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Prairie Rehab is a new project that joins newcomer singer/songwriter Lacie Mangels with former members of The Linemen. The catchy songwriting combines elements of Americana, country, power pop, and even jazz with lyrical depth, and the sound brims with crystalline female vocals, pedal steel, fiddle, horns, piano, and B3 organ.

"…Prairie Rehab uses melodic, twang-burnished folk as a springboard for several strands of genteel pop music. Mangels' lilting warble is a bit reminiscent of both Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris in places, but there's an unassuming, affectless tone to her delivery that sidesteps artifice in favor of straight-ahead harmonic accuracy."

"…The gorgeous "Up and Away (Strawberry Roan)" is ostensibly a song about a horse, but Mangels turns it into a meditation on growth, love and loss in a few brief but loaded verses. You may have to pull the lyrics sheet out to figure out how she made you tear up in such a short space - and then you may have to listen to it five times in a row. "

Christian Schaeffer
The Riverfront Times

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released February 26, 2011

Prairie Rehab is:

Lacie Mangels - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
John Baldus – Drums, Percussion
Greg Lamb – Bass, Vocals
Scott Swartz – Guitars, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Keyboards, Fiddle, Vocals

All Songs © 2011 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP), except

Alan Clark © 2011 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
/ Greg Lamb (Fertile Mind Music BMI)

Philology, Pugilism, Rosamond Oliver, Seven Hills © 2011 Lacie Mangels / Scott Swartz (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)

Dublin Blues © 1995 Guy Clark (EMI April Music Inc)

Recorded and Mixed by Scott Swartz at Filament Glow Recording, St. Louis, MO

Art Direction by Brian Clever

Photography by Sara Finke

Special thanks to our amazing guest musicians

Kevin Buckley – Fiddle on Tracks 6, 10

Dave Grelle – B3, Rhodes, Piano on Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14

Ben Reece - Tenor Saxophone on Tracks 4, 11, 14

Adam Hucke – Trumpet on Tracks 4, 11, 14

Aaron Chandler – Trombone on Tracks 4, 11, 14

Peter Green – Trumpet on Track 4

Rory Finn – Accordian on Track 12

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Track Name: Philology
Philology

You can say good-bye in forty languages
You can tell a myriad of tales
When I open up my arms to take you in
You embark again and off you sail

You're long distance calls
Disconnected ends
Montezuman halls
And “Good-bye, my friend”

You could charm the stars out of their lofty heights
You could woo the moon down to the earth
I cannot stay livid in your amber eyes
Turning saturninity to mirth

You're a ship from Spain
And a gondolier
Sunlight on the Seine
And “Good-bye, my dear”

You've been promising for longer than I know
How you're going to make it up to me
You've been gone for something like millennia
Meanwhile, I've been stationary

You're a famed philologist
I'm an ordinary fool
Standing in the London mists
You swore you'd steal the
Windsor jewels

Stuck here in this rustic town
Longing for my bon vivant
When I'm feeling six feet down
I pretend it's me you want
I pretend it's me you want

You can say good-bye in forty languages
I can tell myself you'll soon return
I am all a-flutter at the thought of it
Like a lunatic, I cannot learn

I'm a busted wheel
On a Pullman car
And I feel mobile
But I won't get far

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Broken Heart
Broken Heart

Andrew Jackson took his hat
And walked over the fields
The beauty of his Tennessee
Burgeoning beneath his heels

And Rachel, she was made for him
And happy they would be
The bright magnolia blossoms
Falling softly from the trees

But the rumor mill
Builds on little fibs
All those serpent tongues
Would not let Rachel live

O, I want to love like
We will never part
And I want to die
Of a broken heart

Winter touches Hermitage
The funeral proceeds
The minister reads from the Word
As strangers feign to grieve

Poor Andrew shudders at the sight
Yet watches, drawn and drear
It isn't war or Washington
But loneliness he fears

And, though, life goes on
Every moment slows
All those mournful thoughts
Would not let Andrew go

