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Everything to Everyone

  1. Celebrity
  2. Maybe Katie
  3. Another Postcard
  4. Next Time
  5. For You
  6. Shopping
  7. Testing 1,2,3
  8. Upside Down
  9. War on Drugs
  10. Aluminum
  11. Unfinished
  12. Second Best
  13. Take it Outside
  14. Have You Seen My Love?
  15. Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!*

*(found on DVD in Special Edition)


"The tone of the record, though, is about how dangerous it is to separate yourself form those around you and the world at large."
-- Steve Page ("Barenaked Ladies: Everything Counts" VH1.com)

Released: October 21, 2003
Producer: Ron Aniello

After an extended time off (their first real break from touring), the band came out with an album that for the first time included all of the members in the song writing process: "This time, we took about eight to 10 months off, and everyone brought songs to the table and we sort of fine-tuned it from there" (Tyler).

To coinside with the release of ETE, the Ladies are planning an "intimate and interactive tour" that will hit smaller venues titled "The Peep Show Tour." The tour is unique because the band is going to play ETE in its entiretly and the goal over the course of the the tour is to play every song they've every written.

Reprise was so excited when the Ladies finally completed ETE that they made up for the time off by releasing three versions of the album: regular edition, limited edition, and special edition. The regular release just album with no bonus tracks. The limited edition has 3 extra tracks which are acoustic versions of "Another Postcard," "Maybe Katie," and "Second Best." The special edition has a cardboard sleeve with different artwork. It also includes a DVD with the album in surrond sound, video of performances of 11 acoustic songs, and links to "internet" bonus clips. The acoutsic recordings come from a session towards the end of the album: according to Tyler, "While we were mixing, where we set up acoustically and just played these songs and recorded them without any overdubs or anything... kind of back to our acoustic roots."

Due to a mistake at Reprise, early editions of the album read Everything for Everyone. No word how many mistakes were printed and released.

Quotes from Cohen, Johnathan. "Barenaked Ladies endure misspelling, hit the road." Billboard.com: October 09, 2003.



Celebrity
(Hearn/Page/Robertson)

Don't call me a zero
I'm going to be a hero
Like Phil Esposito or the Kennedys
I'll be incorporated and I'll be imitated
And overrated but that doesn't bother me
All the jaws'll drop
And all the girls will scream
And there will be commotion when I show up on the scene
All that you will see is a celebrity
All that you will see is a celebrity

When I'm riding in my limo
I won't look out the window
Might make me homesick for humanity
There's nowhere that I can't go
And there's nobody I don't know
And there's an emptiness that's eating me
All the clocks will stop
And all the jeans will cream
It has always been my one and only dream
All that's left of me is my celebrity
All that's left of me is my celebrity

Leave your heart
Lay down your art
You're here for the party
Smile and wave
Try to behave
Be happy that they've
Made you a celebrity

I could disapper into the great unknown
And it would wear my face as if it were its own
And all that you will see is a celebrity
All that's left of me is my celebrity
I will get in first and I will get in free
All that's left of me is my celebrity



Maybe Katie
(Creeggan/Page/Robertson)

What's so maybe about
What's so maybe about
What's so maybe about Katie?

What's the use in hesitating?
Can't you see that Katie's waiting?
Just because her youth is fading
Doesn't mean she's not worth dating.

What's so maybe about
What's so mabye about
What's so maybe about Katie?

I don't know
What the fuss is all about
Just take it slow
It's not like you can't live without her
To and fro if you've got a shred of doubt
Then it's not worth it

What's so maybe about
What's so mabye about
What's so maybe about Katie?

Can't you see her with her arms wide open?
She's everything that you've been hoping for
Forever's not so long, stop moping
She's got a daughter and your're just not coping

Do you know everyone you ever swore you'd love for life? I don't know them anymore
I know their names, I'd recognize them on the street
And I don't love them

What's so maybe about
What's so mabye about
What's so maybe about Katie?



