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​Don't Be - Memory

This song is by The Chills and appears on the album Submarine Bells (1990).

I almost wish I could forget you
In reality I won't
Though summer with my arms around you
Seems hopelessly remote

It won't be long
And our love is strong
It won't be long, it won't be long
If nothing goes wrong

I would tell you loves eternal
But eternity is such a long time
Which we both know we won't handle
With solitude so unattractive

But we don't have long
And now we've this greenhouse on
No, we don't have long, we don't have long
Has something gone wrong? Ah

I'll try to delay this desperate deal
By mailing eight letters that say how I feel
For if you weren't here
There'd always be clear reminiscence

Sensing your presence
Don't be a stranger
And don't be, memory

Cozy in the North wing
Taking turns at Swamp Thing
Listening to The Byrds sing
On the tape recorder

Praying that we might gain
Time and understanding
What's the use, the phone rings
Sends another order

The uncaring power of memory
So crippling in its clarity
Those spiteful spikes of sentiment
I'd love to make some sense of it

But I won't be long
And our love is strong
No, I won't be long, I won't be long
Has something gone wrong, ah

Sensing your essence
So reminiscent
A forgotten flavor
Don't be, memory

Feeling resented
Unrepresented
Please don't regret it
And don't be, memory

Written by:

Martin John James Phillipps