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This is Nilsy's first songwriting contribution, and it's one of my favorite 20ML tunes. I contributed some catchy guitar ditties that I'm pretty proud of, but the song galvanized those ideas. Kelly and Nils perform some outstanding hand-clapping, cacophonous keyboarding at the end as the song sort of deflates. Then Kelly lets out an adorable little whoop. She's definitely the biggest dork in the band, and she talks the most when she's recording vocals, so we have some choice exclamations recorded for posterity that we might share with you all some day. Kelly's lyrics revolve around William Burroughs' unfortunate game in Mexico with his wife.
--gg

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Bitter-tounged and strung out
I try to keep my lunch down
Yellow pads and needles
My hell is other people

Here we see that nature
is such a ruthless teacher
nothing's accidental
and you're already spent

We played our William Tell
soaked in gin with benzedrine
I never shot so well
And they believed me

Semi-automatic
so lurid and traumatic
for my preservation
I'll write it down again

We played our William Tell
soaked in gin with benzedrine
I never shot so well
And they believed me

You're always slouching, Joan,
and where's the child gone to now?
He'd rather be alone
than see the bloodstain on your brow
The Federales play
a round of blackjack with my change
The suits don't steer the game,
but they believed me, didn't they?

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from Yawn​+​House​=​Explosion, released February 22, 2005
Music: NE, JO, KA
Lyrics: KA

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