The Verve Pipe - I've Suffered a Head Injury (re-release)
Re- Released: 1995
Sid Flips Music O/B/O LMNOPop! Music/EMI April Music, Inc./ Hips McCrackin' Music / Guy Bruno Music (ASCAP)

Ark of the Envious  //  Even the Score  //  Acting as Your Slave  //  Oceanside  //  I've Suffered a Head Injury
Clean Break  //  Martyr Material
 

ARK OF THE ENVIOUS   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

i hear the driving of the nail -- i hear the rain i hear the hail
i hear the laughter of the people dancing 'round him
as he forces his poor family to set sail
if you don't care you will not cry
if you don't dare you will not try
and now i'm drowning in the dark
with thoughts of building my own ark
i feel my baby's on the rise -- sits there examining her thighs
in he comes all drenching clean -- and lays upon her hard and lean
she comes when he never even tries
if you don't care you will not cry
if you don't dare you will not try
and now i'm drowning in the dark
with thoughts of building my own ark
i'm sitting and wishing i were young -- the best lines they'd flow right off my tongue
i'd believe that school is social banging in
and banging out and hanging in
and hanging out until we're hung
if you don't care you will not cry
if you don't dare you will not try
and now i'm drowning in the dark
with thoughts of building my own ark
of the envious....
i am one
 
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EVEN THE SCORE   [written by Brian & Brad Vander Ark]

i wish that i could give breath to the women i've created
in paragraphs and paragraphs i've written to this date
and set them all upon my desk, choose one to ignore
just to even the score
all the biggest plays i missed 'cause i was sitting over on the sidelines
all the precious faces that refused to date someone outside the guidelines
well, high school begins with worship for the leisure class
you swear you'll overcome it
but your envy doesn't seem to pass
how similar the shopping but at different stores
we've got to even the score
all the biggest plays i missed 'cause i was sitting over on the sidelines
all the precious faces that refused to date someone outside the guidelines
all the biggest plays i missed 'cause i was sitting over on the sidelines
all the precious faces that refused to date someone outside the guidelines

 

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ACTING AS YOUR SLAVE   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

my hand asleep for hours -- waiting for the needles to begin
i have no control -- they proceed to penetrate my skin
acting as your slave i drink for amber waves
i never have embraced
acting as your slave i drink an open grave
an epitaph defaced
killing with compassion -- she hasn't heard a word that i have said
swallowing your passion -- i can see a thousand miles ahead
acting as your slave i drink for barricades
that i have often raised
acting as your slave i numb my head and rave
of epitaphs defaced
acting as your slave i drink while she forgave
with trials left unfaced
acting as your slave i stumble to her grave
an epitaph defaced
 
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OCEANSIDE   [written by Donny Brown]

 she never wanted to talk -- she never wanted to argue
but that's the way it goes -- when there's nobody listening
eyes straight on the front line

knee deep in the river flow
keep your chin up, keep your back straight
rescue's on the way
always the keeper of secrets -- always the source of confusion
but that's the way it goes -- when there's nobody listening
eyes straight on the front line
knee deep in the river flow
keep your chin up, keep your back straight
rescue's on the way
nobody said this was going to be easy
but i'll tell you what i'm gonna do
can i take you to an oceanside
can i take you to an oceanside
for a few hundred years
i'm telling you that's all i ever heard about it
can i take you to an oceanside
never a word of intention -- never a hope of reunion
but that's the way it goes -- when there's nobody listening
eyes straight on the high wire
knee deep in the river flow
keep your chin up, keep your back straight
rescue's on the way
nobody said this was going to be easy
but i'll tell you what i'm gonna do 

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I'VE SUFFERED A HEAD INJURY   [written by Brian & Brad Vander Ark]

vanilla ice man cometh, goeth
sampling, dealing, music stolen
to pre-pubescent girls appealing
re-mix record contract sealing
borrowed lyrics sung with feeling slumping
record sales are healing
concert hall promoters kneeling
keeping grateful deadheads relling
quite suppressed yet quite revealing
influence is far from stealing
i've suffered a head i've suffered a head injury
i've suffered a head i've suffered a head injury
techno-pop kids, stardom's rockets
money in their label's pocket
unrelentless, thoughtless selling
busting charts, atop they're dwelling
lacking substance story telling
lost the message in this yelling
robbing fortunes from the willing
endless posing, mindless chilling
plastic icing airtime filling
instigating art-rock killing
i've suffered a head i've suffered a head injury
i've suffered a head i've suffered a head injury
 
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CLEAN BREAK   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

 
i think you need some assistance -- to keep yourself at a distance
it's harder when she's beautiful -- it's easy when she's waking next to you
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, break clean
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
i can see the tables turning -- homefires lit, your house is burning
it's harder in the evening but it's easy in the early afternoon
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, break clean
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
sure there is an easy out by staying in for one more session
you justify it all by seeing her in moderation
no opportunity for her to start a new relation
you help yourself because you're sensing
obligation
i think it's great the way you handle
both ends of a burning candle
it's harder when she's easy but it's easy
when she's just as hard on you
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, break clean
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
if you're gonna make a break, make a clean break
 

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MARTYR MATERIAL   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

it's different now
i feel that all those looks were just a game
you smoked and choked on cigarettes
and acted cute and lame-and lame
your parting lips that wrapped me up
in promised company
now mumble that each breath i take
takes from the air you breathe-and breathe
you were to share these dreams
but from this bed it's different than it seems
you'll have to drag me everywhere you go
and you're not martyr material
you fell in love, you fell so hard
you said it must be days
i said that i am not quite ready
for your newest phase-your face
conceding, lying, cheating
deceiving relentlessly
my voice got softer
you could no longer hear me-hear me
that ring you wear in fashion
has a chain that pierces through my nose
you'll have to drag me everywhere you go
and you're not martyr material
my life is riding in this chair of wheels
with arms that move too slow
you'll have to drag me everywhere you go
and you're not martyr material
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