The Verve Pipe - Underneath
Released: September 25, 2001
Sid Flips Music O/B/O LMNOPop! Music/EMI April Music, Inc.  / Hess Street Music / Awkward Paws Music / Universal Publishing (ASCAP)

Only Words  //  Never Let You Down  //  I Want All of You  //  Miles Away  //  Happiness Is...
Medicate Myself  //  Gotta Move On  //  Local Boys  //  Colorful  //  Wonderful Waste  //  Underneath
 

ONLY WORDS   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

through evidence of circumstance -- you held me to a second chance
feigning interest so sincere -- curse the days iíve wasted here
all the words that you waste debating -- every word so intimidating
i can let a lot of things that you say go -- i could never let another day go
all the words that evaporated -- every word so intimidating
iíll never make mention of it if you say so -- but i could never let another day go by
definitions you have missed -- punctuated by your fist
feigning interest out of fear -- i curse the days iíve wasted here
all the words that you waste debating -- every word so intimidating
i can let a lot of things that you say go -- i could never let another day go
all the words that evaporated
every word so intimidating -- iíll never make mention of it if you say so
but i could never let another day go by -- surprise yourself with every word
itís so absurd -- all the words...
all the words that you punctuated -- every word so intimidating
i can let a lot of things that you say go -- i could never let another day go
all the years that evaporated -- all the tears that i tolerated
iíll never make mention of it if you say so -- but i could never let another day go by
 
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NEVER LET YOU DOWN   [written by Donny Brown]

iím trying to keep my feet on the ground -- iím getting to like this feeling iíve found
iím getting to love the thought of having you around and
i will never let you down
your friends were all well-meaning -- when they said no one is good enough for you
but if they play with your emotions -- dismiss the notion
and do what you have to do
cause people donít take chances with their hearts -- since iíve met you i am past the hardest part
so remember one thing -- i will never let you down
iím trying to keep my feet on the ground -- i'm getting to like this feeling i've found

i'm getting to love the thought of having you around and

i will never let you down
sometimes you feel defeated - but itís ok... - youíre not the only one
and all the complications, the bad situations - happen to everyone
it doesnít matter how it ended or began -- sometimes the best that you can do is change your plans
i hope you understand that
i will never let you down
iím trying to keep my feet on the ground -- i'm getting to like this feeling i've found

i'm getting to love the thought of having you around and

i will never let you down...
 

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I WANT ALL OF YOU   [written by Donny Brown & Adam Schlesinger]

i want all of you -- i want all of you
from your feet up to your mouth -- every inch of north and south
iíll keep calling you -- iíll keep calling you
wonít you listen to me say -- donít you ever go away
will you wait for me? -- will you wait for me?
iíll be waiting here for you -- anything that i can do
will you think of me? -- will you think of me?
whisper words into your ears -- i will never bring you tears
i want all of you
(ah ah ah ah...)
you are everything -- you are everything
from your elbows to your lips -- down your arms to fingertips
iíll be waiting here -- iíll be waiting here
in the rain and bright sunshine -- wonít you say that youíll be mine
you are in my heart -- you are in my heart
from the dusk into the light -- every day and every night
i want all of you
(ah ah ah ah...)
and when i see you smile -- you can make the darkest day worthwhile
and when you look my way -- i need you to believe me when i say
i want all of you
(ah ah ah ah...)
i love all of you -- i love all of you
from your fingers to your toes -- from your knees up to your nose
iíll be here for you -- iíll be here for you
anytime and any place -- just to see your pretty face
you are everything -- you are everything
in my night and through my day -- would you listen to me say
iím in love with you -- i am in love with you
i am in love with you...

 
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MILES AWAY   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

today was a great day - i said but i meant
today was the worst day iíve ever spent
iím trying to be what you want me to be - so youíll settle down
stop driving me into the ground
well it might be how you fight me till iím shattered - i would leave you but to leave you wouldnít matter
so beneath you, underneath you i am right here
miles away
today was a strange day - i meant what i said
today was the first day that i looked ahead
and if i could be what you want me to be - would you let me down
stop driving me into the ground
well it might be how you fight me till iím shattered - i would leave you but to leave you wouldnít matter
so beneath you, underneath you, i am right here,
miles away
can i have your attention, have your respect - we all need redemption, some more or less
now you fight me satellite me till iím shattered - i would leave you but to leave you wouldnít matter
so beneath you, underneath you i am right here
miles away
or it may be how you play me till iím shattered - i defend it and pretend it doesnít matter
if you need me then believe me iíll be right here
miles away
 

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HAPPINESS IS...   [written by Donny Brown]

the world is giving you the run-around - and leaves you feeling low and let down but
happiness is... wherever you find it
iím not waiting for a friend beside me -- or for the lord above to guide me
my happiness is... wherever i find it
And i wanna find it with you
have you ever felt so out of place - that the smile on your face
was to keep from cryiní
i donít know how we get so out of touch - but i donít want much, just to find out
what happiness is...
while everybody else is winning - youíre stuck waiting for your new beginning
so happiness is... wherever you find it
you may be full of lifeís frustrations - but iím up for negotiations
my happiness is... wherever i find it
and i wanna find it with you
have you ever felt so out of place - that the smile on your face
was to keep from cryin'
i don't know how we get so out of touch - but i don't want much, just to find out
what happiness is...
if you got your lucky break and broke it - i guess youíve got your options open
but happiness is... wherever you find it...yeah
and i wanna find it with you
have you ever felt so out of place - that the smile on your face
was to keep from cryiní
i donít know how we get so out of touch - but i donít want much
just to keep on tryiní
people say a prayer every day - that they end up with more than their next door neighbor
iím not buying all their ego trips - but iíll get my kicks
when i find out
what happiness is ...
 
