The Deal Box

from by Douglas Chay

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The other night about ten o'clock
Outside the grocery store parking lot
A friend accosted who held onto her purse
Was next found riding in the back of a hearse
It could have been me
A guy was talking just the other day
Bout how he got to be that way
He was doing thirty, thought that's doing alright
But some folks were drinking and they missed the red light
It could have been me
Everyone is hoping that they've taken some vaccine
That keeps themselves immune
The news all seems so distant from the subway office grind
But give yourself some time
I heard on the news about the airline flight
When the hijackers freaked with their guns eind their knives
They wanted to go to some strange part of Spain
But instead sucked all the people through a hole in the plane
Everyone is thinking things don*t work that way for them
Until they're one in ten
Things can be quite scary when you're out there on your own
So alone
A guy of eighteen was sent off to fight
In a war he didn't even think was right
His family got no letters, got no news but for lies
And they're still there waiting for the news that he died
It could have been me
A blue young girl went out for a date
The end of which she was brutally raped
A guy was working on the edge of his land
When the white hooded figoires came and cut off his hands
A man was lying there asleep in his bed
When a robber put a bullet through the back of his head
A fisherman fishing on the wrong part of town
Where the people put him under and they cheered as he drowned
Some friends protesting for to save all the trees
When the cops came along and kicked out all of their teeth
A guy got angry so he threw them some mud
And was found five minutes later covered in his own blood
It could have been me, the thought frightens me

©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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