen (to you) Give yourself permission to listen, to listen (to you) Listen to listen, listen to listen Listen to listen, listen
9.
Undo 03:46
Half true, more or less, 100% of the time Half true, more or less, 100% of the time Hello fear, you are my home You’re all that I know Hello weakness, you make me strong You’re writing this song Don’t lose sleep but don’t sleep too long Everything that’s right is everything that’s wrong The faster I move the slower I go The more that I learn the less that I know I’m younger than my future, I’m older than my past I’m coming in first, I’m coming out last Undo undoing, undo undoing, undo undoing Goodbye arrogance, you are my leash You’re nothing I need Goodbye answers, you’re nothing but questions I won’t invest in Don’t lose sleep but don’t sleep too long Everything that’s right is everything that’s wrong The faster I move the slower I go The more that I learn the less that I know I’m younger than my future, I’m older than my past I’m coming in first, I’m coming out last Undo undoing, undo undoing, undo undoing Undo undoing, undo undoing, undo undoing Undo undoing, undo undoing, undo undoing, Undo undoing, undo undoing, undo undoing Undo undoing Half true, more or less, 100% of the time Half true, more or less, 100% of the time
10.
Around 04:36
Forgive me, mama, for I have sinned Caught up in the drama, don’t know what’s happening Thought I was in control, now I think I lost it all Mama, are you listening I feel the earth shake, I feel my heart break down Now that you’re not around I need you now, now that you’re not around I need you, now that you’re not around I’m on my own now, don’t know what to do I’m all alone now but still needing you Thought I had the answers down, now it seems they can’t be found Mama, can you help me through I feel the earth shake, I feel my heart break down Now that you’re not around Now that you’re not around, I need you now Now that you’re not around, now that you’re not around I need you, now that you’re not around If I look back on what was mine, if I rewind I’ll be fine, I know what I’ve lost so I know what I can find If I look back on what was mine, if I rewind I’ll be fine, I know what I’ve lost so I know what I can find If I look back on what was mine, if I rewind I’ll be fine, I know what I’ve lost so I know what I can find I know what I can find, I know what I can find Now that you’re not around I know what I can find, find, find Now that you’re not around Find, find, find Now that you’re not around

about

Gracie and Rachel are magnetic fields: Opposites who attracted and never looked back. A decade ago, when pianist-vocalist Gracie and violinist Rachel met as high schoolers in a modern dance class at their public high school in Berkeley—where they grew up among the city’s progressive politics and encouraging spirit of artistic community—they were quickly intrigued by what the other had.

Rachel was a transfer student from a classical music boarding school who had started on violin as a child, spending her Saturdays at the San Francisco Conservatory, playing chamber music. This strict, regimented background was a clear foil to Gracie’s freer-spirited approach to songwriting and self-expression. Gracie, meanwhile, appreciated Rachel’s knack for structure, theory, and form. “We used to joke that Rachel gave me structure and I gave her freedom,” says Gracie. “That was our foundation in a way. And then we just started to dance with the two.”

These tensions—classically-trained and open-ended, dark and light, timeless and contemporary, certainty and the unknown—have become hallmarks of the modern baroque pop Gracie and Rachel have made ever since. And the power of Gracie and Rachel’s particular alchemy—that of a secret language between musical sisters, with a preternatural melodic sensibility—has never been more potent or realized than on their upcoming sophomore record, Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong, to be released through Ani DiFranco’s label Righteous Babe Records on September 18th. “We wanted to bring a little more color into this record,” Gracie says of its expansive, beat-augmented sound, “to control the landscape sonically before opening it up to other people.”

And the results are tidal. With more focus on billowing electronics and hints of dusky but sharply-defined baroque-pop cadences, Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong bursts open the pristine emotionality of Gracie and Rachel’s self-titled debut from 2017. These 10 bold, oceanic songs chart the crests and crashes of feeling and thinking that one might encounter in the process of perseverance, in working through uncertainty and inner-excavation towards self-possession—towards clarity. “The songs ask us to look directly into the eye of the broken mirror reflection in front of us,” Gracie and Rachel write in a mission statement. “The music is less interested in fixing what’s fragmented than it is in putting value on imperfections for all they’re worth.”

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released September 18, 2020

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Gracie and Rachel, the collaborative duo of keyboardist Gracie Coates and violinist Rachel Ruggles, have been praised by NPR to “make unforgettable, surprising music.” The duo’s new album “Hello Weakness, You make Me Strong” explores the depths of their emotional states and the walls we build up inside ourselves. It’s music to excavate our inner fears and help us find the empowerment from within. ... more

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