O, I want to love like
We will never part
And I want to die
Of a broken heart

It may seem romantic
But it's so tragic in truth
When such sad realities
Pass over you

Andrew Jackson breathed his last
Raptured in gilded hues
A vision of his sweet love
Coming swiftly into view

O, I want to love like
We will never part
And I want to die
(If I have to die)
I want to die
Of a broken heart

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Ernest Tubb
Ernest Tubb

It's a gorgeous day, there's no doubt
It makes you warm within and without
And in its glow you so plainly see
I am not, I am not what I used to be

You kiss my cheek and then turn away
I watch you leave and wish you could stay
I say “goodbye”, but you cannot hear
Dry my eyes, dry my eyes as you disappear

And I'm a-walking the floor
I'm walking the floor
I'm walking the floor over you

Got Mister Tubb here to sing for me
In all his melancholic glory
With every warbling refrain
Wish I was, wish I was your Blue-Eyed Elaine

And though you come back home every night
Grin and pretend you're doing alright
You say the words and you play the part
You are gone, you are gone from this broke-down heart

And I'm a-walking the floor
I'm walking the floor
I'm walking the floor over you

I want to sink down
I want to drink just a
trifle too much
So I can think, so I can think
that I have loved you enough

I just waltz on across the room
Hum along to that shuffling tune
Fill my glass, as the stereo spins
I want to know, want to know you could want me again


And I'm a-walking the floor
I'm walking the floor
I'm walking the floor over you

And I'm a-walking the floor
I'm walking the floor
I'm walking the floor over you

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Pugilism
Pugilism

I'm a fugitive from heartache
The embodiment of bad breaks
Caught in monumental mistakes
But my recovery's begun

You're my starry eyed pretender
And my tireless defender
You're a simple kind of splendor
My rising and setting sun

Will you love me on the lonely climb
Still better when I'm past my prime?
Will you hold me when
I'm on the mend
Still closer when I'm
broken down again?

There's a bit of pugilism
In each human organism
Every petty little schism
Has me ready for a fight

But you feelingly defuse me
'Til those fiery spirits lose me
There's a exorcising beauty
In the shelter of your sight

Will you love me on the lonely climb
Still better when I'm past my prime?
Will you hold me when
I'm on the mend
Still closer when I'm
broken down again?

You're my elixir
And an alchemistic dream
Healing my ailments
Giving flesh a gilded gleam

Yet what am I but
A shadow on your face
Destroying joy and
Sullying your glories with disgrace?

When we've played our final love scene
And grey grows the silver screen
Will you look back on where we've been
And declare that it was good?

Will you love me on the lonely climb
Still better when I'm past my prime?
Will you hold me when
I'm on the mend
Still closer when I'm
broken down again?

© 2010 Lacie Mangels / Scott Swartz (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Up And Away
Up and Away (Strawberry Roan)

You've got your saddle shoes
Worn ebony and bone
Weathered old hand-me-downs
Up on your strawberry roan

And she's good enough
To carry you up and away

You've got his necklace on
It's setting your heart aglow
You're ready for anything
All ready for him to show

And he's good enough
To carry you up and away

Laughingly he will appear
Carelessly and cavalier
O, he's not coming home to stay

Quickly fades the lovers' tryst
With a callous little kiss
He rides off upon his dapple grey

You've got your jilted soul
Patently taciturn
He's got a lock of your hair
Ribboned with dark auburn

And that's good enough
To carry him up and away

So, get you to Wichita
Or maybe to Abilene
Watch all your silver turn
Into tarnished argentine

But you've got your saddle shoes
Worn ebony and bone
Weathered old hand-me-downs
Up on your strawberry roan

And that's good enough
To carry you up and away

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Alan Clark
Alan Clark

Low sun, well past five
At his regular dive
Alan stole in from his day

There at the bar, he leaned
Cast somewhere in between
The simply plain and too outre

When Alan Clark caught sight
Of a vision so pure and bright
It nearly knocked him off his bended knees

