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    I've made each of these 7 x 7 prints with MY OWN TWO OBSESSIVE HANDS. Only 40 of each color exists. I drew the image (drawn from "Homing," one of the songs on the EP), transferred and carved it out of linoleum block, then painstakingly printed each of these two color prints on quality French paper. Didn't leave my house for a month. Stamped on the back of each print is your unique download code. Also included in THE DELUXE: CD, download, lyrics, liner notes about mysterious French things (with additional drawings and a photograph of the Rouen Cathedral) and, yes, a folded paper boat. PAY WHAT YOU FEEL THIS CREATIVE LABOR IS WORTH. My brother says $50. I say... less.

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your anger is an anchor and it keeps you in the bay / safe from squalls and safe from change / tethered by time and at the mercy of the tide / lifting you up just to take you down

you long to set sail in the blinding sun / shielding your eyes in sight of everyone / yet you turn away and scuttle down below / deep in the belly of your hollow little home / holding your breath in the hold of what you know / cradled on the waves, swaddled and alone / while they’ve gone their way, and you’ve gone yours

when you look out to sea and you see everyone / making waves and waving at each other /
do you hold them to blame for believing their dreams / are worth more than a fear of going under?

when you close your eyes do you see what is real, what is real? / turn away from the veil and see you are good, you are good / you are good

so lift your anger and your anchor and set out to sea / join your family in the tumult and the peace / may the wind be at your back / or you know just when to tack / may the oars be close at hand / if the billows should go slack / and may the compass of your heart / know true north is where you’re at / it’s where you’re at

yeah they’ve gone their way and you’ve gone yours / yes they’ve gone their way and you’ve gone yours / they’ve got their way and you’ve got oars


from Cardinal – The Rouen EP, released March 4, 2016
Songs & Sounds by Rachel
Recorded by Jeremy Messersmith
Mixed by Andy Thompson
Mastered by Greg Reierson




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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