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Empty Lives Lyrics

Artist: Graham Parker
Album: The Up Escalator

This one has bunch of chords that are easy to play if
the capo is at 4. Chords mapped out as if they were open.

Intro Em Cmaj7 Em Cmaj7

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
I'm just a tick in a box on a questionnaire
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
another moment that flashes into nowhere
Esus4 Em Cmaj7 C
a brand name on a pill that get's you there, ah ah ah ah

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
I'm getting nothing and expecting oblivion
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
the past aint even worth livin in
Esus4 Em Cmaj7 C D7
its just a nail that keeps being driven in ah ah ah ah

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
I'm cold blooded and completely relaxed
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
I'm breaking legs and avoiding the facts
Esus4 Em Cmaj7 C
on the up escalator going down all the cracks, yeah ah ah ah ah

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
You are the dummies of another frightened nation
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
I am a candidate for elevation
Em Dsus4 C
but when i woke up this morning I'd lost all sensation
D7
all sensation

Em C Am
So get them, get him, but don't get me
Bm Em C
ah uh ah ah can't hear your cries
Am Bm C
so don't get me to fill up your empty lives
Em Cmaj7 Em
i i i i ives Empty lives
Cmaj7 Em Cmaj7 Em Cmaj7
Your empty lives Empty lives

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
Be obedient, there is no escape
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
Forms to fill, time to kill love death and rape
Esus4 Em Cmaj7 C
Sleep baby sleep, don't let nothing awaken you ahhhhhhhh

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
Don't look for tomorrow, it's given you the slip
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
that's all contained on a silicon chip
Em Dsus4 C
I'm losing shape for the eighties feeling everybody's grip slip
D7
everybody's grip slip

Em C Am
So get them, get him, but don't get me
Bm Em C
ah uh ah ah can't hear your cries
Am Bm C
so don't get me to fill up your empty lives
Em D
i i i i ives Empty lives

C
Just there waiting to be filled
D
with someone else's stronger will
Am C
Just can't reason to survive with empty empty
D
you got the empty empty, You got the empty empty, empty lives!

Yeah! (solo)

Esus4 Em Cmaj7
Bring me water, bring me cocaine
Esus4 Em Cmaj7
Bring me something lethal, something that leaves a stain
Em Dsus4 C
But please don't make me feel that emptiness again
D7
Feel the emptyness again

Em C Am
So get them, get him, but don't get me
Bm Em C
ah uh ah ah get fat it's your size but
Am Bm C
don't get me to fill up your empty
Am Bm C
don't get me to fill up your empty
Am Bm C
don't get me to fill up your empty lives
Em Cmaj7 Em
i i i i i i i ives Your empty lives

Cmaj7 Em
Your empty lives

repeat andfade with ad libbing on "don't get me" to end on chorus
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