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The Rake's Song

This song is by The Decemberists and appears on the album The Hazards Of Love (2009).

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The Rake:
I had entered into a marriage
In the summer of my twenty-first year
And the bells rang for our wedding
Only now do I remember it clear
Alright, alright, alright!
No more a rake and no more a bachelor
I was wedded and it whetted my thirst
Until her womb start spilling out babies
Only then did I reckon my curse
Alright, alright, alright!
Alright, alright, alright!

First came Isaiah with his crinkled little fingers
Then came Charlotte and that wretched girl Dawn
Ugly Myfanwy died on delivery
Mercifully taking her mother along
Alright, alright, alright!
What can one do when one is a widower,
Shamefully saddled with three little pests?
All that I wanted was the freedom of a new life
So my burden I began to divest
Alright, alright, alright!
Alright, alright, alright!

Charlotte I buried after feeding her foxglove
Dawn was easy, she was drowned in the bath
Isaiah fought but was easily bested
Burned his body for incurring my wrath
Alright, alright, alright!
And that's how I came, your humble narrator,
To be living so easy and free
I expect that you think that I should be haunted
But it never really bothers me
Alright, alright, alright!
Alright, alright, alright!

Written by:

Colin Meloy

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