live at sin é

live at sin é

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  • recorded: 7 april 2010
  • all songs written by: david ding

hair clip surprise

all i wanted was to bring a smile to your face; turn a frown upside down
a frown i might have put there in the first place
wires crossed; no surprise
happened all the time when we were crossed ourselves

insensitivity on my part? or you with just too fragile a heart?
i don’t know
“no big deal” – your words, not mine

in the pocket of my coat i used to keep a pink hair clip
a little plastic piece of you
i remember once, standing at a bus stop, reaching in, finding it there
i’d forgotten it was there
it brought a smile to my face

so later in the day of the wires-crossing
i came to make a withdrawal from the pocket of my coat
and i heard a cracking crunching sound
felt something break beneath my foot; i looked down

can’t say exactly how i felt

all i know is that
it brought a smile to my face


tried, tested

out of the clutch of your conviction i assess what i need
it’s funny just how much attention you require to breathe
it’s true i make mistakes, i stumble, trip, i fall and i bleed
but i’m not hesitant, just sensitive to certain degrees

i’m not upset when you’re repetitive – i get what you mean
i know it’s hard for you to change the things you can’t even see
i find my history has ceased to detail accurately
the many lacerations i’ve effected casually

it’s true i make mistakes i stumble, trip, i fall and i bleed
but i’m not hesitant, just sensitive to certain degrees
and should i make myself in short supply before you agree
or do i run the risk of finding out you’re just what i need


all done

no smile when i watch her run
‘cross the bridge and back under the sun
i’m still her boy

finish line brings it back again
and with a twist it’s a signal when
she’s being not so coy
she’s not so coy

i still remember when we had a distant friend
to bring us two together through the night

a quick kiss walking out the door
pop back in for just a little more
she doesn’t mind

call ahead on my way back home
didn’t want to leave her all alone
all of the time
we’re intertwined

seems like so long ago, we didn’t really know
if we belonged together
but now we’re pretty sure that we can be mature
in dealing with whatever
we’re all done
we’re all done
we’re all done
we’re all done


hard to please

took your advice
got guarantees
learned how to fly
stopped wearing green

called you all the time
to see what you needed
but you weren’t satisfied
unless i was bleeding

because it’s so hard to please you
you’re so hard to please
i broke my back so you could stay off your knees

kept my eyes ahead
let you intervene
let you have both sides of the bed when
you said you needed sleep

read the little list that you gave me
and i cut down every tree
showered you with all those gifts
and i kept the receipts like you asked

because it’s so hard to please you
you’re so hard to please
i broke my back so you could stay off your knees
i broke my back so you could keep your fingers clean

i brought you the moon
then you asked me what took so long
i gave you the stars
said they didn’t go with anything
i turned off the rain
then you told me the air was dry
i turned it on again
you complained and still i don’t know why it’s
so hard to please you
you’re so hard to please
i broke my back so you could stay off your knees
i broke my back so you could keep your fingers clean
i had a heart attack so you’d get off with ease
i cut my throat so you’d have more air to breathe


©2010 david ding