"Rake" as written by and 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 to 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
Whispering women, how sweet did they seem
Kneeling for me to command them

Time was like water but I was the sea
I never have noticed it passing
Except for the turning of night into day
And the turning of day into cursing

You look at me now, don’t think I don’t know
What all of your eyes are asayin’
Cause you want us to believe these ravings and lies
They’re just tricks his brain’s been aplayin’

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 onto you
Hold your tongues until after I’ve spoken

I was taking my pride in the pleasures I’d known
I laughed and thought I’d be forgiven
But my laughter turned round, eyes blazing and said,
“My friend, we’re holding a wedding”

I buried my face but it spoke once again
The night to the day we’re reminding
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


Lyrics submitted by ichimichimo

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