We Can and We Can't

from by Alex Rake and the Leaves

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i could be the father of her children
but i cant forge the chains to make her wife.
i could be her heartless husband's fill-in
but i cant be the thing that saves her life.

you know what i am -
im a singer, a sailor,
a seeker of songs
and a seer of seas,
and when im on land
i feel like a failure
so give me some chaos,
get me off my knees.

"we can and we cant"

she could be the only one i play to
but she cant be the shoveler of my feed.
she could be the angel that i pray to
but she cant be the devil that i need.

you know what she is -
a dancer, a danger
with flames on her feet
and a sword in her belt,
spreading her pain
to any old stranger
in her kingdom, this country
where everything's felt.

"we can and we cant"

both of us were decks that needed shuffling.
each of us were chips we're bound to lose.
love is luck and luck is nearly nothing
and nothing's never something you can choose.

how can it be
i was ever her lover -
was there a truer
promise to chant?
and is it correct
we can ever recover?
the wind answers thus:

"we can and we cant"


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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