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Bitter Pill
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Another head-banging angry rocker, lyric in the style of Elvis Costello, but a louder arrangement. By Ray Sharp who also wrote 'Punch My Ticket'
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Sharpola/Z. Mulls
2008
Sharpola Songs
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Alternative : Indie
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» highest in charts:   # 415   (187,620 songs currently listed in Alternative)
» highest in sub-genre:   # 74   (31,540 songs currently listed in Alternative > Indie)
About the song
Ray Sharp (Sharpola) works quickly and lays down some really hot guitar work. This is his kind of lyric, and worlds away from what I usually write. If you like this song, also listen to "Punch My Ticket" which is even better!

If the song is "about" anything, it's about having to attend a function (like a wedding) and suffering severe anger and frustration at other peoples' happiness....
Lyrics
(v1)
A thousand evenings sitting in the dark
An ache in your applauding arms
Did those dormant demons jolt awake
Did they sound the old alarms

The milk of human kindness
Curdles in your veins
When the curtain falls, the blindness
Is all that remains

(chorus)
It's been a while
Since you felt so infantile
And are you still
Living in denial

It's been a while
Since you coughed up so much bile
Does it make you ill
To choke down such a bitter pill?

(v2)
Take a breath and slowly count to ten
Take a step back from the railing
It’s the sweet smell of success again
That you can’t help inhaling

Your heart is in the gutter
Your soul is in disgrace
And every word you utter
Has a rancid taste

(repeat chorus)
It’s been a while, etc……

(bridge)
There was a moment of truth
And you slept right through it
Woke up and said, screw it
Now your mind is clearer
Destiny waving in your rear-view mirror

(v3)
Put your cigarette out in the grass
Pop a mint and come back inside
Line up with the others in your class
Wait your turn to kiss the bride

You practice being cheerful
While everyone’s engrossed
Giving them an earful
Of someone else’s toast

(repeat chorus)
It’s been a while, etc….