"Running Out Of Ink" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
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
Disappointed 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


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"Running Out of Ink" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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  • +2
    General CommentWow, a good song. It's about an artist (maybe the singer himself?) who wishes he was a great writer/painter/song writer/musician. He tries experimenting with musical styles and songs (and when he's told that it's not good he claims it's not his) and then made a huge blunder which cost him his artistic/musical career.

    He can't write decent songs anymore, he can't recapture the same success that he had, he's running out of ink to write with (because he's so poor) and one day he throws his work into the river in a bag, and secretly wishes that he was the bag and is in such a hole that he could die. Depressingly funny.
    Occams_Harmonyon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlso, he used to have a girlfriend who would tell him secrets about herself, but then he used her life's details (probably embarrassing ones) as song materials because he was so short on creativity. And so his girlfriend leaves him.
    Occams_Harmonyon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh and he tries to make sappy love songs but he doesn't even know what love is, and the lyrics suck so he gives up, and when he tries to call his girlfriend, she calls the police and he's an alcoholic because he has no girlfriend, his friends all think he's a crap artist, and he can't write or anything, he's poor and he can't go anywhere. Wow, three posts.
    Occams_Harmonyon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to be a little less literal than the above...I think "running out of ink" is a metaphor for writer's block. And the writer's block is caused or compounded by fame, and all the expectations that go with it, and the pressure to live up to those expectations, and maybe the knowledge that people will actually hear what you're saying, so you'd better be careful. (Because when you're not it can do serious damage to a relationship!)

    I think there's a bit of nostalgia for the days of being new and unestablished and "the next big thing" like the band in the first verse.
    gravity_defianton February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone (probably Paige himself) who isn't going to be happy until he's the best (I wished that it was me), and then he soon is the best, and immediately has regrets because he kind of sold himself out and is once again wishing he were different (I wished it wasn't me).

    Two small things I also liked in the song were the part where he throws the bag off the bridge and then, naturally, wishes he wouldn't have. When he says, "I wish that I could swim, I wish that I could drink", it makes me think that he's thinking of ways to get the bag back: one being to swim down and get it, two being to drink all of the water out of the lake so that he could just walk over and get the bag. I don't know if that's anywhere near the intented meaning of these lyrics, but I think it's hilarious.

    I also like the play on words of something "driving a man to drink" from "drinking and driving"
    historybuffon August 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like it when Tyler says "I quit" at the beginning, though it's kind of random.
    historybuffon October 02, 2008   Link

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