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MEDICATE MYSELF   [written by Donny Brown]

 
i hear you cryiní for me - but i see the anger in your eyes
i want what will not judge me - i need what keeps me warm inside
a man without a purpose - stares from the mirror on the wall
you think you know my problems
i think that you donít know me at all
i donít believe i suffer - disease as you proclaim
and i donít believe that i should kneel and hang my head in shame
held prisoner by a monkey - strapped on behind my back
and while i sit ablaze - the light is slowly fading
into the black
so i...
iíve got to medicate myself again
iíve got to medicate myself again
iíve got to medicate myself again
cuz you donít need me hanging Ďround -- one more drink and i will be drowned
i know you hate to see me - as i defeat myself this way
you know you canít control me - you know iím slipping day by day
down into my obsession -- down in the hole where i belong
and when the fight is over - you will stay right here
and i will be gone
so i...
iíve got to medicate myself again
iíve got to medicate myself again
iíve got to medicate myself again

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GOTTA MOVE ON   [written by Donny Brown]

love is not strong -- love is not stable -- i tried to hold it - but i wasnít able
i never thought that iíd be saying this to you
but what else could i do?
love leads to loss -- and words condescending -- love is the pathway - to unhappy endings
and if i keep my chin up - i still see clouds that look like you
so look down is what i do
you know itís all right - if you cry a little
if something inside you - has died a little
you donít have to hide - but you gotta move on
you gotta move on
love leads to tears - tears lead to sadness - sadness to memories - memories to madness
i never thought of all these things that love could be
but look what it did to me
you know itís all right - if you cry a little
if something inside you - has died a little
you donít have to hide - but you gotta move on
you gotta move on
 
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LOCAL BOYS   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

tonight i took a snapshot, guess i got a tender spot -- thatíll never change
i got brand new strings, someone waiting in the wings -- and thatíll never change
and itís good to be home tonight - yeah, itís good to be you and me
i got nowhere to go after the show -- but thatís all right, yeah thatís all right by me
no cop no stop cruising to the corner shop -- thatíll never change
park near the backstage pass a lot of underage -- thatíll never change
and itís good to be home tonight - yeah, itís good to be guaranteed
thereís nowhere to go after the show -- but thatís all right, yeah thatís all right by me
and i, i donít think you understand - I really didnít get a wristband
but could you let me in cause iím with the band
and itís good to be home tonight - yeah, itís good to be guaranteed
i got a place to crash after the bash - itís called home tonight and thatís all right by me
and all the kids sing boy we donít like what you became
since you made it well it isnít the same - but i guess thatís really typical of fame
 
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COLORFUL   [written by Brian Vander Ark]

the show is over close the story book - there will be no encore
and all the random hands that i have shook - well theyíre reaching for the door
i watch their backs as they leave single file - but you stood stubborn, cheering all the while
i know i can be colorful - i know i can be gray
but i know this loserís living fortunate - cause i know you will love me either way
most were being good for goodness sake - but you wouldnít pantomime
you are more beautiful when you awake - than most are in a lifetime
through the haze that is my memory well - you stayed for drama though you paid for a comedy
i know i can be colorful - i know i can be gray
but i know this loser's living fortunate - cause i know you will love me either way
look ahead as far as you can see - weíll live in drama but weíll die in a comedy
i know i can be colorful - i know i can be gray
but i know this loser's living fortunate - cause i know you will love me either way
 
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WONDERFUL WASTE   [Written by Brian Vander Ark & Adam Schlesinger]

 

well could you go any slower - youíre such a church goer
got the home field advantage - and all that you can manage
is to stay home drinking the thought of it is bringing me down...
could you go any faster  - the night is a disaster
cause you call with little warning  - gotta work in the morning
with a head thatís ringing  - the thought of it is bringing me down
weíve come this far and the worst case scenario -- weíre back in the car and cranking up the stereo
youíre a wonderful waste - memory erased - easily replaced
youíre a wonderful waste of time
youíre a slap on the wrist - youíll hardly be missed - give me one more kiss
youíre a wonderful waste of time
itís ten years later - youíre still a fornicator
got the home field advantage - all that kids that you can manage
and your trunk of returnables is weighing your convertible down
could you go any slower - youíre such a church goer
cause you call with little warning - gotta work in the morning
with a phone thatís ringing and the thought of it is bringing me down
weíve come this far and the worst case scenario -- weíre back in the car and cranking up the stereo
youíre a wonderful waste - memory erased - easily replaced
youíre a wonderful waste of time
youíre a slap on the wrist - youíll hardly be missed - give me one more kiss
youíre a wonderful waste of time
and all you can manage - the home field advantage
as long as youíre willing - to pay for the damage
weíve come this far and the worst case scenario -- weíre back in the car and cranking up the stereo
youíre a wonderful waste - memory erased - easily replaced
youíre a wonderful waste of time
youíre a wonderful waste of time
 

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UNDERNEATH   [Written by Brian Vander Ark]
 
among the crumpled tissues white like daisies fell like soldiers dead determined
i surrender
cd cases broken in a desperate chance to find the perfect ballad
to move you
fight with little purpose - only meaning to scratch the surface
itís not pretty underneath
there among debris - find casual in casualty
itís not pretty underneath
a bottle meant for two a glass thatís full of legs but free of any fingerprints
from you
a neighbor one time pounding on the wall now lulled to sleep by lowered voices
is waking
fight with little purpose - only meaning to scratch the surface
itís not pretty underneath
there among debris find casual in casualty
itís not pretty underneath
my eyes are on your hands iím helpless when iím looking at you
be very very careful not to
crack the seals of last yearís arguments they donít hold a candle to the one
this year
a disagreement used to be a speed bump on a highway going eighty
fight with little purpose - only meaning to scratch the surface
it's not pretty underneath
 

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