Aimee Mann - Invisible Ink Lyrics




There comes a time when you swim or sink
So I jumped in the drink
'Cause I couldn't make myself clear

Maybe I wrote in invisible ink
Oh, I've tried to think
How I could have made it appear

But another illustration is wasted
'Cause the results are the same
I feel like a ghost who's trying to move your hands
Over some Ouija board in the hopes I can spell out my name

What some take for magic at first glance
Is just sleight-of-hand depending on what you believe
Something gets lost when you translate
It's hard to keep straight
Perspective is everything

And I know now which is which and what angle I oughta look at it from
I suppose I should be happy to be misread
Better be that than some of the other things I have become

But nobody wants to hear this tale
The plot is clichéd, the jokes are stale
And baby we've all heard it all before
Oh, I could get specific but
Nobody needs a catalog
With details of love I can't sell anymore

And aside from that, this chain of reaction,
Baby, is losing a link
Though I'd hope you'd know what I tried to tell you
And if you don't I could draw you a picture in invisible ink

But nobody wants to hear this tale
The plot is clichéd, the jokes are stale
And baby we've all heard it all before
Oh, I could get specific but
Nobody needs a catalog
With details of love I can't sell anymore





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  1. Miu Miu

    2019 in Korea... She is great

  2. Tildie Scalé

    here because of liz gillies and i’ve been swept off my feet

  3. Youk Youk

    Powerful lyrics. I am so amazed and happy to have discovered Aimee Mann, Love from France !

  4. Alejandro Ortiz

    Insuperable!

  5. Uku' Wolf

    Aimee Mann is a genius!

  6. Color Sounds

    She writes the saddest most beautiful songs. Her and Elliott Smith.

  7. Kelly Burns

    One of the greatest songs ever written about heart break. F#@ing genius.

  8. Marcio Correa

    Beautiful voice. It would be great to listen Aimee Mann singing a song in Portuguese, with Brazilian accent.

  9. Toni MacTavish

    I can't believe how beautiful!

  10. anne moore

    Well it's time . for you to fly free. You were the only person who every linstien to the real ture me and got it, you had a genuine human sprint and care respect 4 me. Thank You For Love.
    Your spirit, is strong be live

  11. thegreatalyssa

    From a Mark Small article about Berklee music:
    Let's talk about your music. I love the song "Invisible Ink." The string arrangement, your acoustic guitar finger picked in the beginning and later strummed as the drums come in at the bridge, gives it all the drama of the classic pop and rock songs by Paul Simon, James Taylor, and the Beatles. Do you have roots in that music?
    A lot of our influences seem to come from 1960s and early-1970s-pop music. I cowrote "Invisible Ink" about a decade ago with a singer/songwriter from Boston named Clayton Scobel. I had written some lyrics for it but never finished it because it needed a bridge. When I started writing for Lost in Space, I took it out and wrote a bridge and finished it off. The chords and melody to the verse and chorus are probably Clayton's. I might have changed them a little. Jonathon Quarmby, who is British and lives in London, wrote the string arrangement. We had a system where he would demo up his ideas and send them to me as MP3s. He did a great job. There is an obvious influence for that song in the chorus/bridge section with the slide guitar lines. That is clearly influenced by Todd Rundgren.

  12. burfscape1

    3 people have never had their heartbroken. Good for them, seriously.

  13. Jessica Beard

    "I feel like a ghost who's trying to move your hands over some Ouija board in the hopes I can spell out my name."

    "I suppose I should be happy to be misread--better to be that than some of the other things I have become."

    Devastating.

    LoMar Sweed

    She comes up with some incredibly clever lyrical hooks!

    "So better take the keys and drive forever
    Staying won't put these futures back together
    All the perfect drugs and superheros
    Wouldn't be enough to bring me up to zero"

    ...From the song Humpty Dumpty is one of my favorites.

