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Rake Chords

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Rake
By: Townes Van Zandt



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

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


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


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


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


F            G
A lover of women
F               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
F              Dm
but I say unto you
C                                  Dm
hold your tongues until after I've spoken


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


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

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