My Dead Friends

from by Douglas Chay

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Martha is a friend of mine, she eats food all the time
She knows your mother and tells her things about you
And her friend Dave lies dead on the beach
He never learned how to teach
He wanted a Ph.D. but he found a rifle
I'm buying some ugly flowers
For my dead friends
I'm spitting from the top of a tower
On my dead friends
My dead friends with their heads in their hands
They eat from a can my dead friends
My dead friends they live in a house
Somewhere in the deep south
My dead friends
Stan is a casual acquaintance he's 43 with a good job
But he's already washed up cause he always
talks as if he's already dead
Ain't that sad, ain't that a shame
But there's no one around who you can lay the blame
There's nothing to eat in the kitchen and I'm still hungry
I'm wasting away the afternoon mourning over
My dead friends
I'm baking a cake with some white enriched flour for
My dead friends
My dead friends they all live in a van
They eat with their hands
My dead friends they're too busy to talk
And when they see you they walk
My dead friends they grow their pot in a pan
They smell like Pierre Cardin
My dead friends as a matter of fact
All their clothes are jet black
My dead friends

©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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