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Vocals and Piano— Sandhya Drums— Jean-Paul Gaster Bass— Pete Strobl Guitar— Scott Smith Organ— Andre Mayeux Background Vocals—Sandhya, Piper Greenbaum, Mike Westcott, and Pete Strobl Produced by Pete Strobl, Co-Produced by Sandhya All Music & Lyrics by Sandhya Elizabeth Asirvatham BMI (c) 2020 I built a monster in my basement, and tried to teach him how to talk. But he could never manage more than an unintelligible squawk. I sent him up to the state college to earn his history degree. But what he learned there was so gruesome, back to the basement did he flee. He say “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me,” he say “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me…ev’ry time.” I put a parrot in my parlor, and waited long for her to speak. But she preferred to perch in silence, quietly burnish her mystique. I wondered if she were a goddess, reincarnated here and now. Does Polly really want a cracker, or does she want me to kowtow? She say, “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me,” she say “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me…ev’ry time.” I hid a painting in my closet, a kind of emblem of my soul. And while I lived a life unblemished, the hidden portrait did get old. And when the time came to be honest about the sins that I’d disowned, I took a glance at that dark portrait, and my poor tongue did turn to stone, I say, “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me,” I say “WORDS, they fail me, they fail me, they fail me…ev’ry time.”