Rake

Townes Van Zandt

Rake - Townes Van Zandt -

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

The sun she would come and beat me back down 
But every cruel day had its nightfall 
I’d welcome the stars with wine and guitars 
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 noticed it passin’ 
Except for the turnin’ of night into day 
And the turnin’ of day into cursin’ 

Well, you look at me now, 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 to 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’ll be forgiven 
But my laughter turned ‘round eyes blazing and said 
My friend, we’re holdin’ a wedding 
I buried my face but it spoke once again 
The 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
And now the dark air is like fire on my skin 
And even the moonlight is blinding

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