You Can't Help Who You Love

from by Ruth Theodore

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lyrics

over loads of under tones pull you into the throws of hopes and dreams and no you can't help who you love despite all your genius when that rooster crows oh heaven knows
you can't help who you love

enter swarms no herds of birds and bees like you wouldn't believe and still the thought of these makes you weak in the knees and her touch could make you blush yeah light up like a lantern cause you can't help who you love

you can't help so you love and you love and you love and you love and you love
so you love and you love and you love and you love

sweeping feelings under rugs and then one day you’re slamming door and passing bucks
just like everyone does and drained as leaves in tea cups you're making up from storms with hugs you can't help who you love

finding lumps in thunderbolts and lightning strikes the grip of a nightmare grasps you tight and life goes bump in the night and its sickness come to frighten us take me take me you’ll beg you’ll plead

you can't help so you love and you love and you love and you love and you love
so you love and you love and you love and you love

finding comfort in strangers voices in angels you’re told you’re too close to turn to and that’s when they hurt you yeah that when they push you away and it’s cruel life and its strength is such you hate its guts you care so much you can't help who you love

and so you nod your head behind the scenes like you know what it all means keep things sterile clean and although you’ve never been one to believe all that new age stuff
you thank your stars that someone does

you can't help so you love and you love and you love and you love and you love
so you love and you love and you love and you love

skin as pale as paper thin that you’re injecting in once glowed now at best you s’pose that you cushion the blows cause you know as well and those drips and drugs that you do not ease it nothing does

day to day dawn to dusk life to death dust to dust
you can't help who you love you can’t help who you love
you just love who you love you just love who you love

so just love who you love

credits

from Cactacus, released September 23, 2016
Words and music by Ruth Theodore

Produced by Todd Sickafoose

Ruth Theodore: Vocals, Guitar, Slide, Piano, Harmonica
Todd Sickafoose: Double Bass & Electric Bass
Mathias Künzli: Drums & Percussion
Wayne Thompson, Neil Thurston, Jigh Ejakpovi: Backing Vocals
Rob Burger: Organ, Accordion, Fujara
Mike Gamble: Electric Guitar
Jenny Scheinman: Violin
Annissa Olsen: Viola
Kelly Quesada: Cello
Tony Glausi: Trumpet

Recorded by Billy Barnett @ Gung-Ho Studio (Eugene Oregon USA) and Todd Sickafoose @ Earycanal.
Additional recording by Ruth Theodore @ River Rat Records and Duncan Thornley @ Map Studio.
Edited and Mixed by Todd Sickafoose @ Earycanal.
Mastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side Music.

All vocal and string arrangements by Ruth Theodore.
Additional arrangement by Todd Sickafoose.

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Ruth Theodore London

New record 'Cactacus', produced by Todd Sickafoose, release 23rd September 2016!

Ruth taught herself guitar as a busker, going on to share a stage with award winning artists such as Ani Difranco, Chastity Brown, Nick Harper. Releasing 5 records to date receiving high praise from The Guardian, BBC Radio3 & BBC6music.
Ruth can also be found playing crazy eastern european Violin in dark corners.
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