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lyrics

I don’t wanna say sorry
for all the things I haven’t done
I just want to 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 word 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

my handshake don’t mean enough
and my word is breakable
and my back feels bent
lower than the willow by the woods
than the willow

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from Ghost of a Gardener, released February 18, 2014
Rachel Ries: vocals, electric guitar
Ari Bolles: upright bass, vocals
Evan Bivins: drums
Emmett Kelly: lead guitar
Alisa Rose: violin
Dina Maccabee: viola
Jess Ivry: cello

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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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