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Sitting in the garden, thinking of the time
When I was yours and you were mine
Plotting out our pictures, swallowing your hair
We would do the things we wouldn't dare
But here I am in a foreign land buried in the sand
Can't you call a number, won't you write a page
'Cause I need to hear from you today
Stuff it in a bottle, drop it on the tide
I'll find it washed up on the other side
But point is moot 'cause I'm in my suit indefinitely
At first it's one piece --"I love you"
And then it's two piece --you love me, too
And then it's three piece --a commitment
And then it's four piece --that's when you're gone
Four broken pieces of me left in you
Sitting on a park bench, throwing crumbs to birds
We could communicate without words
You would call me Allen, I would call you Jane
Even though we knew those weren't our names
But now it's gone in time that rolls on obliviously
That's when it's five piece --of blackened bread
And then it's six piece --of pain in the head
And then it's seven piece of four a.m.
And then it's eight piece of "do it again"
Eight broken pieces of me left in you
Still I don't know any place left to go where I can still see
That's when it's nine piece --you live alone
And then it's ten piece --don't answer the phone
And it's eleven piece --I'm watching the sky
And then it's twelve piece --with tears in my eyes
Twelve broken pieces of me left in you
That's when it's thirteen piece --of hospitalize
And then it's fourteen piece --of going to die
And then it's fifteen piece --of wanting you back
And then it's sixteen piece --of fall through the crack
Sixteen broken pieces of me left in you
That's when it's seventeen piece --of "see someone else"
And then it's eighteen piece --of broken sea shell
And then it's nineteen piece --of buried back yard
And then it's twenty piece --of pickling jar
Twenty broken pieces of me left in you

© 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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