running out of ink lyrics – barenaked ladies

i stopped into a club
i thought i’d see a show
everyone was there
at least everyone i know
their knickers in a knot
their hands upon their heart
the best they’d ever seen
the greatest work of art
i wished that it was me….

it’s bleaker than you think
i’m running out of ink
give a guy a break
this is what it takes
to drive a man to drink

a party at a friend’s
toronto’s coolest scene
i thought i’d bring a tape
to show them where i’d been
and listen for a while
the lyrics made them smile
they said that it was fine
although it’s not the style
i said it wasn’t me

once upon a time
i couldn’t get enough
until i made it big
and that’s when it got rough
dissapointed now
perhaps a bit surprised
to look them in the face
and see it in their eyes
they wish it wasn’t me

it’s bleaker than you think
i’m running out of ink
give a guy a break
this is what it takes
to drive a man to drink

i used to hold you close
you used to tell me things
you never told a soul
until you heard me sing
the details of your life
condensed into a song
the neighbor and his wife
work out and sing along
and you can’t look at me

it’s bleaker than you think
i’m running out of ink
give a guy a break
this is what it takes
to drive a man to drink

could song be an alibi
a lyric replacement for falling in love
but now that the well is dry
i can’t understand what i’ve been singing of…

do you know what it is to love?
to really love?
to really love….
do i?

i cycled by your house
i saw you on the lawn
i see you all the time
now that you are gone
i tried to call your name
but something made me stop
i call you once a day
until you call the cops
and told them it was me

i filled a plastic bag
with everything i wrote
i threw it off a bridge
and thought that it would float.
the water made it sink
the bag was bleeding ink.
i wished that i could swim
i wished that i could drink
i wished that it was me.

it’s bleaker than you think
i’m running out of ink
give a guy a break
this is what it takes
to drive a man to drink
i’m running out of ink
give a guy a break
this is what it takes
to drive a man to drink
to drive a man to drink
to drive a man to drink

/ barenaked ladies lyrics