For You Only

by Rachel Ries

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1.
lonely spires when you go away / and say you’ll return some other day / but until then i must stay and sing / and learn the taste of remembering when you go away and say you’ll return some other way / but until then i must stay and sing / and meet you at the shores / we used to fill with silver stones and bones and tones of no remorse / and build our castles with their lonely spires high i could learn to melt into the sand / i could learn to grow into the ocean / i could learn to fade into the air / and then hover and stare / at children playing where our kingdom used to be
2.
You Only 02:46
you only come to me, come tonight come to me with both hands you can be quiet but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on summer’s here, kick off your shoes and slip across my backyard you can be quiet but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on for you only lord have mercy on my soul lord have mercy on your peace of mind but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on help yourself to honeydew bread & tea if it pleases you can be quiet but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on for you only coz nobody fills me like you do no one thrills me quite like you can be quiet but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on so come to me, come tonight come to me with both hands you can be quiet but don’t be shy i’ll leave the kitchen light on you can find me dreaming in my bed then turn the kitchen light off for you only.
3.
our summertime weary man of my heart - let me know when it’s time to start loving again we are colder than this autumn night deserves holly places her bets on who will leave before the first snow flies but place them high coz i know i will stay through the summer time weary man of my heart - it is now time fall into the drifted snow behind the house and let the cold win out then back into the house to lie beside the hickory fire to drift and doze, one day closer to the summertime winter came, winter went the devil came, the devil up and left us here you & me, dear dearest man of my heart - spring is nigh and it’s time to find a plot of land to tend and temper with our homely plans where there’re weeds weeds there will soon be okra and tomatoes and rutabaga and our namesake will endure through this, our summertime
4.
Luckiest One 03:33
luckiest one I’m the luckiest one I’m the luckiest one to be sitting here at the seaside thinking of you Oh they all come and go like the tide & the cold but my baby still has a hold on my soul the winter winds blow and the ocean shore is freezing my feet when I get too close to the water’s edge but I’m the luckiest one yeah I’m the luckiest one to be sitting here at the seaside thinking of you I’m the luckiest one… you put the record on and you hold out your arms and with nina on the stereo you spin me ‘round the room the winter winds blow and the heater’s down again but do I care? Oh no, when I’m with my dearest one coz I’m the luckiest one… the world may fall away but with you I will stay I’m the luckiest one I’m the luckiest one to be sitting here after hours thinking with you
5.
Valentine, NE i found my home last night on my way through valentine nebraska said - hey, how you been? you’ve been gone for so long how you been, my sweet valentine? well, i’ve been in a concrete palace singing for rocks and dimes wondering just how long i’d last living in a city on fire but how you been, my sweet valentine? there’s a man down chicago-way thinking i’ll be home by supper time but he’s no prairie - aint got no sky- so goodbye, my old valentine goodbye, my old valentine
6.
Cleveland 02:12
Cleveland i’ve been to cleveland and i don’t want to return your mama threw me out there i was on the frontline, front lawn, looking confused when your mama threw me out don’t look surprised don’t you give me that sigh that woman’s crazier than me so i’ll shuffle through georgia and then on through tennessee you can come and find me i don’t know what i have done to deserve such misery i best make right with the Lord there i was on the frontline, front lawn, looking confused when your mama threw me out so i’ll shuffle through georgia and then on through tennessee you can come and find me you can come and find me
7.
October 03:16
october when october comes i’ll be home i’ll knock three times on your back door and maybe, maybe you’ll answer you’ll look surprised i’ll shrug and smile hold out my hand for you to shake and take me take me in and love me like you never did before hold me like you never could before pull me down and show me so i know and let’s go so slow that i don’t notice the morning i sing for you only on this lonely highway the devil come, the devil care but i only want you near i want you, dear when i’m on the prairie i see my hope, i see my fear and you, you are always there holding out for just the right amount of luck & grace - dear, i am always here dear, i am always here i sing for you only on this lonely highway the devil come, the devil care, but i only want you dear. i want you
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Unkind 03:11
unkind i know the best years of my life are ahead / you don’t have to tell me again and again / the paint’s peeling off of my sweet, smiling face / and someday soon all sweetness will be erased i met you in Texas, i left you in Rome / i held your hand through an Irish storm / i know i’ve been unkind to you / but i can’t say this chapter is through my youth, it keeps me cold i’ve married another and bore him a son / and now i run through the world trying to be made undone / i just want for someone to swallow me whole / and then i’ll rise up and ride on a chariot i’m crazy, don’t you know? / i fed the horses cardboard & coal / now i’m saving up my soul / to barter later so i can get back home i loved you in Texas, i hated you in Rome / i tried so hard to care in an Irish storm / i know i’ll never be kind to you / so i best be going - you take care of you
9.
Sad Saturday 02:29
Sad Saturday it was a sad, sad saturday and everyone could tell by her wet eyes and sad mouth - the pretty lady on the bus spring is nearly here and i don’t wanna be alone spring is nearly here and i want when it’s warm again i wish to hold you in my arms when it’s warm again i wish to hold on this sad, sad saturday i just saw too much blood coursing down the cross, meant for me - a bloody, bloody mystery when it’s warm again i wish to hold you in my arms when it’s warm again i wish to hold can i ever be forgiven enough to make a dent? can i ever be forgiven enough so that i stay? on this sad, sad saturday when everyone can tell by her wet eyes and sad mouth - the pretty lady on the bus
10.
summer came, a warning In this breath of morning i’ll be satisfied as long as i can still see straight in this breath of morning i’ll be saddest without warning why do i cry? mama, something happened last night thought i put up a pretty good fight but where am i now? mama, where did i go, papa, where did i stay, sister, what’s my name? now i stand at my window, half-bathed in light, and i’d like to fall i stand at the window, half-bathed in light, and i’d like to fall into the street, into the sea, into the sky last night when i finally slept i met a man - he waited for me on the other side he had kindly eyes and every word he said to me came from them, shining but now i stand at my window, half-bathed in light, and i’d like to fall i stand at the window, half-bathed in light, and i’d like to fall into the street, into the sea, into the sky summer came, a warning, so i held my breath for morning - yes, this very one
11.
we’ll all be the same you are letting me go / you are holding my heart i try my best with smoke & mirrors / i try my best with crocodile tears / it’s hard to forget / where we started from / over the back roads - on into the sun remember when we used to waltz in the grass? / crickets chirping, wet feet - we dance / now i’m in the parlor laughing too loud / while you’re in the backyard, drawing a crowd take your son to the ravine / showing him moss and frogs in the stream / i’ll slip back out the way i came / no one’s the wiser, we’ll all be the same
12.
3 am 03:29
3am you cross over, you talk to me you tell me things i’ve wanted to hear since last year, maybe the one before you ask me to understand you ask me to hold your hand and come back - baby, please come back - sweet, this chaos, fine fine to finally understand what it was really all about now i’m shaking, i’m seeing double i’m halfway to heaven - looking trouble in the eye what have we done? what do we do with all this clamor & all this truth? you cross over, you talk to me what have we gotten into? what did we leave behind? what does it even matter this time? i saw you at 22 you were all undone and run through your life like a knife, straight through your dreamer’s heart now i see you in front of me - cigarettes & coffee it’s 3am like it always, always was but what have we gotten into? what did we leave behind? what does it even matter this time?
13.
And For This 03:14
and for this you’ve been so good to me & the others you’ve been so good to me & then your kindness rolls over & through this failing blue and for this we will always remember i’m sorry you heard about the ending i’m sorry you saw it’s just a false door it’s really the end and then we never begin again it’s a sorry ending he says his religion is other people but i get so lonely and let down i wish i could keep you in my coat pocket and hold you and roll you around in my hands through winter look at me standing at the curb wishing i could bring you back home look at me standing at the curb shifting from one foot to the other hoping to let you back in in time for Easter coz you’ve been so good to me and the others you’ve been so good to me and then your kindness rolls over and through this tremendous blue and for this we will always remember your kindness rolls over and through this brilliant blue and for this we will always be grateful

