Holiest Day

from Laurel Lake EP by Rachel Ries

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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


from Laurel Lake EP, released February 21, 2012




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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