The Verve Pipe - The Verve Pipe
Released: July 27th, 1999
LMNOPop! Music/EMI April Music, Inc.(ASCAP)

Supergig  //  She Loves Everybody  //  Hero  //  Television  //  In Between  //  Kiss Me Idle
Headlines  //  The F Word  //  Generations  //  Half a Mind  //  She Has Faces  //  La La
 

SUPERGIG   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

turn the cushions over, tonight we're coming over -- angry once, we're not so anymore
and all that we desire is sweep the stage of fliers -- it was funny once it's not so anymore
me, i've got a supergig, got a brand new rig
i'll crank it for you all
the drummer's got a hard-on for every song he starts on  -- once seemed loud, he's not so anymore
the catalog of ballads we played to clean your palates -- we used to care, we don't care anymore
me, i've got a super sound when i play around the gyms or parties
me, i've got a super sound either way
there's not a missing link no matter what you think
right before the break up we turn around and make up
the fear of bargain basements are gone without a trace, yeah
we used to care, we don't care anymore
there ain't no way any super girl's gonna change my world - or keep me down cause
me, i've got a super rig whether at a gig or playing in my room
 
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SHE LOVES EVERYBODY   [written by Donny Brown & Brian Vander Ark]

she loves everybody - she loves everyone
like the picture taken twenty years ago that she keeps in her portfolio
he wants everybody he wants anything - and they part the rope outside the whiskey bar
a glitter gown in orbit left to satellite a waning star
i touch down in the heated land
and shiver in my bones as i look up to greet the clouds that wait for me
washed aside by circumstance
the watercloth had cleared the answer in my mind
and you were there with me, there with me again
she loves everybody - she loves everyone
the evidence sits in the vcr
he's choking on apologies, she's channeling a superstar
i tiny elbow through the crowd
flashing lights, the music's loud, i'm questioning - if this is destiny
disappearing from the rants - ignoring risen sycophants, i close my eyes
and you were there with me, there with me, there with me again
she loves everybody she loves everyone
 
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HERO   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

i can't believe that it was good for anyone - to me worth the wait
i doubt that anybody got their money's worth - but the attention sure felt great
with all eyes upon me, some filled with tears, some couldn't see
it burned like a cancer when the answer did occur to me
creep from the cradle, but a hero's what i wanna be
keep it moving people cause there's nothing more for you to see
i'm just a jerk, but a hero's what i wanna be

yeah, oh yeah
love me, love me sweet cowardice - now that the thrill is mine for the moment
we really didn't need another suicide - or a song explaining why, but it's not dignified
but i can't seem to kiss it goodbye
it burned like a cancer when the answer did occur to me

creep from the cradle, but a hero's what i wanna be
keep it moving people cause there's nothing more for you to see

i'm just a jerk, but a hero's what i wanna be
erase this disaster even faster than you came to see - a creep from the cradle and a hero driven wanna be
for your abuse, but not intended for internal use - i'm just a jerk , but a hero's what i wanna be  

 
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TELEVISION   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

she's signing autographs for hours -- the line is longer when you deal with amateurs
i've got some autographs of others - but a shirt that smells a little like her
once the bane of my perversion -- now she's on the television
turn it up turn it down
tune me in tune me out
bite my lip around the family -- they know her holiday and summer weekend face
she's got a lovely shitcom family - adopted one of every single race
put yourself in my position -- my ex is on the television
turn it up turn it down

tune me in tune me out
when you place your lips upon the screen - spark of which you've never seen
a volume knob controls the scream
turn it up turn it down

tune me in tune me out

turn it up turn it down

tune me in tune me out

 
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IN BETWEEN   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

in march i met my wonderlove - then lost her underneath the april showers
by may we worked out our difference - by june the petals were all plucked from flowers
in between my girl
and there is no other in this world, oh no
i am in between my girl
and it's gonna be a brighter day
if she'd get the nerve to stay
hey would you mind standing in for - i only need you for this weekday evening
saturday, i never knew you - sorry dear, you really need to understand that i am
in between my girl
and there is no other in this world, oh no
i am in between my girl
and it's gonna be a brighter day
if she'd get the nerve to stay
she always gives me the runaround -- she left me for a college boy
as sure as the world is round -- next semester she'll be back again
we're always off and on again - but for awhile i'll surely keep your number
in between my girl

and there is no other in this world, oh no

i am in between my girl

and it's gonna be a brighter day

if she'd get the nerve to stay
 
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KISS ME IDLE   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

roses dead in dirty water held up by the vase
once a gift good-bye but now remind me to replace
hardened petals bang the dresser when they fall away
kiss me idle
kiss me without make-up, leave no marks upon my chest
kiss me for no other reason then to give your eyes a rest
kiss me slow and leave me lifeless, let this all digest
kiss me idle
slowly, slowly, the longer it takes the better mistakes we end up stumbling on
i wouldn't want to leave upon your tongue a sour taste
leave it foiled and disappointed, wanting to be chased
a mouth that's open wide and speechless seems like such a waste
kiss me idle
one time lazy, another time dear, despite all your fears of outlasting my love
i can't afford the stubborn sleep on photographs of birthdays past
so close your eyes and catch your breath and i will wait right here
i tied my fingers to remind me to leave you every day
while my hair is growing white, the strings are turning gray
one by one they come undone until they fall away
kiss me idle
kiss me idle

