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Rake Chords

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By: Townes Van Zandt

Well, 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.

    F              G
The sun, she would come
    C            Dm  
and beat me back down
    C                       Dm     
but every cruel day had its nightfall
    F           G
I'd welcome the stars
     C            Dm   
with wine and guitars
 C                      Dm      
    full of fire and forgetful

F           G
My body was sharp
C            Dm
the dark air clean
    C                 Dm
and outrage my joyful companion
    F        G
whisperin' women
    C              Dm
how sweet did they seem
C                     Dm
kneelin' for me to command them

F                 G
And time was like water
    C         Dm
but I was the sea
  C                        Dm
I wouldn't have noticed it passing
       F          G
except for the turnin'
   C          Dm
of night into day
    C                   Dm
and turnin' of day into cursin'

F              G
You look at me now
    C                   Dm
and don't think I don't know
     C                      Dm
what all of your eyes are a sayin'
        F             G
Does he want us to believe
C                 Dm
these ravings and lies
C                                           Dm
they're just tricks that his brain's been a playin'?

F            G
A lover of women
C               Dm
he can't hardly stand
   C                           Dm
he trembles he's bent and he's broken
     F           G
I've fallen it's true
C              Dm
but I say unto you
C                                  Dm
hold your tongues until after I've spoken

F               G
I was takin' by pride
C                    Dm
in the pleasures I'd known
  C                          Dm
I laughed and said I'd be forgiven
       F                Dm
but my laughter turned 'round
C                Dm
eyes blazin' and said
C                          Dm
my friend, we're holding a wedding

F           G
I buried my face
C                 Dm
but it spoke once again
      C                  Dm
night to the day we're a bindin'
    F            Dm
and now the dark air 
C                  Dm
is like fire on my skin
C                         Dm
and even the moonlight is blinding

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