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Ten thousand hours I've spent wishing
Ten thousand years I've been asleep
The x-ray shows some kind of growth inside me
Could it be the side on which I sleep?
Will you be with me in my surgery?
Will you hold me when I bleed?
When they cut the skin, will you be within?
Help me to get rid of my disease
Inside my dreams I've imagined
A healing light would penetrate
But every morning I awaken
To a new sensation of pain
Surgery, will you watch them insert the key?
Surgery, won't you mutter a prayer for me?
Soon I'll slip into unconsciousness
Arms and fingers motionless
Where were you when I got started?
Where will you be when I get done?
I'll think of you inside my coffin
Tattoo your name upon my arm
Surgery, that's one place I don't want to be
Surgery, take my hand cause I don't want to bleed

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


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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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