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Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories

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10. Pavlov's Daughter

The grave diggers getting stuck in the machine

pickings getting slim, slimmer

I hear them say my name

regin-ah, regin-ah, regin-a-ah

yes I'm putting the boulder to my ear

and I still can't hear

whadya think I was an amateur

playin' with my temperature...

If I hear another song about angels

if I see another feather on the dumb-box

I'm gonna go to Babylon and get me some whiskey

Gonna get me some whiskey now...

If I hear another song about angels

if I see another feather on the dumb-box

I'm gonna go to Babylon and get me some whiskey now

My name is Lucille and I know how you feel

I live downstairs

I hear you taking out your garbage

I hear you loving your girlfriend

I hear you loving yourself too

I hear you turning your thoughts off

I turn mine off too

The only thing I hear is you

and you don't sound good and you don't sound nice

and you don't sound good and you don't sound right

and it get's quiet...

Pavlov's daughter woke up in the morning

Heard the bell ring

And something deep inside of her made her want to salivate

So she lay there drooling on her pillow

So she lay there, the sun skimming her skin, and drooling on her pillow

Pavlov's daughter

And it was far away and hazy like a dream

not a dream, but the ocean,

not the ocean, but forever...

The grave diggers getting stuck in the machine...

...And it gets quiet...

As quiet as an ambulance checking out the neighborhood, waiting for the blade to slip and that final blow, but nothing happens, it's a cruel joke

as ironic as a ticker tape parade over the rain forest,

as ironic as a ticker tape parade over my head,

as ironic as a ticker tape parade over my head going down stream... to where...it isn't... even... real...rain... at...all...

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11. 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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12. Us

The made a statue of us

And put it on a mountain top

Now tourists come and stare at us

Blow bubbles with their gum

Take photographs have fun

Have fun

They’ll name a city after us

And later say it’s all our fault

Then they’ll give us a talking to

Then they’ll give us a talking to

Cause they’ve got years of experience

We’re living in a den of thieves

Rummaging for answers in the pages

We’re living in a den of thieves

And it’s contagious

And it’s contagious

We wear our scarves just like a noose

But not cause we want eternal sleep

And though our parts are slightly used

New ones are slave labor you can keep

We’re living in a den of thieves

Rummaging for answers in the pages

We’re living in a den of thieves

And it’s contagious

And it’s contagious

It’s contagious

It’s contagious

They made a statue of us

They made a statue of us

The tourists come and stare at us

The sculptor’s mama sends regards

They made a statue of us

They made a statue of us

Our noses have begun to rust

We’re living in a den of thieves rummaging for answers in the pages

We’re living in a den of thieves

And it’s contagious

And it’s contagious

It’s contagious, it’s contagious

It’s contagious

It’s contagious

It’s contagious

It’s contagious

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