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How to Tell the Boys Apart

by Shiranne

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In memory of Avi Schaefer, ז"ל


Way back then
In Oakland
I was not the only one who struggled
To know one brother from the other

There were clues
Purple shoes
But even earrings hardly did enough
To tell the boys apart

Skip a year
And we're here
And everybody knows the difference
But I'm still looking for the anklets

Here and there
Through footwear
I trained myself to figure it out
To tell the boys apart

But I guess it's no surprise
As we were never close
But then again sometimes
I couldn't but admire those two boys

Months went by
Training time
One came and supported us
I still don't know which it was

It's a shame
Pretty lame
That I knew and then forgot
How to tell the boys apart

Shabbat's in
The news is heavy on my chest
I'm crying for the one who's left

No longer
Must I learn
One is here, the other's not
So I can tell the boys apart


released March 12, 2010
Recorded by Avsha Elan


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Shiranne is one half of Not Twins, found at: nottwinsband.com

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