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Thread #13148   Message #4078266
Posted By: GerryM
04-Nov-20 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Rake and a Rambling Man (Don Henderson)
Subject: RE: ADD: Rake and a Rambling Man (Don Henderson)
Stewie, the lyrics you posted to the other thread on 2 September 2020 are **not** the lyrics Declan Affley recorded. Here's what I've transcribed from the Affley recording on the Don Henderson double CD, CD 2, Track 1:

RAKE AND A RAMBLING MAN
(Don Henderson)

Chorus
I am a rake and a rambling man.
Fortune I fall to where I can.
Could I be, would I be, other than
A rake that's a rambling man.

I travel far, I travel wide,
From where winds spring to where winds blow,
And if I walk and if I ride,
It doesn't matter as long as I go.
Stay with the friends that I have made,
Stay with the rich and the poor.
No welcome has been overstayed.
I never linger too long for
I'm a rake that's a rambling man.

To the police, I owe no score. [??]
Seldom we meet, but now and then
I bear in mind that there are more
Policemen than ever were rambling men.
Once as I took, I quickly returned.
I am a man and free.
Long years go by, and the lesson is learned
That in a jail no one can be
A rake that's a rambling man.

Chorus

Women know men and they talk of the day.
Pries [??] at the secrets silent nights hold
Two thousand miles and ten towns away
Names fade and fall from the story that's told.
Walked into wind, whips at the foot fall,
Night breeze is soft and soon spent.
Who can't love one might better love all.
What cares the road for a farewell that went
With a rake that's a rambling man

Chorus

I travel far, I travel wide,
From where winds spring to where winds blow,
For every hill has an unseen side,
Cross roads all quarrel their four ways to go.
Perhaps it will be that I'll never know fame,
Maybe again I will.
Bright lights might never write out my name,
But it won't matter if I am still
A rake that's a rambling man

Chorus

Note there are two places, indicated by [??], where I'm not sure
of my transcription.

Joe, I haven't been able to find a video, either.