To Gentlemen (Her Crooked Heart)

by Rachel Ries

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To Gentlemen is the debut release for HER CROOKED HEART, Rachel Ries' new project. This quartet of tunes was culled from a larger, rollicking session recorded in the woods of WI, winter of 2016/17. The songs on To Gentlemen are a snapshot of the album yet to come; an album that is in turns disarmingly spare and deeply danceable. All the songs wade through the ever-rich and roiling waters of loving, leaving and finding new life again.

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released May 5, 2017

Recorded in Eau Claire WI at Pine Hollow & hive.
Co-producers: Shane Leonard & Rachel Ries
Piano, vocals: Rachel Ries
Drums, Percussion: Shane Leonard
Bass: Pat Keen
Saxophone: Mike Lewis
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: John DeHaven
Recorded & Mixed by Brian Fredrick Joseph
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

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Rachel Ries Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. ... more

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Track Name: Are You Good You Are
you’ve got my heart
right where i wanted it to be
from the start i knew it’d be safe over the sea
now i see
the good you are for me
what do you see, my sweet?

when we began
i couldn’t feel my reprieve
but you’re a good man and your hands broke down my disbelief
now i believe
the good you are for me
do you believe?

midnight has fallen
and you are sound asleep
over the ocean
you’ll see me in your dreams
and when your day is dawning
and i am sound asleep
over the ocean
i’ll see you in my dreams

where we’ll keep
safe in the arms of unreal
til we finally face what we fear
coz i do fear
the good you are for me
but i see, i can see
the good you are for me
and i believe, yes i believe
the good you are for me

do you believe, my sweet?
Track Name: Adrian
i wanna smoke a cigarette
to remind me that i’m close to death
i’m willful and foolish
no matter my words

the words we write are eloquent
but there’s nothing like the way you said
you’re building a garden
for someone and it’s time to tend

oh adrian
i’ve sung this before
but never for you
oh adrian
i’m telling the truth
and what’s more
i’m telling you

well i don’t think it’s gonna hurt
all that much but if it does i will
raise up a glass
to honor, to exes
and even to gentlemen
coz nothing can
predict the wild cards that were dealt
years ago
are you listening adrian?

oh adrian…

so i’m gonna smoke this cigarette
to celebrate you quitting them
but i know if you were here
you’d be quick with a light
but you’re alight out in the snow
and shining through the neighborhood
it’s dark as gets
but you’re bright as the noon day sun

oh adrian
i’ve sung this before
and this time for you
oh adrian
i’m telling the truth
and what’s more
i’m telling you
Track Name: Loving You
it took some time but finally i
think i’m ready to love someone new
but before i do i wanna catalog the truth
of what it was like loving you

loving you was a tiptoe down the hallway
always hoping not to wake up the storm
loving you was giving you more chances
and battening the hatches till dawn
but i know i wanna love again

loving you was the ache in the morning
when the party had lasted too long
loving you was sour on my lips
from your kiss that was three parts whisky
but i know i wanna love again

loving you was a house on fire
and both of us were never gonna survive her
loving you was walking out that door
my hair smelling of smoke and your cologne
i know i wanna burn again
i know i wanna love again