Disassembly Manual

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2018. Once, when I was a child, we bought a flat-pack bookshelf, and the poorly-translated instruction manual for its assembly indicated that, "sometimes, it is better to be two people." In my family, this is considered to be received wisdom.


There's too much summer in this place.
They oughta shoot it into space,
and I'm still trying to figure out if I can overdose
on whatever's in the sunlight reflected by your face.

Maybe it's the calm before the apocalypse,
but me? I'm just focused on your fingertips:
how creative, how destructive,
how the air between my eyes and yours used to be conductive.

It's little more than a prayer
when I ask you to kiss me.
Sometimes, I can't tell
when you're with me.

Do you remember wishing you had more to give me?
Back when eternity was never quite enough?
Now, just getting through dinner takes an Act of Grace.
How the hell did it get so tough?

I haven't seen you since Tuesday
and I'm not sure you miss me.
Then again,
sometimes I can't tell when you're with me.

From everything I'd heard about falling out of love,
I expected to be building a shelter
that wants to go to pieces,
stark naked on the living room floor,
but instead you just get quiet.
You get lonely with your best friend.
You want to change yourself, but you don't know what for.

I'm scrambling like a drowning mouse
for any solitary ounce
of affection that you see fit to give me.
But I know who you're thinking about
when you're with me.


from Little Bird, released November 16, 2018
Vocals, Electric Guitar: Scott Reu
Rhodes, Synth, Drum Machine: James Riotto


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Scott Reu has been making original music since 2008. In 2018, Scott released a new album under the musical nom de guerre "Haunted Horse."

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