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lyrics

You broke my bow- there goes my arrow
You broke my gun and now my bullets don't fly
You broke my plow- I'm lying feral
You broke my well and now my bucket is dry
You broke my knife- I can't cut it
You broke my ax and now my timber don't fall
You broke my door- I can't shut it
You broke my window now it's only a wall

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me

You broke my map- I can't follow
You broke my cage and now my birdie won't stay
You broke my drum- no longer hollow
You broke my trumpet- no more reveilles play
You broke my wheel- I can't steer it
You broke my track and I'm a runaway train
You broke my dog- I can't go near it
You broke my bumbershoot- I'm stuck in the rain

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me

If only you'd learn how to pick up after yourself
How to follow the rules and get along with others
If only you'd learn how to take better care of your things
Well maybe my shit wouldn't be strewn cross the floor
Maybe my fruit wouldn't be cut to the core

You broke my nail- there goes my hammer
You broke my ruler now my lines are both crossed
You broke my glass and so my glamour
You broke my trunk and all my Legos are lost
You broke my jar- I smell the honey
You broke my seam- now my stiches unwind
You broke my back- I feel funny
You broke my skull and now I'm losing my mind

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way it was before

Tell me what I gotta do
Tell me what I gotta say
Tell me what I gotta do and what I gotta say
For it to be the way that it used to be
The way that it used to be
The way it was before you broke me

credits

from Lady Monday, released December 2, 2015
Music, lyrics, vocals, acoustic guitars, keys: David Alan Thornton
Drums & percussion: Vincent Presite
Bass: Justin Goldner
Electric guitars: Adam Stoler
Piano: Karl Saint Lucy
Bassoon: Taylor Smith
Trombone: Dan Thornton

Recorded by John Davis & Todd Carder at the Bunker Studio
Mixed by John Davis
Mastered by Scott Hull

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David Alan Thornton New York, New York

Alaska-raised, NYC-based, singer-songwriter David Alan Thornton has has been called "too open-minded for the Midwest and too open-hearted for New York." As a performer, his "soulful vocal stylings compliment confessional lyrics that border on literary greatness." With a sound in the middle of David Bowie and Cat Stevens, you might call him an alternative-folk-rock singer, but who really knows? ... more

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