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lyrics

THE FREE LIFE

Well I've always been a rounder from city to town
And I never met no one could settle me down
'Til the day that I met you I was too blind to see
Freedom made a slave out of me
My freedom made a slave out of me

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay

When you offered your love I took more than I gave
Didn't know I was someone that no one could save
And I thought that by leaving that I would be free
How wrong can one foolish man be
Just how wrong can one foolish man be

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay

Even birds that fly high are still chained to the sky
Said the prophet that I did not heed
I was brought to my knees by my do as I please
Had to learn the hard way
It's true what they say
The free life makes you pay

Now I'm wasting my days and nights I can't sleep
And I ain't living long with the company I keep
But until I forget you I will go on this way
How long that may be I can't say
Just how long that may be I can't say

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay

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from Songs from the City and the Desert, released March 31, 2017
Robert Garson - vocal, guitar, bass, tambourine
Kirsty McGee - backing vocal, flute

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Ocotillo Joshua Tree, California

Named after a Sonoran desert plant whose crimson rainflowers earn it the nickname 'desert coral', Ocotillo (ah-kah-tee-oh) is a UK/US transcontinental duo bringing together the voices and songwriting of Kirsty McGee from Manchester and Robert Garson from Joshua Tree. ... more

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