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Featuring: Jonah Sacks (cello) & Sasha Forte (violin & viola)

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you can have washington
i'll take new jersey
you can have london
but i want new york city

i should get providence
i've got a job now
los angeles - obvious -
that's where you belong now

you can have africa,
asia, australia
as long as you keep your hands
off
café pamplona

we can split germany
right down the middle
you'd hate it there anyway
take berlin and
we'll call it even

you can have all of
the carry-on baggage
i'll trade the saskia jokes
for the alphabet language

and special occasions
we'll split between parents
who forced us to hate them
on alternating weekends

you call it over
and i call you psycho
significant other???
just say we were lovers
and we'll call it even

i am the tower
around which you orbited
i am not proud
i am just taking orders
i fall to the ground
within hours of impact
i hit back when hit
and attack when attacked

i am the ground zero
ex-friend you ordered
disguised as a hero to
get past your borders
i know when i'm wanted
i'll leave if you ask me to
mind my own business
and speak when i'm spoken to

you get rt. 2 between
concord and lexington
i want mass ave
from the square
to my apartment

and if we should meet
through some misunderstanding
i'll be very sweet
very patient and forgiving
(now get off my side of the state)

and if we should see
one another in passing
despite these techniques
there is sometimes
no avoiding
(there must be some kind of mistake)

we'll raise high the white flags
and bow heads and shake hands
declaring the land we're on
unamerican
we'll call it even

i am the tower
around which you orbited
i am not proud
i am just taking orders
i fall to the ground
within hours of impact
i hit back when hit
and attack when attacked
and i am an accident
waiting to happen
i'm laughing like mad
as you strangle the captain
my place may be taken
but make no mistake
from a little black box
i can say without shame
that you've lost

so
take whatever you'd like
i'll strike like the states on fire
you won't sleep very tight
no hiding
no safe cover
make your bed and now lie
just like you always do
you can fake it for the papers
but
i'm onto you...

credits

from The Dresden Dolls, released September 26, 2003
String Arrangement by: The Dolls, Jonah Sacks, Sasha Forte & Martin Bisi

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