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(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan

It was familiar to me, the smoke too thick to breathe. The tile floors glistened; I slowly stirred my drink.
And when he started to sing, you spoke with broken speech that I could not understand.
And then you grabbed me tightly.

I won’t let go, I won’t let go.
Even if you say so, oh no.
I’ve tried and tried with no results.
I won’t let go, I won’t let go.

He then played every song from 1993. The crowd applauded as he curtsied bashfully.
Your eyelashes tickled my neck with every nervous blink, and it was perfect until the telephone started ringing ringing ringing ringing ringing off.

From the Wiki:
“(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan” is a song by Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello), featuring the vocals and lyrics by Ben Gibbard. The song was recorded for the album Life Is Full of Possibilities in 2001. “Evan and Chan” was so well-received that the two collaborated on a full-length album, Give Up, which they released as The Postal Service in 2003.

There is some speculation on who the title characters Evan and Chan are in the context of the song; some have suggested that given the reference to 1993 from the lyrics and Tamborello’s instructions to pronounce Chan as “Chawn”, Evan Dando of the Lemonheads and Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, might be the Evan and Chan from the title. This has been confirmed by Tamborello himself, who says the song was written about a strange dream Ben Gibbard had involving the two musicians.

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