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HEADLINES   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

i met a girl with bottles of wine - though i prefer red, they tasted all right
very soon, the room was spinning - tug of war, the floor was winning
that's when she said, i can't help but laugh when i'm caught in a lie
i'm not who you thought, but you can kiss me good night
her mouth was full of dirty words
then cigarettes burned afterwards, that's when she said
having a headline must be some experience
having a headline's a sexual experience
letters and postcards i meant to respond -- turned out my all was just medium
then came one that said the only thing you ever gave were bad directions
i'd say it to your face but i can't find you
having a headline must be some experience
having a headline's a sexual experience
i loved the fame and fashion till she said you better ration the good times
i wouldn't count on the good times
having a headline must be some experience
having a headline's a sexual experience

 

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THE F WORD   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

i've got to get arrested to keep you interested
i should have known that i can't change the world by staring at it
my arms have little feeling from lifting to the ceiling
a recipe for stealing hearts i have no power in healing
and i suppose the jesus pose is tired and superficial, lame
i wrote a song, i'm moving on, i'm praying you can do the same
i'm changing my direction making a correction
oh my god, i've dodged the unexpected bullets behind accolades and
shake your head of leisure get your head and body into seizure
and battle with whoever hides assault disguised as dancing
this rotting phase of hands that raise, bumping heads that pass each other
it's a boring phase, so part the wave and drop the dead as driftwood surfer
another song, it all went wrong, the radio refused to play it
i'm not afraid to serenade, the f word saved and sucked the life from me
i've got to get arrested to keep you interested
 
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GENERATIONS   [written by Brian Vander Ark & A.J. Dunning]

i awoke to a threat that was empty, and a grandstand of i'm not through with you yet
a slamming door becomes my punctuation
i escape for a thrill ride with my friends, they agree to be temporary guardians
man, it's so appreciated, summer day intoxicated
with those who can relate, 2 months, a day, a wakeup
drink it down, dear brother, their generation smothers you
and we'll leave no trail to discover
build a callus sister, they're generation blisters
another wakeup with the morning hung over, we gonna pack up or waste another killer day
then our heads exploded, overload when we decide
hello... we're so out of here, hitchhike to Canada with backpacks full of cigarettes and beer
man, it's so appreciated, summer day intoxicated
with those who can relate, 2 months, a day, a wakeup
drink it down, dear brother...
listen up dear father, your generation bothers me and i'll leave you to grieve
with my mother
build a callus sister, they're generation blisters
now empty your bottles and open the throttles, there's plenty of fighting ahead
those fists weren't made for resting your head
shield your eyes, dear mother, from the pain that hovers
round the mess of a man you've uncovered
drink it down, dear brother...
we'll blister
 
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HALF A MIND   [Written by Brian Vander Ark]

 

sometimes i wish we had a short term memory just enough to recognize each other's face
it would be the same old stories but you're hanging onto every single word i have to say
and to the world i'm not that clever but you would stay with me forever
i'd keep your friends from reminding, reminding you to
save yourself, leave me behind you would if you had half a mind
i'd tell you every day's your birthday and every gift i bring could be the same
or how i stood beside you at a shotgun wedding and the child we once would love but never came
hearing stories that were never you would stay with me forever
but i'd forget to make money and you'd forget to
save yourself, leave me behind you would if you had half a mind (how vulnerable you are)
write a note to remind you you would if you had half a mind (how effortless to stay together)
for these ties you may have severed now you'll stay with me forever
and so you write on your forehead, or better yet you engrave
so when you look in the mirror, well you won't forget to
save yourself, leave me behind you would if you had half a mind (how vulnerable you are).
write a note to remind you you would if you had half a mind (how effortless to stay together)
if we had no memory whatsoever we would stay right here forever

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SHE HAS FACES   [Written by Donny Brown]
 

she has faces up in her bedroom and they gaze down on her

guarding her slumber
a black bead rosary under her pillow and when it thunders

she clutches it tightly
and she hears silence is white, sound is black, the world is wrapped in a paper sack
and when i leave i close the door

to this galaxy of yours
dropping by i open a window - as the breeze blows in

the curtains are butterflies
and we hear the church bells ring out on a hill and all of their echoes left us singing
silence is black, the room is bright, our world is basking in tv light
and we are laid out on the floor

of this galaxy of yours
with all of your heroes waiting in paper piles laid on the floor
i push my paintbrush lightly and fill in any empty nail holes
a dresser top, a jewelry box, colored tassels tied in knots
and a porcelain girl danced a music box ballet for us
and your nightlight is a star, or a firefly,

that leads my gaze up to the ceiling
wondering if you think that it's the sky
with all of your heroes waiting in paper piles laid on the floor

i push my paintbrush lightly and fill in any empty nail holes...

open the window slightly, pick up paper off the floor
i hold my paintbrush tightly, and fill in any empty nail holes
open the window slightly

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LA LA   [Written by Brian Vander Ark and Donny Brown]

with everyone around us singing la la we slid out of their view
then you thought you heard me singing la la but I don't have the strength to
and from the moment that i give out we begin to live out
scenes from all romantic prose while tethered to the roles
or what was meant disguised as sentiment could hang
misunderstood and left unanswered
your eyes tell me i have what i wanted haunted as i hold you
nervous slacking with the lacking heartache no heartbreak when i told you
and though i never did surrender could you please remember
if and when we meet again we once were more than friends
embarrassed me but would you share a scene and kiss me
one last time before i leave you
and though i won't surrender i want you to remember
if and when we meet again we'll still be more than friends
grant me this it could seem frivolous, but kiss me
one last time before i leave you
you've got all my loving in a tangle that i could never undo
and you will never hear me singing la la
i guess la la means i love you

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