Wide Awake at Five

from by Douglas Chay

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I can see you in the morning
I feel you in the night
Travel agent supermarket penicillin Palm Beach
Go fast talk telephone push button tone
Out of order cross the border cruise liner air fare
Card credit cash charge Visa mustard MasterCard
Ashes to the well sell another day to go to hell
Bags packed workers sacked bending over bite a back
Taxicab bus wheels hitchhike turnpike automobile
Alimony toast scrape blacker back out on the plate

So long says the pipeman in his brown cedar suit
for his store was burned down by the mafia
And his kids joined the Church and came out
Brainwashed (Scientology, Numerology, Sandy-Strology, Tarot-Cardogy)
Remember the old man with his head on the plate
The silverware bent and melted back into Earth
People will know that their communication
Is not at all what they wish it to be

© 1987 Douglas Chay
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from Wide Awake at Five, released January 10, 2003


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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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