And she would have fanned the fire
Had she only seen a spark
If she could've seen you falling
She would have caught you
Alan Clark

She silently slipped in
Through the dust and the din
Ordering mostly in pantomime

Amidst the clamoring crowd
She was bashful and bowed
Hoping to blend in with the grime

He thought of reaching out
But he clung to his doubts
And had another shot of sloe gin

And she would have fanned the fire
Had she only seen a spark
If she could've seen you falling
She would have caught you
Alan Clark

She was what he'd always wanted
And yet could never find
A figment of the most fantastic
Places in his mind

Imagining the thrill of contact
Exchanging pleasantries
But what he longed to say was
“Darling, you were meant for me”

And Alan knew she'd gone
Leaving him to dwell on
Regrets he'd rather just ignore

And she would have fanned the fire
Had she only seen a spark
If she could've seen you falling
She would have caught you
Alan Clark

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP) / Greg Lamb (Fertile Mind Music BMI)
Track Name: Dearest
Dearest

O, come and walk with me a while
I'd give my heart to see you smile
We'll lose our heads, forget the miles
And you won't see it coming. . .no-o-o-o-o

In starlight hours, we'll agree
That all superlatives are free
You'll sidle up so close to me
And I won't see it coming. . .no-o-o-o-o

The world may talk of our affairs
And pummel us with earthly cares
But find our souls no worse-for-wear
And they won't see us coming. . .no-o-o-o-o

Lifetimes will flash before our eyes
Under kaleidoscopic skies
Long days will pass and years go by
And we won't see them coming. . .no-o-o-o-o

And, in the end, we'll still agree
That every gift of love is free
And if you must depart from me
O, I won't see it coming. . .no-
O, I won't see it coming. . .no-
O, I won't see it coming. . .no-o-o-o-o

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Furies (Jezebel)
Furies (Jezebel)

Bluer than Jeremiah
And wide awake
You trace the steps of each
Calamitous mistake

Treacherous Jezebel
She could not be true
Those eyes of emerald cast
A spell over you

You lived so simply with your
Suitable wife
Hid so completely in your
Plain little life

Your blushing bride, once
Beautiful in her bloom
Now seemed as frigid as
A desolate tomb

They'll give no quarter, though
You beg for the end
Come the dark hour when
The Furies descend

Lust came on strongly, like some
Juggernaut force
And swept you up into
Her lecherous course

She bade you jump and so you
Foolishly leapt
Senselessly following her
Down to the depths

Her countenance was coy
Her smile, tenebrous
She whispered, “All I do,
I'm doing for us”

Unable to resist
The lure of her charms
Her comely body laying
Warm in your arms

They'll give no quarter, though
You beg for the end
Come the dark hour when
The Furies descend

Your trusting wife cried out
The plan fell in place
But no foul scheme has ever
Proven fail safe

Your lover fled without a
Hint of remorse
Left you red-handed, standing
Next to the corpse

For her persimmon lips and
The shape of her thighs
For the sweetly deceptive
Sound of her sighs

Treacherous Jezebel
She led you astray
And held you captive as her
Credulous prey

They'll give no quarter, though
You beg for the end
Come the dark hour when
The Furies descend

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Blue Narwhal
Blue Narwhal

Like Viking lords or Inuits
When all the Northern Lights are lit
Through tundra's bitterest snowfall
We'll go sailing with the blue narwhal

Ivory scepters fit for kings
I've no need for such costly things
No gleaming thrones or grand mead halls
Just the vision of the blue narwhal

There's surely many a doubter
Who will question every part of her
The proofs are all Empirical
Reason cannot see the blue narwhal

You're such a mystery to man
Like the griffin and leviathan
Enchanted and fantastical
Like the elusive and blue narwhal
Like the elusive and blue narwhal

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Seven Hills
Seven Hills

Lucrezia, O, Lucrezia
How breathlessly I behold
The fairness of your features
Held in treasuries untold

Splendor beyond all standards
Beyond measure, beyond worth
Like Venus, you embody
All the pleasures of the Earth

