Adam Sakellarides - Too Verbose

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When I was a young child I wasn’t too dense
to realize my family was not normal in the traditional sense
in that my mother would use a normal amount of words when speaking with her friends
but my father would use more words than necessary and his sentences would never end.
What I guess I’m trying to say is that my father talked a lot
in that he used more words than were actually necessary to get his point across
and I guess I kind of see the reason he did that particular sort of thing,
assuming you care more about precision than being judged as really boring.

So this went on and on for years, at least that was my sense
because it actually was quite a few years, but I think you know what I meant
And one day my mom was missing, it seems she packed her things to flee
She left a note addressed to both of us that simply said

You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Could you possibly get to the point?)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(You could say this in so many fewer words)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Can’t take words, words, words anymore)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
Could you be a little more concise?

So I had inherited my father’s gift for extremely detailed eloquence
and when it came time to pick a career, I picked appropriately and went and
On my resume I listed almost every thing I’d ever done
except for the embarrassing parts, because I edited the thing, I’m not a complete idiot
which leads to my first job at Merriam-Webster, of whom I’ve sure you’ve heard
because they make those wonderful books that define most every word
That I had to revise and edit, and define whole new words, in addition
though I think they’re also in Urban Dictionary, if you’re in a tough position

But one day my boss at Webster (we call it that to save time, too)
called me into his office for a quarterly performance review
and while he was looking over my work over the few months that did precede
he gave me the pink slip and it simply said

You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Could you possibly get to the point?)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(You could say this in so many fewer words)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Can’t take words, words, words anymore)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
Could you be a little more concise?

Well my career wasn’t going great, but my love life was on the up
I had met a pretty girl for whom words were her first love
Though of course I don’t mean that literally, that would actually be kinda bad
if you loved words much more than your mother or your dad
On our first date we played scrabble and on our second we crossed words
I’ve also listened to some audio books, which of course I’m sure you’ve heard
of at least of a few ones, but the point is I asked her to marry me
and we would talk about our plans and future children, it was lovely

But one day she came over to me while I was standing in the kitchen
And proceeded to ask me how my day was and for what dinner I was wishin'
and it was that sort of small talk leading into something big, you know the sound,
and while she was speaking I didn’t notice that our house was burning to the ground

You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Honey I hate to be rude but I think you’re on fire)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(Why do fire extinguishers have expiration dates?)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(It’s not like I’m going to eat the thing, really)
You’re too verbose, you’re too verbose for me
(We should probably end this song)

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from SpinTunes #10: Round 3, released February 17, 2015

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