  14. Mike K

    this song got me through some stuff

  15. Jason Roggasch

    There comes a time when you swim or sink
    So I jumped in the drink
    'Cause I couldn't make myself clear

    Maybe I wrote in invisible ink
    Oh, I've tried to think
    How I could have made it appear

    But another illustration is wasted
    'Cause the results are the same
    I feel like a ghost who's trying to move your hands
    Over some Ouija board in the hopes I can spell out my name

    What some take for magic at first glance
    Is just sleight-of-hand depending on what you believe
    Something gets lost when you translate
    It's hard to keep straight
    Perspective is everything

    And I know now which is which and what angle I oughta look at it from
    I suppose I should be happy to be misread
    Better be that than some of the other things I have become

    But nobody wants to hear this tale
    The plot is clichéd, the jokes are stale
    And baby we've all heard it all before
    Oh, I could get specific but
    Nobody needs a catalog
    With details of love I can't sell anymore

    And aside from that, this chain of reaction,
    Baby, is losing a link
    Though I'd hope you'd know what I tried to tell you
    And if you don't I could draw you a picture in invisible ink

    But nobody wants to hear this tale
    The plot is clichéd, the jokes are stale
    And baby we've all heard it all before
    Oh, I could get specific but
    Nobody needs a catalog
    With details of love I can't sell anymore

  16. Vince Golubic

    ...one of my all time favorites. This and smilers is my favorite album of hers. Just amazing truths for those who can understand ...

    Uku' Wolf

    My sister's favourite albums are those too!

  17. David Sims

    Excellent singer songwriter,as good as Suzanne Vega! Truly beautiful lyrics.

  18. Jorge Ronde

    Very, very nice.  Like fine champagne.

  19. Angelika Goldstein

    One of the most beautiful and truthful songs ever written - the melody is spellbinding, the lyrics wise

  20. jl manning

    Heartbreaking and heartening.

  21. Beth Dunkerley Music

    I can't believe how little recognition she has, this is amazing

  22. Anas Khan

    in all seriousness, were you really thinking of killing yourself?

  23. elizabeth morse

    I wonder how involved in the instrumental arrangements Aimee is.

    I was contemplating suicide earlier and thinking about how universally pertinent these lyrics are to my life, especially referring to "a love I can't sell anymore". I will never get over the poignant line "I feel like a ghost who is trying to move your hand over some Ouiga board in the hopes I can spell out my name."

    Aimee is one of the few artists whose true self reveals itself no matter what she sings.

  24. Richard Cole

    I completely agree with alan creed. Phenominal song writer. seems like all of her songs have an incredible hook.

  25. Søs Bøge Tobiasen

    I know a Woman. It could be dedicated to her, whit the greatest love on earth 3
    WHAT a beautiful song!
    Thanks Katrine 3

  26. onesadsob

    canadian artist seth (greg gallant)

  27. HakoneUniboy

    Anyone who has gone through this kind of heartbreak can relate to these powerful lyrics Aimee conveys here...so sadly beautiful and real.

  28. Gunnar Peterson

    Who did the artwork for that picture?

  29. Michael Win

    I love AM's music, and am amazed that she does not have a massive following. I personally prefer the live version of this song with AM's statement about audience participation. Please note that this, and many other beautiful songs, are generally no longer included in her live shows, which understandably focus upon more recent work. This is why the live at St. Ann's dvd is a must have.

  30. S.J. Smith

    This woman writes as she thinks and speaks, which is one of the greatest compliments that can be paid to any lyricist or writer. Aimee Mann has a way of reaching inside of me (and no doubt a great many others) and touching my spirit, experiences & most private emotions. i listen & feel understood. understanding. this is one of the greatest gifts an artist can give to anyone in the world. communicating this understanding so beautifully & fluently is part of what makes AM so unique. : )

  31. elizabeth morse

    This song seems to sum up my experience in nearly every relationship I've ever had, including that with my mother, who continues to live, with cancer, and I continue to try to make myself seen, having by now mostly given up and given in.

  32. Katie.

    I listen to all types of music, rap being one of my favorite genres but this album start to finish is amazing! I love her voice and her songs are so soulful. They really make you think. Lost in Space is one of my favorite albums of all time.

  33. Alan Creed

    One of the most criminally underrated artists of our time - those in the know really understand this.

  34. soozers26

    another reason buffy's so amazing? the show introduced me to this wonderful artist! :)

  35. scrolllocknumlock

    "I suppose I should be happy to be misread-
    Better be that than some of the other things I have become..."

  36. dewarknows

    Thank you for posting this wonderful song on youtube for us.

  37. dannlynch

    her lyrics are so incredible!!