Dr. Jenning

from by Douglas Chay

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Pickle me an ancient tongue I climb upon its smoldering rung
And every step I further take is one more chance I won't awaken
Dr. Jenning—I think I need some help
Will you see me—maybe you can help
Can you tell me—what's that you say to me?
Dr. Jenning aahh—
Waiting for a blackened sea to ope its mouth and swallow me
Watch the water turn to blood it tastes like wine is that enough?
Dr. Jenning—I'm waiting in your room
Where could you be—can you get here soon?
When I think of—all the things you've done
Dr. Jenning aah—
I see her fill those needles full of things so kind
I put my hands in my head trying to find my mind
I don't know who to talk to things can be so weird
My body's aching won't you let me out of here?
The lobsters snap their heavy claws entangled in a seaweed gauze
Disembodied from their heads they writhe together in sea beds
Walking through a distant sphere where shadows rise and disappear
Throbbing red goes forth and back my fingers severed and hair hacked

©1986 Douglas Chay
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from The Deal Box, released July 21, 1986


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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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