A Friend Too Long

by Lac La Belle

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Lac La Belle's third release, "A Friend Too Long" elaborates upon their cohesive duo of resonator guitar, banjo, accordion and ukulele, with the addition of upright bass, pump organ, piano, percussion and strings. Written in a secluded cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula, and recorded in their Detroit home during the snowiest winter on record, "A Friend Too Long" provides beautiful soundscapes and a journey of characters that sound at once both new, and reminiscent of days long past.

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released October 9, 2014

Nick Schillace: vocals, resonator, acoustic, 12 string and Nashville strung guitars, banjo, bells, percussion

Jennie Knaggs: vocals, accordion, acoustic guitar, pump organ, ukulele

Serge van der Voo: upright bass

Abby Alwin; cello, violin

Rob Avsharian: drums, percussion

Clem Fortuna: 1860 Heywood Piano

Childrens Chorus Claire Abbasse, Ashley Clendennin, Lily Nicks, Lilly Snyder

All songs by Lac La Belle, 2014

String arrangements by Abby Alwin and Lac La Belle

Recorded by Eric Carbonara at Double Lot, Detroit, Michigan, during the great winter of 2014.
Produced by Lac La Belle and Eric Carbonara.
Mixed by Eric Carbonara at Nada Sound Studio, Philadelphia, PA. Mastered by John Baldwin
Watercolor art by Isabel Schillace

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Lac La Belle Detroit, Michigan

Nick Schillace and Jennie Knaggs form Lac La Belle, a Detroit duo who perform original music blending generations of North American folk styles with modern aesthetic.

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Track Name: Rusted Bolt
Rusted Bolt
Schillace/Lac La Belle

Days coming down and don’t you feel
Like a rusted bolt on a broken wheel
Memories up from the past
It’s a suffering I can’t outlast

Fox doesn’t hunt behind a gun
Teeth and Claws will get it done
Polished rifle always nigh
A sack of silver a man to die

A lifetimes gone from riding on and on
Bury me inside someone’s beating heart

Mid-day sun doesn’t work it out
Burning bright but love without
Where were you when I set to Hooves?
Seared to sin on a barroom stool

A lifetimes gone from riding on and on
Bury me inside someone’s beating heart

The night’s a cloak, it doesn’t heal
Tried to buy but had to steal
Cashing out won’t get it back
It’s a bitter deal off of that stack

A lifetimes gone from riding on and on
Bury me inside someone’s beating heart
Track Name: The Border
The Border
Knaggs/Lac La Belle

Wait for stars to cross the border
not a sound can tip the breeze
Get our fill last drops of water
to cross the sands of the desert deep

I think I've walked a hundred miles
with a man I scarcely know
There’s no reason when it comes to your child
and there’s no measure for how far you'll go

Come right in
The dreams that I have cherished
Come right in
The stories we've been told
Come right in
Each step a new world rises
Come right in
I need a chance to know

A piece of paper held with a pin
Script “Unknown” in the tattered wind
This worn wooden cross marks the line
between a life that’s theirs
and a life that’s mine.

I've got to know
Oh, The lengths that I will go
Cross the valley from below
I've got to see
what that land can do for me
and my baby

Come right in
The dreams that I have cherished
Come right in
The stories we've been told
Come right in
Each step a new world rises
Come right in
The light is getting brighter!
Track Name: Passing Arizona
Passing Arizona
Schillace/Lac La Belle

The waterline is fast but still
Eroding earth with time
The passengers that have no name
Slowly drifting by

The evening light has drifted out
Behind the earth to hide
The firelight awakens the days
The mind has tried to rest

Why would you go
To a place so remote?

Why would you go
To a place so remote?
No further from your fears
You’ve only kept them near
Track Name: Spoils Like Venom
Spoils like Venom
Schillace/Lac La Belle

Skipped that last train going out
Ain’t no way to carry me home
I drove a thousand spikes through steel
Rail stretching miles of land

I started on the east coast of the country
I ended at the shores of the Pacific

The first one we took she was headed
Baltimore, Chicago bound
The taste of spoils like venom
and we burned that iron to the ground

When we rode off I could still hear crying
But the night just swallowed me whole

A killer’s disease won’t temper
What an ocean of pearls can’t sway
Working that line like butchers
Cutting our hate with greed

