Riots & Ruins

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i wrote this song...

around 2007 while sitting on my bed in my room one day. I was thinking back over my life—all the things that I've come through and been through. It was never pretty and it was never easy and I'd always felt like that proverbial flower pushing through the cement; felt like anything that could have gone wrong in my life did go wrong.

I'd come up with the verses and the chorus easily. The melody and the music came as natural as the words did. But I could never finish the song. All throughout college, anytime I tried to give it a bridge or a ending, it always felt forced—it never felt right.

Flash forward ten years, 2017 - I realized the ending of this song couldn't sound like the beginning of it. I couldn't end the song singing more about devastation and destruction. I had to end it the same way my story turned out to be—flipped and turned over by love, which came in stealing my ruin for laughter.

My soul had been rioting for so long.

But now it sings; now it laughs.

And I want nothing but the same for you.

 

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Riots & Ruins
by Rachel Kang

Lyrics & Vocals - Rachel Kang
Guitars & Percussion - Shin Kang