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when i was
cadmium

[ alap ]
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where were you!! -- parent talk;
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obey.
 3
 
 
where were you when i needed you? -- ask back,
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after all these years. ask friends, parents, teachers.
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obey them: be grateful we're your friend. be grateful we
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let you shop in our art store, go to our college, eat our food.
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[ ghat ]
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when you told me,
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after i hated you -- i didn't hate you,
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when you told me.
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when you slapped me,
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i was your child -- i wasn't yours,
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when you slapped my face.
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you said, dear friend whom i admired,
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that i'd be better if i smoked dope --
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you said so, but i didn't hear it, but
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i intuited that you meant i'd stop
 18
crushing on you.
 19
 
 
when i was an astronaut,
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you pulled the plug -- i couldn't breathe,
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you cut my air.
 22
 
 
when i was a ghost,
 23
you sometimes shivered -- i didn't want
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to frighten you, just say hello.
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11 Apr 18


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