Another Postcard
(Page/Robertson)

You can't imagine so many monkeys in the daily mail
All of them coming anonymously so they leave no trail
I never thought I'd have an admirer from overseas
But someone is sending me stationary filled with chimpanzees

Some chimps in swimsuits, some chimps are swinging from a vine
Some chimps in jackboots, some chimps that wish they could be mine
Starsky and Hutch chimps, a chimp who's sitting on the can
A pair of Dutch chimps who send their love from Amsterdam

Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me

If I had to guess, I'd say the monkey-sender thinks it's great
He's sending me, maybe she's sending me just to see me get irate
I'm losing sleep - and it's gonna be keeping me up all night
I thought it was funny, but now I've got money on a monkey figh

Some chimps in hard hats, chimps are working on a chain gang
Some chimps who love cats, burning rubber in a Mustang
A birthday-wishing chimp, a chimp in black like a goth
A goin' fishin' chimp, a British chimp in the bath

Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me

Somehow they followed me even though I packed and moved my home
No matter what, they come and they come they won't leave me alone
Another monkey in the mail could make me lose my mind
But look at me shuffling through the stack until I finally find

Some chimps in swimsuits
Some chimps in Jackboots
Some chimps in hard hats
Some chimps who love cats
I've got some shaved chimps; that's chimps devoid of any hair
I've got depraved chimps dressed up in women's underwear

Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me
Every one is every one is every one is addressed to me
Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me.(x4)



Next Time
(Creeggan/Hearn/Page/Robertson)

You can always get it right next time, next time
You can always get it right next time, next time

You can count on me
To mess it up
You can count on me
To let you down again
And in time you'll see
That I'm your only friend

You can always get it right next time, next time
You can always get it right next time, next time

Comfort in community
Obliterated
Given opportunity I hesitated
Even my humilty's
Humiliated
You can always get it right next time, next time

When you die they make a list
Of every love you never kissed
Of each regret and each mistake
Every choice you failed to make

You can always get it right next time, next time
You can always get it right next time, next time

It's a shame I have to wait
Until the ending
Everything I've yet to break
Is surely bending
Every vow I ever take
Is just pretending
That this mess I make
Is worth defending

You can always get it right next time, next time
You can always get it right next time, next time



For You
(Page/Robertson)

I have set aside everything I love
I have saved everything else for you
I cannot decide what this doubt's made of
Though I've thought over it through and through

In a book in a box hight up on a shelf
In a locked and guarded vault
Are the things I keep only for myself
It's your fate, but it's not your fault

And for every useless reason I know
There's a reason not to care
If I hide myself wherever I go
Am I ever really there?

There is nowhere else I would rather be
But I can't just be right here
An enigma wrapped in a mystery
Or a fool consumed by fear?

And for every useless reason I know
There's a reason not to care
If I hide myself wherever I go
Am I ever really there?

I will give you all I could ever give
Though it's less than you will need
Could you just forget if you can't forgive
All the things I cannot concede?

And for every useless reason I know
There's a reason not to care
If I hide myself wherever I go
Am I ever really there?



Shopping
(Hearn/Page/Robertson)

Well you know it's going to be all right
I think it's going to be all right
Everything will be all right
When we go shopping
Well you know that it's going to be all right
When we go shopping

It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Let the shopping spree begin
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Everybody wins

So shut up
And never stop
Let's shop
Until we drop

Well you know it's going to be all right
I think it's going to be all right
Everything will be all right
When we go shopping

It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Let the shopping never end
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Shopping with our friends
Shopping once again

It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala

It's never enough
Until you've got all the stuff
When the going gets rough
Just shop with somebody tough

Well you know it's going to be all right
I think it's going to be all right
Everything will be all right
When we go shopping
Well you know it's going to be all right
I think it's going to be all right
Everything will be all right
When we go shopping

It's always
lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
When we go shopping
When we go shopping
When we go shopping

It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala
It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala



Testing 1,2,3
(Page/Robertson)

Maybe it would be fun to get a new opinion
Get a little work done and forget
Maybe it would be cool if I rocked it old school
Try to break a gold rule and a sweat
Better than the first time, better than the worst time
If I could just reverse time
I'd be set

Testing 1-2-3 can anybody hear me? If I
Shed the irony would everybody cheer me
If I acted less like me would I be in the clear?

