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Barenaked Ladies lyrics

Album: Maybe You Should Drive [1994]

Tracks12
 01  Jane
 02  Intermittently
 03  These Apples
 04  You Will Be Waiting
 05  A
 06  Everything Old Is New Again
 07  Alternative Girlfriend
 08  Am I the Only One?
 09  Little Tiny Song
 10  Life, in a Nutshell
 11  The Wrong Man Was Convicted
 12  Great Provider
all Barenaked Ladies lyrics



Jane
The girl works at the store sweet jane st. clair
Was dazzled by her smile while I shopped there
It wasn't long before I lived with her
I sang her songs while she dyed her hair

Chorus:
Jane, divided, but I can't decide what side I'm on
Jane decided only cowards stay, while traitors run
Jane, jane

I'd bring her gold and frankincense and myrrh
She thought that I was making fun of her
She made me feel I was fourteen again
That's why she thinks it's cooler if we'd just stay friends
Jane doesn't think a man could ever be faithful
Jane isn't giving me a chance to be shameful
Jane, jane
I wrote a letter, she should have got it yesterday
That life could be better by being together
Is what I cannot explain to jane
The girl works at the store, sweet jane st. clair
Was dazzled by her smile while I shoplift there
No promises as vague as heaven
No juliana next to my evan
Jane, desired by the people at the school and work
Jane is tired, 'cause every man becomes a lovesick jerk
Jane, janeback to top
Intermittently
Words & music by steven page

Someone somewhere has unglued our epoxy
And now I'm kissing you by proxy
Hope you don't mind
Somewhere someone is dreaming of me
Tries to love me, hope you don't mind

I love you
Intermittently
I love you intermittently

She's a lot like you but she don't look like you
Okay, she's not you
But she'll do fine
I got my life on hold just to avoid confrontation
But should I tell you to your face and
Risk my hide?

I love you
Intermittently
I love you intermittently

When immeasurably
Turns to intermittently
There's no use in going on
Except for fear of being wrong
Every morning I just hit the ground yawning...
Stick around if you enjoy disaster
'cause if you can't see what I'm after
You must be blind

I love you
Intermittently
I love you intermittently

Didn't have the heart to say goodbye
So I continued in my charlatan ways
Did I say heart?
I meant to say guts
Now I'm on my own and I'm sorry that you're goneback to top
These Apples
A friend brought me flowers, she said they were lilacs
But I've never been good with plants
Her next presentation, a new dictionary
She'd circled the word romance
So enthusiastic, a little bit drastic
I shaved her name in my head
And as she beheld it, she said I misspelled it;
Need more be said!

Chorus:
These apples are delicious!
As a matter of fact they are, she said
Can all this fruit be free?

She wrote me a letter as big as a phonebook
I've never been big on mail
I sent her a postcard from somewhere near lethebridge
And wondered if it still went by rail
I've never been frightened of being enlightened
But some things can go too far
Though sometimes I stammer and mix up my grammar,
You get what my meanings are

Chorus

I'm not trying to sing a love song -- I'm trying to sing in tune.
I know I am sometimes headstrong
Falling love, catching fire -- I want to be consumed
Wondering will I ever tire, will I ever tire!

Chorusback to top
You Will Be Waiting
As we walk together through the autumn, nearing winter
Through the dying leaves and trees we call our home and native land,
You say you don't believe a thing I say, I say you don't believe a thing
You say you can't believe how I don't understand

[Chorus:]
But I Know
That you will be waiting
Oh I know
That you will be waiting
Oh I know
You Will be waiting
Waiting there for me

You say you cannot live with me, you need your own identity
And now we air our laundry on national TV
And so you hate my arrogance, my smothering and sitting on the fence,
But I'm afraid of the hard permanence of letting you go free

[Chorus]

I'm so sick of fighting and that effigy you're lighting looks
An awful lot like whose name I just can't quite place
And though you say it's not supposed to be me or any entity
Still through the flames and smoke I see I recognize that face

[Chorus]

And you were someone who would
Always tell me things I don't know,
And tell me where to go
But there I'll always go
Whether or not you're waiting
I don't care if you'll be waiting
But please say that you will be waiting there for meback to top
A
Words & music by steven page

A is for angry, which is what you are at me
A is for adult, which is what I'll never be
A is for applesauce, my favorite meal
A is for adam, which is how I sometimes feel;
Like I'm the only man on earth, and I've forgotten what that's worth
A is for arthur, he's a lovable drunk
A m & azing, like thelonius monk
A is for argument, a is for apparent
A is for antagonism that's not even there and
It's just you begging for attention or something I won't even mention

Chorus:
And I don't even know why you keep on trying
Like I don't even know why I keep on lying
There are millions of people in worlds of their own
And two of them can't let go

A is for algebra, I learned it in school
A is what fonzie said, 'cause he was very cool
A is for adversary, a is for affection
A is arousal, you are giving me an erection
C'mon I'm trying to show affection for longer than a half an hour

Chorus

I met a woman I used to know
Long before you, long ago
All I could say, after hello
Was 'are you still single? '
A is for attitude I can't help but wield
A is for arrogance; emotional shield
A is for acting, a is for abhorrently
A is for asshole, which is what I am, how rude of me.
I owe you an apology I'm sorry

Chorusback to top
Everything Old Is New Again
Words & music by stephen duffy & steven page

