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10. Chemo Limo

I had a dream

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin came over and babysat all four of my kids

Then in my dream I told the doctor off he said "if you don’t want to do it

Then you don’t have to do it"

He said "the truth is you’ll be ok anyway"

Then in my dream

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin and the doctor went and had a talk with my boss

Something about insurance policies

They kept the door closed at all times

I couldn’t hear or see

When they came out they said "you’ll be ok anyway"

And I smile cause I’d known it all the while

No thank you no thank you no thank you no thank you

I ain’t about to pay for this shit

I can afford chemo like I can afford a limo and on any given day I’d rather ride a limousine

No thank you no thank you no thank you no thank you

I ain’t about to die like this

I can afford chemo like I can afford a limo

And besides this shit is making me tired it’s making me tired it’s making me tired

You know I planned to retire someday

But mama’s gonna go out in style

Go out in style

This shit is making me tired

It’s making me tired, it’s making me tired

Mama gonna go out in style

When I woke up the kids were being quiet

I knew it was a dream right away

I called the limousine company

Then I got dressed

I dressed the kids as well

The limousine pulled in and we piled in

The doctor he asked which way we were headed

I said "sir let’s just go west" and he listened obediently

Sophie only wanted to listen to radio BBC

Michael sat on my knees and whispered to me all about the meanies

Jacqueline was being such a big girl with her cup of tea looking out of the window

And Barbara, she looks just like my mom

Oh my Barbara she looks so much like my mom

No thank you no thank you no thank you no thank you

I ain’t about to pay for this shit

I can afford chemo like I can afford a limo

And any given day I’d rather ride a limousine

No thank you no thank you no thank you no thank you

I ain’t about to die like this

I can afford chemo like I can afford a limo

And besides this shit is making me tired

It’s making me tired it’s making me tired

You know I plan to retire someday

But mama gonna go out in style

Go out in style

This shit is making me tired

It’s making me tired it’s making me tired

Mama gonna go out in style

Go out in style

Style

I had a dream

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin came over and babysat all four of my kids

I had a dream

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin came over and babysat all four of my kids

Sophie only wanted to listen to radio BBC

Michael sat on my knees and whispered to me all about the meanies

Jacqueline was being such a big girl with her cup of tea looking out of the window

And Barbara, she looks just like my mom oh my God, Barbara she looks so much like my mom

Oh my Barbara she looks so much just like my mom...

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11. Somedays

Somedays aren’t yours at all

They come and go as if they’re someone elses days

They come and leave you behind someone elses face

And it’s harsher than yours

And colder than yours

They come in all quiet sweep up and then they leave

And you don’t hear a single floor board creak

They’re so much stronger than the friends you try to keep by your side

Downtown, downtown

I’m not here, not anymore

I’ve gone away

Don’t call me don’t write

*I’m in love with your daughter

I want to have her baby I’m in love with your daughter

So can I please

Downtown, downtown

I’m not here

Not anymore

I’ve gone away don’t call me don’t write

I’ve gone away don’t call me don’t write

Somedays aren’t yours at all

They come and go as if they’re someone elses days

They come and leave you behind someone elses face

And it’s harsher than yours

*The line "I’m in love with your daughter" lyric and melody used with permission from the song "Your Daughter" by Eric Biondo. C2002 Eric Biondo

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Liner Notes:

Thank You: (in no order at all...) *heart*

TMF studios, Graden Studios, Gordon Raphael & Alan Bezozi, Toshi Yoshioka & Josh Stoddard & Will Kelly, Mark Richards, Rosemary Carroll, James Wordem, Janinie Small, Marsha Vlasic, Michael Goldstone, Seymour Stein, Tom Whalley, Jeff Ayeroff, Lydia Sarno, Mitra Darab, Lyor Cohen, Brie Greenberg, everyone at Sire & Warner Bros., Ron Shapiro, Joe Hegleman, Elliott Baer, Jim Merlis, Steven Tachtenbroit, Phil Sarna & all at PSBM, Mike & Lindsey, Crackerfarm, Joe Mendelson, John Sopkia, Jonathan Benedict, Jon Hull, Adria Petty, Bear Spektor, All the musicians on this record, The Strokes & Ryan Gentles & crew, The Kings Of Leon & crew, Ed Harcourt, Davie Poe, Sidewalk Café & The Livingroom & Tonic & The Bowery Ballroom, Mama & Papa & Barry & Roza & Marsha & everyone in my huge and beautiful family, all my wonderful friends in NYC, and *heart* YOU!

This record is dedicated to my grandma, Babooshka Basya Lyubovitskaya

1 Ode To Divorce

regina – piano & voice. Jane Scarpantoni – cello. Alan Bezozi – heart

2 Poor Little Rich Boy

regina – piano, voice and stick

3 Carbon Monoxide

regina – piano, voice. Oren Bloedow – guitar. Graham Maby – bass. Alan Bezozi – drums

4 The Flowers

regina – piano, voice

5 Us

regina – piano, voice. The 4X4 String Quartet – strings

6 Sailor Song

regina – piano, voice, percussion. Graham Maby – bass. Gordon Raphael – percussion. Alan Bezozi – percussion

7 ***

regina and Bear Spektor -– whispers

8 Your Honor featuring Kill Kenada

regina – piano, voice

9 Ghost Of Corporate Future

regina – piano, voice

10 Chemo Limo

regina – piano, voice

11 Somedays

regina – piano, voice. The 4X4 String Quartet – strings

All songs written and C2004 Regina Spektor

Produced by Gordon Raphael, Alan Bezozi and regina spektor

All String Arrangements by regina spektor

Recorded in NYC and London

NYC – TMF Studios, engineered by Toshi Yoshioka

Assisted by Josh Stoddard and Will Kelly

London – The Garden Studios, engineered by Matt Hyde

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Absolute Audio, NYC

Piano Tuner – Sam Berd

Kill Kenada appear courtesy of Subverse Records

Cover Art and Photos by the Crackerfarm (www.crackerfarm.com)

Design by regina spektor and The Crackerfarm, with assistance from Marlow Palleja (www.marlowpallejadesign.com)

The Survival Guide To Soviet Kitsch EPK

Created by Adria Petty and regina spektor

"Us" Video

Directed by Adria Petty

Director of Animation: Peter Sluszka

Director of Photography: Ivan Abel

Edited by Holle Singer at Consulate Editorial

Produced by Lora Nelson/Michael Arias Garza at The Film Company

DVD Authoring: Jim Atkins for Media Services

C2005 Sire Records Group Inc. Made in U.S.A.

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