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Rachel’s Sister

RACHEL’S SISTER

As far back as I remember
I was always Rachel’s sister
Sometimes I think that started
Before she was even born
She was lively, she was clever
And everybody loved her
And when the men came looking
It was Rachel they looked for
Not me
I was Rachel’s sister.

Jacob found her fetching water
Asked if she was Laban’s daughter
And she ran home to let them know
To make room for one more.
I fell in love that night at dinner
He never saw for watching her
And when the meal was over
It was Rachel he asked for
Not me
I was Rachel’s sister

This is the story as it’s written
But these were the lives we were livin’
Here is the truth, not the one that others told
It’s the one that I know,
I am Rachel’s sister.

They say Jacob was a trickster
But my father brought me forward
On Rachel’s wedding day
Draped in veils upon his arm.
So then Jacob worked the harder
And for Rachel, too, he bartered
Still, I thought I’d win him
When each new son was born
To me: Rachel’s sister.

Then every night I heard her whisper
Give me sons like you gave my sister
And prove that you love me
Prove you love me more
So then one night he did it
Little Joseph was his favorite
But Rachel died in childbirth
When her second son was born
Leaving me
Rachel’s sister.

This is the story as it’s written
But these were the lives we were livin’
Here is the truth, not the one that others told
It’s the one that I know,
I am Rachel’s sister.

Every now and then I wonder
Is he still thinking of her
Though I’m the one who keeps him warm
When the nights are cold
Did she love him as I love him?
Or did she just love to win?
But she’s a blessed memory
So I will never know
I am only
Rachel’s sister.

This is the story as it’s written
These are the lives we were given
Here is the truth, not the one the old men told
It’s the one that I know,
I am Rachel’s sister.

It can only be told
By Rachel’s sister.

Words & Music by Jan Seides
© 2019 Artsong Music (BMI)

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