Barenaked Ladies - Why Say Anything Nice? Lyrics

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Why'd you put your dress shoes on if you didn't come to dance?
Frankly, I'd be on my own if I thought I'd stand a chance
Why'd you take your glasses off if you don't intend to fight?
Frankly, I'd be on my own if I thought I'd last the night

No screaming or fighting, no scratching or biting
We're just shaking hands goodnight
Sullen and silent, emotionally violent
I waited a while and nothing, nothing

Why say anything nice when you can say nothing at all?
Why say anything nice when you can say nothing at all?

Why'd you put your backpack on if you won't just take a hike?
Frankly, I'd be out the door if you hadn't sold my bike

No fencing or sparring, no bruising or scarring
And no 'au revoiring' yet
No communication, just alienation
I've tried to be patient but nothing, nothing

Why say anything nice when you can say nothing at all?
Why say anything nice?

Say anything nice, a simple device
That makes everything beautiful just ordinary
Nice can come at a price, forever imbued with all this boredom
Sacrifice can only suffice when something is beautiful

After all the resentment, all the discontentment
The flowers you sent meant nothing, nothing

Why say anything nice when you can say nothing at all?
Why say anything nice when you can say nothing at all?
(Why say anything nice?)
You can say nothing at all
Woo-hoo-hoo
Nothing at all
Woo-hoo-hoo
You can say nothing at all
Woo-hoo-hoo
Nothing at all
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Serendipity
  • 2 Something You’ll Never Find
  • 3 One and Only
  • 4 Angry People
  • 5 Down to Earth
  • 6 Beautiful
  • 7 Running Out of Ink
  • 8 Half a Heart
  • 9 Maybe Not
  • 10 I Can I Will I Do
  • 11 Fun & Games
  • 12 The New Sad
  • 13 Quality
  • 14 Another Spin
  • 15 What a Letdown
  • 16 Why Say Anything Nice?


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Ed Robertson, Steven Page, Tyler Stewart
    album: Track 16 in album Barenaked Ladies Are Men
    release date: 2007-2-6
    popularity : 90 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Pop Rock
    length: 3:46
    Album Information
    label: Desperation Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 093624324720
    script: Latin