Dishwasher and the Washing Machine

from by Douglas Chay

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I got the word inside my head
It won't come out, I don't know why
I want you oh so much, sweet thing
You know it make me cry
But when I try to think of what I should say
All the words seem to slip away
I can't tell you, I can't say what I mean, so I say
"The dishwasher and the washing machine"
They say communication in relations
Is the only foundation on which to build
But everyone will tell you all the things they want to sell you
In the end they're only wanting you to swallow their pill
(and you'll choke on it)
But in the night when I fight to try to make out alright
The things to say, I find it doesn't matter
Cause it's all a mindless chattering anyway
I can't tell cause I don't know what I mean, so I say
"The dishwasher and the washing machine"
I see the sentence in the rain
But what the meaning is, I just can't explain
I got a picture in my head
But when I try to photograph it, it disappear
Just like a dream you can't pronounce
Foreign word you can't hear
But when the bell rings and I answer the phone
I always pretend that I'm not at home
I can't tell you I can't say what I mean, so I say
"The dishwasher and the washing machine"

© 1990 Douglas Chay
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from Dishwasher and the Washing Machine, released January 2, 1990
Douglas Chay


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Douglas Chay Baltimore, Maryland

Influences include Violent Femmes, the Velvet Underground & Talking Heads, but the music of his forebears is filtered through his own distinctive world view & sonic approach, resulting in a creation uniquely his own.

Simple without being simplistic, accessible without being sycophantic, & clever without feeling smug, he achieves a compelling balance between the new & the familiar. - Scott Hollis
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