I remember the roil of my brothers
Shooting at stars that shattered like crystals

Three down and two in the desert
Last one bleeding out in the sand
Reckless and wild I continue
No force left for a locomotive now

I buried friends in the shadows under mountains
Cold valleys, shrouded in cloud

Murder only buys you terror
Money doesn’t spend on fear
I started on the east coast of the country
I ended at the shores of the Pacific
Track Name: Shadows of a Dream
Shadows of a Dream
Knaggs/Lac La Belle

I long to see the sun go down
With my love sided with me
I long to leave this hallowed town
and go across the sea

What leads a man to a cursed fate?
How could he choose that rugged road?
As dreams that haunt follow close behind
I too, bare a heavy load

He shot three men in German Town
for pennies on a dime
He's a devil for a fool to love
still I hang on every line

As the darkness folds around me
it quells the pain and bitter chill
Yet the dawn comes back blinding
for a life forever still

Some toss their wishes coin for coin
each refined with golden sheen
I willed my heart to fates employ
to chase shadows of a dream
Track Name: Carry Me Under
Carry Me Under
Schillace/Lac La Belle

Take all my memories, and most of my dreams
A few of my lies and those things in between
I’m going to bed early and, Lord, sleeping in
If I ever get rested I’ll try it again

A penny ain’t worth a cent of good luck
or the time that it takes to pick that thing up
A quarter’s no better
you know after all
It won’t even buy you a game of pinball

Carry me
Carry me
Carry me under the ground

I’ll write you a check for the things that I’ve done
The one offs, the regulars, and all them often
But don’t come asking to start over again
‘Cause after I’m busted I’m open to sin

Carry me
Carry me
Carry me under the ground

Bent up metal and a seat threadbare
Overgrown meadows and a heart unaware
If you can’t take the hunger stay away from the bone
Turn back around and leave me alone

Carry me
Carry me
Carry me under the ground
Track Name: Breezy Sunday
Breezy Sunday
Knaggs/Lac La Belle

Sunday
Breezy Sunday
Warm sun on your skin
Lazy
Dreams hazy
Breathe deep, Love
Take it in

Hard times
We all hit hard times
Calloused hearts, false starts, hard hands
Lovely
Life can be so lovely
before the tide reaches the sand

The curl of a leaf tells of storms that brew
like a song our voices must twist to croon
We pray, though there is no good deed we could do
to stop the wind
for a balance skewed

A coin flips
A switch trips
Day rolls into evening
So enjoy, Love
Do take full advantage of
the good life you're receiving
Track Name: Clarion
Clarion
Knaggs/Lac La Belle

Dry sand beneath my feet
The desert walks with me
No divine plan for me
just endless yearning

The night was cold and dim
and I was wrought within
No divine plan for me
just endless yearning

I thought I saw a light
flash on the mountain side
A tiny glimpse of star
that slowly faded

I felt it was my right
to wish upon its might
Or how could I ever be
what’s truly meant of me?

I will wait along the dark aisle
I will wait with barren fields
A clarion, the starlight,
that kissed away my fears

I thought I saw a light
flash on the mountain side
A tiny glimpse of star
that slowly faded

I felt it was my right
to wish upon its might
Where so few seedlings grow
it must be mine to know
I waited for the sun
that shown on everyone

I will wait along the dark aisle
I will wait with barren fields
A clarion, the starlight,
that kissed away my fears
Track Name: St. Michael (Day Star)
St. Michael (Day Star)
Schillace/Lac La Belle

What time does make, of hard fired days
Troubles the young man creates
The longest tooth is the sharpest too
His gold just stone
Stone is all he leaves
Better to be gone
Not failed so much as incomplete

When past has cut the future becomes
Dust burdens the blade
The hardest truth is the darkest too
For time is fate
Fate is all he needs
Welcomed when it comes
No show of hands just indiscreet

Oh, he was a friend too long
The devil‘s only right when he’s wrong
Released from the place he belongs
His hand so swift and strong

Mask the day
Fall to the night
A whisper his only call
But the fairest touch is the fiercest too

Path unknown
Without need
Cast out and left to roam
You know him well
He knows you too

For he was a friend too long
The devil’s only right when he’s wrong
Released from the place he belongs
His hand so swift and strong
Oh, he was a friend too long