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from Tape From Minnesota by Bob Frey

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Rachel, dear Rachel, the river's on fire
Black smoke is rising, I can see it for miles
Rachel, dear Rachel, tell me what have you done
Don't you see all the trouble you've caused

The news hit me quickly of her secret demise
To the depths of her darkest disease
I was battered and tainted, but I was not surprised
See, we always lived quite carelessly
But, those who preceded us fell where we stood
We were younger, it set us apart
And, I always believed in her more than i should have
it had been that way right from the start


I remember the nights in the back-alley bars
I believed what i wanted to hear
Walking home as the streetlights gave way to the dawn
Moving slowly and keeping her near
Through hushed innuendo and vagabond tales
With a laugh and a toss of her hair
In the face of the innocent, both of us failed
Turn around, to see nobody there
And, an alibi each to prepare


The flowers still grow that you planted that spring
Near the boulevard off of the square
I think of you sometimes, like a place that I visited
But, will not return to again
You, like your Mother, so cruel and absurd
As all that surrounded you burned
Me, like a beggar in the company of strangers
i'm wondering which way to turn



from Tape From Minnesota, released May 1, 2004
Bob Frey - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica


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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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