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Annabelle, pick up the phone
I’m calling from the kitchen
we just never seem to listen when we’re sharing the same room
I’m not sure anymore what might get your attention
every day you see me less than
you did just the day before
Out there in the garden
motionless for hours
yeah, it’s just like there’s a statue dressed in Annabelle’s old clothes
And part of me’s afraid to wake you from the dreams you’re having
scared the scattered pieces won’t come back together whole

Annabelle, come back to me
I’m calling you from home
Annabelle, come back to me
I’m living here alone

Another quiet evening
That book that you’ve been reading’s open
but I don’t believe I’ve seen you turn a single page
Even here right beside you
I barely recognize you
you’re like a photograph I’m watching fade away
I want to shake you
I’d prefer that you were angry with me
you’re like a bird now, looking lost without a cage
I don’t know what to call it
I’m not sure who could solve this
problem of a disappearing girl, oh Anna stay


You’re in the bathroom with a flashlight
you’re trying to weigh your shadow
yeah, you say it’s gotten heavy, hard to drag across the floor
Same scene we had last night
and I still know what happens to you
I just stand here useless, sometimes listen through the door
The ringing in your ears
has gotten worse it’s hard to take you say
it sounds like heavy traffic
as we’re climbing into bed
And I believe I almost hear it
I know better than to touch you lately
praying I don’t wake up to the car crash in your head

Annabelle, come back to me
I’m trying to get through
Annabelle, come back to me
Or take me there with you


from Parts of Speech, released June 25, 2013
Written and performed by Dessa, Dustin Kiel, Sean McPherson and Joey Van Phillips
Additional performance by Rebecca Arons and Scott Agster. Sampled Cello from Emily Dantuma.
Published by Lorem Ipsum (ASCAP)



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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more


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