Learn to lose, it's easier that way
We've paid our dues, but we can't make life pay
All across the world, people going mad
In their mother's cars, the kids are feeling sad
That's how it is, and I'll see you later

Everything old is new again
Everything under the sun
Now that I'm back with you again
We hug and we kiss
We sit and make lists
We drink and I bandage your wrists

Wasted youth -- there wasn't much to waste
Down to the bone, and still losing weight
With all the wishing in the world glistening in her eyes
But when I say I love her, she thinks I'm telling lies
Is it all lost? no, we never had it

Everything old is new again
Everything under the sun
All of our fears come true again

Recycle reuse
Resent and refuse
Our parent's ideals and view
She thinks the afterlife might just be where the action is
With high schools built like prisons, she can't find a way to live
Moved back home to fill the empty nest
Afraid to roam, in love with second best
While somewhere in the world, she's hosting her own show
And everyone she questions never seems to know
Who they are and where they are going

Everything old is new again
Everything under the sun
Now that I'm without you again
I wake up and eat
I go back to sleep
And let my nightmares repeat
All across the world, people going madback to top
Alternative Girlfriend
Words & music by stephen duffy & steven page

You're in an all-girl band
Your futon's second hand
Your parents understand but you don't care
I have a job in a shop
I'm an undercover cop
I make sure the customers aren't thieves
Old at being young
Young at being old
Everything's on hold within our evolution

Chorus:
You're my alternative girlfriend
I love you, and now you cannot pretend
There's nothing left that won't cross over

Last night we slept on the lawn
You woke up and I was gone
Back to the dream I dream to leave
My life with her is a bore
A worn-out metaphor
No more surprises up it's sleeve
We're old at being young
Young at being old
Everything's been sold to other's revolutions

Chorus

You live above your dad's four-car garage
With your vinyl and imaginary entourage
If I pull up in a u-haul, pack up quick
So we can get out of this town 'cause it makes me sick

Chorusback to top
Am I the Only One?
Words & music by ed robertson

Am I the only one who gets to make you laugh.,
Laugh until you cry?
Am I the only one who asks you to go,
Go on without me?
Am I the only one who loves when you leave
Your hair down in front of your eyes?

Chorus:
And who do you think I am?
And who do you think I'll be?
Without you?

Am I the only one who had to dress you up
To see how you fell down
Am I the only one who needs you to go,
Go on about me?
Am I the only one who loves when you leave
Your hair down in front of your eyes?

Chorusback to top
Little Tiny Song
Words & music by andrew creeggan

Hey I'm a cow, I'm curious
Hey watch me now, I'm furious
Hey I'm a cow, I'm full of hate
Hey watch me now, I'm on your plateback to top
Life, in a Nutshell
When she was three
Her barbies always did it on the first date
Now she's with me,
There's never any need for them to demonstrate
She's like a baby, I'm like a cat;
When we are happy, we both get fat and still
It's never enough, it's never enough,
It's never enough

Chorus:
But I don't tend to worry about the things that other people say,
And I'm learning that I wouldn't want it any other way
Call me crazy, but it really doesn't matter
All that matters to me is she

Her life, in a nutshell
No way would she want it to change me
It's not that easy 'cause
My time is often decided for me
For me

She memorized every pencil crayon colour in the box
Her blue-green eyes complement the burn sienna in her locks
She's at the movies, I'm on the phone;
When we're separated, we're never alone, but still
It's never enough, it's never enough,
No it's never enough

Chorus

I fell down
With no one there to catch me from falling
Then she came 'round
And only her tenderness stopped me from bawling my eyes out
I'm ok
And that's why
Her life, in a nutshell ...back to top
The Wrong Man Was Convicted
Words & music by stephen duffy & steven page

Who's lonely now?
Which one of us is suffering?
Who's in his cups? which one of us recovering?
Who likes to look at pictures and cries, but way too late?
Who doesn't want to change a thing, accepting it was fate?

Chorus:
The wrong man was convicted
You know I did the deed
I thought that you would wait for me
Your wants I needn't heed
The wrong man lies beside you
And waits for you to wake
And all because I lacked conviction,
The judgment's my mistake

Who's breathless now?
Who only hyperventilates?
Who'd die for you! who's dying inside anyway?
Which one of us is sunshine and which one's growing dim?
While two men dream of you at night, do you just dream of him?

Chorus

Who's lonely now?
Who's reaching out to no one?
Who's lonely now?
It takes one to know one
I changed my mind; you said that I could change it back
I wanted space, and now change has fallen through the cracks
If I'm again beside your body, don't tell me where it's been
It's cruel, unusual punishment to kiss fingerprinted skin

Chorus

It's my mistakeback to top
Great Provider
Words by steven page & ed robertson
Music by jim creeggan, steven page & ed robertson

You and I have been through this before
I owe you my whole life, nothing more
I never said that I liked you the most
You're my father, I'm your son, who's the holy ghost?
Where does the time go when it's not around here?
Here we stand at the edge of the drive
I'm just waiting for my ride to arrive
I wait to see if you've any last words
We pulled away, I called your name, I don't think you heard

Where does the time go when it's not around here?
I don't know
Where does the time go when it's not around here?

You and I never shared all that much
When I leave, I'll be all right, I'll keep in touch
As your road narrows, so mine grows wider
As I leave I turn and wave to the great provider

Where does the time go when it's not around here?
I don't know
Where does the time go when it's not around here?back to top
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