Laurel Lake EP

by Rachel Ries

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    This is a rare little labor of love, sewn by me (Rachel) in the kitchen. Fabric sleeves sewn from a hodgepodge of fabric, a printed insert with lyrics (and a little heart I colored in) and, of course, a CD. Each one is numbered and unlike all the others. I wanted to turn my Laurel Lake retreat into something you could hold! The initial 317 sold out but I've put together another hundred. Have at it!

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about

In January of 2012 I gathered up all my instruments (minus the pedal steel) and drove down to a drafty little house in eastern Tennessee. I spent a month up in the mountains, perched on the banks of a narrow peninsula, spilling songs out into Laurel Lake.

I recorded these that month - some are brand new, one is a long-held favorite and a couple are quiet resurrections.

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released February 21, 2012

I played and recorded everything myself.
Dawn Landes helped me finish mixing the EP and Kris Poulin put on the mastering touches.
I did all the sewing, assembling, burning and coloring in of hearts.

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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: I've Forgiven Time
I've Forgiven Time

time, i've been a gambler with time
there was salt in my hand
so i threw it over my left shoulder

it landed, it landed on good soil
a few plants they died
but the heartier ones they survived

time, i've forgiven you, time
no i won't speak ill
when you're dead in the ground and i'm alive

see i, what i've got to show
is a home and a husband
and a cat who we can't hold

still all i want is my mother
all i want is my mother

oh these holy waters
oh this hallow time
oh this fallen empire
is only in my mind

so i, i won't give you anymore time
coz the next the thing i know
i'll be dead to the fact that i'm alive

now you, you can look me in the eye
and you see that i've won
this time, this time, this time

now all i ask is for my mother
to know that she is good
you know i'd give it to her if i was able
but i inherited the same hollow

now all i want is my mother
to know that she is good
all i want is my mother
Track Name: Holiest Day
Holiest Day

i drove away, far from the lake
i found the farmer's daughter
we could have been sisters if i were humble
clothes muddy, red-cheeked and reticent

i looked around and wished that i could stay
and cover my head
keep the fire going
tuck the kids into bed
i know all the hymns
i'd say my prayers and close my eyes
to wake at dawn and do it all over again

so half in jest, i asked if i could stay, help milk the cows
annie looked away and said just come back in an hour

asking for more
we ask
we ask for more
for more
we ask
we ask for more

i drove away, back to the lake
back to all my pretty, precious things - i put the milk away
i started to cry, put the music on to fill the quiet
oh cluttered life - we try, we try, we try

asking for more
we ask
we ask for more
always for more
we ask
we ask for more

holiest day break our nightmares in two
holiest day shape our nightmares into threes
holiest day break take our nightmares before we wake

we ask
we ask
Track Name: Letting You In
Letting You In

i know i am to blame
i left my bike in the rain and snow
for a season i watched it rust and fade
i know i am to blame, i know
i know i am to blame

i know i am to blame
for the violin that's been gathering dust
if you insist i must i'd play you a song
but i'm just the one to blame
i can't play
i'm just the one to blame

i know i am to blame
for leaving her there in her birthday blues
with wine spilled on her favorite shoes
and the house in disarray
i should've stayed
i know i am to blame

i know i am to blame
i said i would give you a place to stay
i swore i'd be around when the sun went down
i know i am to blame
for not letting you in
and not letting you in
and not letting you in
and not letting you in
Track Name: Willow
Willow

i don't wanna say sorry
for all the things i haven't done
i just wanna go back
to the way things were always done
with a hand held out to shake
and a word unbreakable
and a gaze straight as the miles
that cut the dirt

grandma, i wanna go back
to the way things were always done
when you'd come down to find
your man working the ground
with his hand held to the plow
and his back unbreakable
and his word as good as the gold
they found in those hills

but i'm not gonna go
i'm not gonna go
back to the world i never knew

so tell me all your stories
about the way things were always done
back before you knew me
and the world it maybe seemed young
before your hands shook so much
and your voice so breakable
and your back bent
lower than the willow by the woods

because my handshake don't mean enough
and my word is breakable
and my back feels bent
lower than than the willow by the woods
than the willow
Track Name: You Can Go Now
You Can Go Now

did they say where's your bible?
where's the body and the blood?
did you really think you could go out in the world
with no light from above?

did they say where's your mother?
what is she to you?
did you really think you could go out in the world
with no guidance from her?

i'm sorry
i'm sorry for you
i'm sorry it had to come to this so soon

did they say where's your family?
the ones you're too scared to know
did you really think you could go out in the world
just pretending you're alone?

did they say where's you spirit?
she must be screaming bloody murder
or did you really think you could go out in the world
without listening to her?

i'm sorry
i'm so sorry for you
i'm sorry it had to come to this so soon

you can go now
you can leave this all behind
you can go now
you can leave this all behind

who're you waiting for?
who're you waiting for?
Track Name: Standing Still
Standing Still

i'll wait for you in iowa
in the house upon the hill
yesterday tornadoes came
but here we're standing still

i know these past few days have been
the hardest that we've had
last night we nearly lost it all
but here we're standing still

i would give it all
i'd give it all to you
if only i knew
what it is i've got for you
what i've got to give you
what it is i've got for you

on the day that we pass on
into nobody knows
may we leave a memory
of us after the storm
here standing still
here we're standing still