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From the first cascading melody line of “Lonely Spires,” Rachel Ries ensnares the listener in a gorgeous web of silvery vocals, homey fingerpicking and strumming, and literary lyrics wrapped in mercurial, yet soothing tunes. While her vintage sound is reminiscent of music from the 1920s and ’30s, her approach to writing is altogether contemporary, imbuing folksy imagery with a compelling sense of mystery....The album was recorded on vintage analog equipment, presumably to further capture a bygone sound. Some artists might need the boost in creating atmosphere, but Ries is well up to the task of invoking mood, memory, and nostalgia all on her own.
– Judith Edelman in Acoustic Guitar, January 2006, No.157

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I used to wonder what would happen if Sarah Harmer ran away from home wearing a red riding hood, en route to join the east-coast whaling trade when oh golly she fell head over heels in love, and with a South Dakotan boy at that. So she moves to the cornfields and though she sings to the sky and the cows she's also thinking of skyscrapers and smoke, and how they're not at all there... Anyway, I used to wonder, but then I got the beautiful package that is the Rachel Ries CD and now I don't wonder no more. Instead I sit on my bed feeling like a girl and listening to Rachel's voice.
www.SaidtheGramophone.com - Nov. 15, 2005

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released August 23, 2005

Rachel - guitars, banjo, vocals
Andru Bemis - banjo, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Drew Lindsay - piano, pump organ, accordion
Mike Reeb - drums

Produced by Rachel
Recorded by Andru
Additional Recording and Mixing by Kris Poulin
Mastered by Blaise Barton at Scientific Mastering

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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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