Rake chords - Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt Lyrics


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Well, I used to wake
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and run with the moon
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I lived like a rake and a young man
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I covered my lovers
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with flowers and wounds
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my laughter the devil would frighten.

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The sun, she would come
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and beat me back down
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but every cruel day had its nightfall
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I'd welcome the stars
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with wine and guitars
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    full of fire and forgetful
My body was sharp the dark air clean and outrage my joyful companion whisperin' women how sweet did they seem kneelin' for me to command them And time was like water but I was the sea I wouldn't have noticed it passing except for the turnin' of night into day and turnin' of day into cursin' You look at me now and don't think I don't know what all your eyes are a sayin' Does he want us to believe these ravings and lies they're just tricks that his brain's been a playin'? A lover of women he can't hardly stand he trembles he's bent and he's broken I've fallen it's true but I say unto you hold your tongues until after I've spoken I was takin' my pride in the pleasures I'd known I laughed and said I'd be forgiven but my laughter turned 'round eyes blazin' and said my friend, we're holding a wedding I buried my face but it spoke once again night to the day we're a bindin' and now the dark air is like fire on my skin and even the moonlight is blinding