She got a new aprtment out on the escarpment
In her glove compartment are my songs
She hasn't even heard them since she found out what the words meant
She decided she preferred them all wrong
Kind of like the last time, with a bunch of really fast rhymes
If we're living in the past I'm
Soon gone

Testing 1-2-3 can anybody hear me? If I
Shed the irony would everybody cheer me
If I acted less like me would I be in the clear?

We recognize the present is half as pleasant
As our nostalgia for
A past that we resented
Recast and reinvented
Until it's how we meant it

He's everything that you need
He wiped out on your tenspeed
And either he will succeed or just suck

Testing 1-2-3 can anybody hear me? If I
Shed the irony would everybody cheer me
If I acted less like me would I be in the clear?



Upside Down
(Page/Robertson)

I'm not surprised it's come to this
Sooner or later there must be another's kiss
Behind that kiss a promise of a life of bliss
Yeah, great - I won't be taking the bait
I'd rather drown
And I will not turn my whole life upside down

Imagine everything you've done
Under a microscope on view for everyone
And if the king of circumspection's here
He's come in vain - I won't be sharing the blame
I wear the crown
And I will not turn my whole life upside down

Nothing's good enough for me
To shake me from complacency
I've made my mind up and I'll never be...

The kind of man to make a choice
For I hold my tongue I'll never lose my voice
If each attempted act of sabotage destroys all hope
I won't be needing the rope I'm gagged and bound
And I will not turn my whole life upside down

And if the genie was set free
And by the laws of things like that, he's indebted to me
I'd bury my three wishes deep down in the ground
So they will not turn my whole life upsdie down

Though I appreciate the aim
Tell Andy Warhol's ghost that he can keep his game
I'd only use it to make everything the same again
So don't applaud 'til the end when I'm not around
'Cause I will not turn my whole life upside down

Nothing's good enough for me
To shake me from complacency
I've made my mind up - I won't make a sound
And I will not turn my whole life upside down
I will not turn my whole life upside down



War on Drugs
(Page/Robertson)

She likes to sleep with the radio on
So she can dream of her favourite song
The one that no one has every sung
Since she was small
She'll never know that she made it up
She had a sould and we ate it up
Thrown away like a paper cup, the music fails

The only flaw in her detailed plan
Is where she wins back the love of her man
Everyone knows that he's never coming back
He took her heart and she took his name
He couldn't stand taking all the blame
He left her only with guilt and shame and then she cracked

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?

In the dream I refuse to have
She falls asleep in a lukewarm bath
We're left to deal with the aftermath again
On behalf of humanity
I will fight for your sanity
How profound such profanity can be

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?
Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

Near where I live there's a viaduct
Where people jump when they're out of luck
Raining down on the cars and trucks below
They've put up a net there to catch their fall
Like that'll stop anyone at all
What they don't know is when nature calls you go

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us compnany?

Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
What good is that when you live in Hell on Earth?
The very feart that makes you want to die
Is the same as what keeps you alive
It's more trouble than your suicide is worth

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us compnany?
Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?

Hard to admit I fought the war on drugs
My hands were tied and the phone was bugged
Another died and the world just shrugged it off

I had written the song thinking about the guilt that makes people want to kill themselves, and the guilt that also makes them not do it. Itís about the anger and the shame and the absolute helplessness. -- bnlblog.com



Aluminum
(Page/Robertson)

Have in every visible way you shine
As if the stars in your wake align
Almost impossible to malign
But just below where you shine you burn
Although I know it, I never learn
Just goes to show that I can't discern

Aluminum to me
Aluminium to some
You can shine like silver all you want
But you're just Aluminum

Illuminating just what you want to show
You'll never rust, but I'll never know
You can't be trusted; I can't let go

Aluminum to me
Aluminium to some
You can shine like silver all you want
But you're just Aluminum

Every time you're here I forget
When you leave, you leave only regret
Every time you're near I forget
Everything

You're so lightweight, how can your suvive
Recycling moments from other's lives?
You're not as precious as you contrive