The Seven Hills reflect you in
The greying grandeur of the gloam
More glorious and holier than Rome

I've heard the cruelest rumors
From the lips of your betray'rs:
Deception and debauchery
And family affairs

But I cannot believe such things
Of one so undefiled
They spurn your name, but you remain
As precious as a child

The Seven Hills reflect you in
The greying grandeur of the gloam
More glorious and holier than Rome

Yet we cannot expect to change
The wicked ways of man
Especially within the
Shadow of the Vatican

The foundations are foundering
The walls are crumbling down
Still Alexander clutches
His charlatan's tarnished crown

Now, bloodied on these sacred steps
Saint Peter, hear my plea
Preserve the one I love
Always and evermore for me

The Seven Hills reflect you in
The greying grandeur of the gloam
More glorious and holier than Rome

© 2010 Lacie Mangels / Scott Swartz (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger

Four hand-me-down two dollar bills
Fire-ant mounds and childish thrills
A life begun on guileless fun
Just stubborn kids with harmless guns

We watched as lawmen crossed the range
To dens of vice in cities, strange
With justice won, they’d chase the sun
All polished nerves and honest guns

Bent on the kicks that'd kill you most
You fill your head with friendless ghosts
And try to run from all you’ve done
With crooked aim and loaded guns

There's nothing I can do
There's nothing I can say
To make this dreadful feeling
Go away

Your baby girl has gone away
Said maybe she’d be back someday
But truths don’t come from serpent tongues
She’s packing lies and stolen guns

There's nothing I can do
There's nothing I can say
To make this dreadful feeling
Go away, From you

It strikes me how things disappear:
White hats and souls not closed by fear
A father’s love the faithful son
Like bloodless wars and harmless,
Harmless guns

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Wandering Eye
Wandering Eye

Maybe you're mine and maybe I'm yours
But the world is riddled with saboteurs
I'll do every little thing that I can
But remember, honey, I'm just one man

Like a moth to a flame
I am mesmerized
I cannot be blamed
For my wandering eye

Tell about the birds and tell about the bees
Baby, they don't practice monogamy
Well, I gave my word and I took the vow
Guess I meant it then; I don't mean it now

Like a moth to a flame
I am mesmerized
I've been tied and tamed
But not euthanized

You can drag me to church, you can take me to court
You can keep the condo at the beach resort
But this is something that I can't control
I've got jittering hands and a hole in my soul
I've got jittering hands and a hole in my soul

Maybe I'm yours and maybe you're mine
Put your good dress on and sing “Auld Lang Syne”
But when midnight falls on a brand new year
You'll be fast asleep; I'll be far from here

Like a moth to a flame
I am mesmerized
Nothing stays the same
Honey, why should I?

I've been tied and tamed
But not euthanized
I cannot be blamed
For my wandering eye

© 2010 Lacie Mangels (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)
Track Name: Rosamond Oliver
Rosamond Oliver

Rosamond Oliver
Does not tread upon the ground
Rosamond Oliver
Levitates without a sound
As she floats on through your door
None could ask for any more
Than Rosamond Oliver

Blossoming cheek of red
Blessed Mary's vestal blue
Easily turn your head
And your best affections, too
And I'm always standing near
Shedding adolescent tears
O'er Rosamond Oliver

O, she is sure a work of fiction
O, such a clueless ingénue
Breathing feminine perfection
How will I ever live up to
Rosamond Oliver

Tell me what do you see
When you look into my eyes
Isn't there anything
That you will not criticize
What do you expect of me
I am never going to be
Like Rosamond Oliver

O, she is sure a work of fiction
O, such a clueless ingénue
Breathing feminine perfection
How will I ever live up to
Rosamond Oliver

Now I must take my leave
For I long have known the truth
So, don't play make-believe:
I am just a substitute
Go on wasting all your breath
I am about sick to death
Of Rosamond Oliver

© 2010 Lacie Mangels / Scott Swartz (Filament Glow Music ASCAP)