Bleeding the Brown Body White

from by Douglas Chay

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Footman, lover, gypsy, thief
Our classifications provide us no relief
A for America, B for Brazil
C for the cow who distills us into milk

Bleeding the brown body white
They say they can't see you if you're dark as the night
While we're sucking the wet juices dry
Mr. Potato Head is missing an eye

Tic tac toe, one two three
We learn when we're children of our identity
And what makes us real is the way that we are
But if you are you then you won't get very far

Bleeding the brown body white
If they can't tell the difference then you must be alright
While we're licking the pink rice from our seat
Barbie and Ken are surfing out on the beach

Take a little time, get to know your neighbor
See he's just like you
Do you know what to do when he calls your name?
Scream and run away
From day into night
We're bleeding the brown body white

Peter Piper pick a cause
You're out there protesting but you can't change the laws
You might be crying, you could be in pain
But without someone listening, you won't see any change

Until you bleed your own brown body white
So nothing offends within the line of your sight
While you're ripping your hair from your head
You'd rather be lying there asleep in your bed

And you sleep so hard and you sleep so fast
With the rumble around you muffled out through the glass
And you dream of princes that kiss your cheek
A dark sweet nectar for your rotting teeth

From day into night we're bleeding the brown body white

© 1996 Douglas Chay
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from Wide Awake at Five, released January 10, 2003


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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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