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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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the cathedral bells and heckling men / so it begins again / this morning on the street i found all of these: a folded paper boat / scattered flowers, red-blood / a pigeon, fresh dead with her heart beside her head

so i begin to search again for a petal, a poem to bring to him
so i begin to see again nothing will draw him in

my demons deep, my pride a well / throw a stone, no end is felt / but still my mind seeks him who held / my heart in his own hand / still beating for him, i am / just a pigeon homing him / but he does not want me in

so i return to what i know – all flesh and bone and stars of home
so i begin to bloom again – blood red i am

i see a brightness and i see clear / as i have known darkness long before coming here / here where the bells chime and here where my heart lies / warm and ready for her long walk home

home, where my people are / home, where the kids play in the yard / home, where sarah’s not far / home, where my people are


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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