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this business is crazy / you never know who to trust / you open your tiny coffer / you get a pocketful of dust / the suits come and go / in their shiny new threads / well my threads are shiny too / from wearing to death

but i’d rather a song on my tongue / than a retirement fund / but i sure hope for both when i’m old / to draw water from

i’ve made so many mistakes / i don’t know where to begin / cataloguing the missteps / that bring me back to begin again / seems when i open my heart / it gets bashed in / but when i put up the wall / no light fills the dim

but i’d rather set the place blazing / and get burned again / than sit in the dark and the din / alone and wondering: do i believe?

this living is crazy / you never know who to trust / but you do it because you can / and you can – so you must! / and one day we’ll find it’s all turned to dust / all the money and the lust for the suits and the luxe / and aren’t we good enough? / i say we’re good enough!


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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