Aluminum to me
Aluminium to some
You can shine like silver all you want
But you're just Aluminum



Unfinished
(Hearn/Page/Robertson)

I left a tip, but it was never a donation
I took a trip, but it was never avacation
I took a seat, but I refused to take a number
And so, defeated, I proceeded unencumbered

I took her hand, but it was not in matrimony
I told my side, but it was never testimony
I turned and ran after ignoring my miranda
I hid, she sought and caught me under the veranda

I'd say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of attention span

Spanning all the ages
And turning all the pages
The history of me is incomplete

Everything is un
Everything is unfin
Everything is unfinished

I played along, but it was not for recreation
I left my home, but it was not evacuation
I made a pact that I would finish what I started
I admit the fact I was distracted and outsmarted

I'd say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of attention span

Everything is un
Everything is unfin
Everything is unfinished



Second Best
(Hearn/Page/Robertson)

Everything's a lie
We're all going to die
Before we say goodbye
Let's attack

I admit it's bleak
But I give it a week
Until our friends the meek
Give it back

Is it true?
Well, it's true enough, I guess
Join the chorus of the second best
Second best
Second best

What's left of you that's real?
A mutated ideal
With limited appeal, I suggest
If winning is an art
Then it's drawn us apart
When you erased your heart and beat your chest

Is it you?
Well, it's you enough, I guess
You're an angel in a see-through dress
Is it true?
Yes, it's true enough I guess
Sometimes it's better to be second best
Second best
Second best

Perhaps it's just as well
That I still look like hell
At least the world can tell us apart

Is it true?
Yes, it's true enough I guess
Come join the chorus of the unimpressed
Is it true?
Yes, it's true enough I guess
Sometimes it's better to be second best
Second best
Second best



Take it Outside
(Page/Robertson)

Oh I watch it all go down
Closed eyes; pretend no one's around
So I choose the play the clown
Or blow by and never make a sound

Any other guy
Would want to take it outside, but I'd
Never even try
Who wants to get their lights knocked out?
Any other guy
Would want to stir it up some, but I'd
Rather say goodbye

Hardly know what anything's for
Just for show, I'm slamming the door
Even so, my heart and my head
Are an open book

Any other guy
Would want to take it outside, but I'd
Never even try
Who wants to get their lights knocked out?
Any other guy
Would wnat to stir it up some, but I'd
Rather say goodbye



Have You Seen My Love?
(Page/Robertson)

Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my little girl
Oh have you seen my love?

All that I want is to be your friend
'Cause you're the only friend I've ever known
All that I need is our love - we agreed
That the two of us wouldn't be alone

In these faded old photographs
You can see how we smiled
I became a man in your arms
Now I'm helpless as a child

Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my little girl
Oh have you seen my love?
There was a dream that we both used to share
And we swore we would never wake
Now the dream's a nightmare, and the truth, to be fair
Is that dreaming was the first mistake

Though we share the shame memories
And I swear that's her face
Did you bury the woman I love
And fall asleep in her space?

Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my love?
Have you seen my little girl
Oh have you seen
Oh have you seen my love?



Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!
(Hearn/Page/Robertson)

Enough is enough is enough is enough is enough is enough is enough again
I called your bluff 'cause you think you're so tough
Because you can make enemies out of friends
I am getting sleepy; I'm in your command
Yes yes yes I understand
Yes yes yes I understand

Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again
The experts concur so we're sure it occurred
We infer the sword is mighter than the pen
You are in Atlanta
I am in a band
Yes yes yes I'm in a band
Yes yes yes I understand

A fact is a fact is a fact is a fact is a fact is a fact to misunderstand
And all the detractors who question the cracks
Have been asked to retract or face reprimand
You are always lying
I am on the lam.
Yes yes yes I understand
Yes yes yes I understand

Repetition of suspicion
Takes a lie and makes it true

Nearer and nearer and nearer and nearer and nearer and nearar to our demise
The fear we adhere to appears to be steering
Our ears to where we're only hearing lies
With us or against us
The link is in the sand
Yes yes yes I understand
Yes yes yes I understand
Repetition of suspicion
Takes a lie and makes it true