The Sailor Returning

from by Alex Rake and the Leaves

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down the hill
down the hill
down the hill

where the trees stand
leafless and still

there's a hole
that the garbage fills
and a creek
that my love's blood spills.

what would you marry me for?

on the floor
on the floor
on the floor

only inches
away from the door

lay a bride, and her groom,
and his whore -
but titles dont mean much
anymore.

so what would you marry me for?

on the waves
on the waves
on the waves

no one kneels to pray
or bothers to shave

free from pasts and futures,
free from masters and slaves,
leave your heart on the hill,
let it beat in its grave.

but tell me,
what would you marry me for?

this is life
this is life
this is life

youre sliced into the world
then carved down with a knife

like that bride, and her groom,
and my wife.
im returning to sea.
i'll follow the creek.

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from Ruff Stuff, Sep 2016, released September 16, 2016

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Alex Rake and the Leaves Mission, British Columbia

Alex Rake is a singer/songwriter/low life from Mission, BC, and the Leaves are his friends. They are recipients of a Mission Muse Award for emerging artist.

Together, they make folk music with jazz ethics and punk aesthetics. In less fancy words, they yell and improvise all over troubadour songs.
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