Prairie du Chien

by Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn

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Richard Harrison (@mr_spoon) Because it's different, I can't pigeonhole it, I don't want to. Try it...woof. Favorite track: The Battle of Prairie du Chien.
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Enzo Paolo Baranelli Just delivered (10th of december). I really thanks Paul for his generosity and his kindness. And the music is amazing: you can easily hear it yourselves! Life would be worse without this astonishing album with its beautiful words and awesome music.
It is still playing in my studio right now, when I'm writing down these few words, my friends. Favorite track: The Battle of Prairie du Chien.
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1.
You may have pressed our Governor Clark with the brass you spin And though we may wonder, with supplies, what could have been You had to burn The Fort we deserved You had to flee the town We felt the thirst In what we had first The treaty of Ghent sent you out No men were killed in the days that we fired our rifles hot Shelby was strong, but her thunder and lightning soon ran out And knowing our fate The scars they would blaze If we stayed the day With hesitant hand I laid up our stand To run away To fight again another day You had to burn The Fort we deserved You had to flee the town We felt the thirst In what we had first The treaty of Ghent sent you out You had to burn The Fort we deserved You had to flee the town We felt the thirst In what we had first The treaty of Ghent sent you out
2.
Glory to this long and winding river And to the fortunes it may deliver With the current at our feet Let us glide among these autumn leaves Marquette, with our blades so keen Think of all we’ve killed and all we’ve seen Yes, for the glory of His name Lest we ever, ever feel ashamed With every turn, the world a golden hue And every bend, a mystery born anew If I were wise, I’d steal another day Break the bark and feel the river sway But we are bought and ever carried By the coin and by the men of change On the shore I can hear the water call And even now I can taste it as I breath
3.
This rock is cold And my lungs breathe The dampness of The sweat it needs The falling trees Are muffled by The weight of these Bricks and lyme Burnt for strength As a sign To those Who dare cross the line This rock is cold And my lungs breathe The dampness of The blood it needs
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03:13
Confined to the North of New England Where my cruelty and influence among the natives was needed I found myself, sitting alone in my tent Cursed by all the places I’d seen young men sent to their deaths And I laid down my rifle And I poured out my powder For those Mississippi eyes That hair black as earth And a sweetness that commands my demons Shed their hurt These nations know nothing but war And the blood that they’ve spilt o’re Old threats, regrets, for a land For power, understand that I know we brought on this greed Breath in the coin so others may join in our lust, our deaths, or needs But in this moment.. I lay down my rifle And I pour out my powder For those Mississippi eyes That hair black as earth And a sweetness that commands my demons Shed their hurt Yes, it’s true This is a broken Land that we assumed Was better off In the hands of those, the most fortunate; the few Who were born to take Until taking is all there’s left to do I lay down my rifle And I pour out my powder For those Mississippi eyes That hair black as earth And a sweetness that commands my demons For those Mississippi eyes That hair black as earth And a sweetness that commands my demons Shed their hurt
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03:20

credits

released October 5, 2013

All songs written and recorded by Paul Otteson

All songs mixed and mastered by Nathan Edwards

Layout, design, and illustration by Paul Otteson

Paul Otteson - Vocals, Guitar, Miscellaneous Instruments
Jeremiah Nelson - Electric Guitar
Tom McCarty - Upright Bass
Luke Bassuener - Drums
Audre Krull - Vocals, Autoharp
Rebecca Riley - Cello on 3
Doug Hoeft - Trombone on 1

Recorded at SHS Studio

Special thanks to Ryan Casey, and Darci Strutt

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A Midwestern Folk style, blending lyrical prowess with seasoned arrangements; wrapped in a cloak of beautiful harmony.

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