Sonic Youth - The Empty Page Lyrics




These are the words but not the truth
God bless them all when they speak to you
But that's alright
On an empty stage
Sing out when
There's no other way

Come drift the town where secrets lie
Where friends and neighbours keep drifting by
But that's alright
You're here to stay
Sing out tonight
The empty page

I always thought I'd see
Your name in flashing light
You did it all for free, girl
And freely ripped the night
You're free to fight

These are the words but not the truth
God bless them all when they speak to you
But that's alright
You're here to stay
Sing out tonight
The empty page

Do you remember the time
When you were new in town
You smashed your head in the mirror, baby
And kissed the frozen ground
Yr ripped up sound

The empty page has wasted down
The empty page is ripped
The empty page will waste this town
The empty page has slipped





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  1. Leonardo Moncada

    These are the words
    But not the truth
    God bless them all
    When they speak to you
    But that's all right
    On an empty stage
    Sing out when
    There's no other way
    Come drift the town
    Where secrets lie
    Where friends & neighbors
    Keep drifting by
    But that's all right
    You're here to stay
    Sing out tonight
    The empty page
    I always thought I'd see
    Your name in flashing light
    You did it all for free girl
    And freely ripped the night
    (yr free to fight)
    These are the words
    But not the truth
    God bless them all
    When they speak to you
    But that's all right
    You're here to stay
    Sing out tonight
    The empty page
    Do you remember the time
    When you were new in town
    You smashed yr head in the mirror baby
    And kissed the frozen ground
    (yr ripped up sound)

  2. manyonezerometalsmyth 66

    Surely, the bread is of my humility and the rotten fish of the people, and there would be scores of it, waiting to be drowned for the taste by a fine and inky butter...and then we would be cast aside, our Peers, into a dark chaos, a lake of fire, perhaps, because your quills do not provide butter of their own? And, surely I wouldn't keep scores of fine butter for myself? Or, I would captain a chair and he like a saviour of the fish and harvest a gross penicillin?
    -Franzmus Puffgrinker

  3. manyonezerometalsmyth 66

    Surely, the bread is of my humility and the rotten fish of the people, and there would be scores of it, waiting to be drowned for the taste by a fine and inky butter...and then we would be cast aside, our Peers, into a dark chaos, a lake of fire, perhaps, because your quills do not provide butter of their own? And, surely I wouldn't keep scores of fine butter for myself? Or, I would captain a chair and he like a saviour of the fish and harvest a penicillin?
    -Franzmus Puffgrinker

  4. John Lau

    wir sehen uns, ich mus europa abschlten, love alle telefone klingeln.

  5. John Lau

    die musik war da, der rest noch nicht, alles später.

  6. John Lau

    ich war zu jung,

  7. Tomas 93

    2019 "i am not bieber"

  8. karina cristina mendez

    I am not Beck

  9. Sutarno Samson

    very...very...nice....

  10. Bohdibilly

    I TOO am not beck

  11. Michael Fox

    Thurston is the kindest person on the planet! I enjoy his concerts and kindness. His work as a musician is unforgettable.. Ty my friend!!!

  12. Jessie Dahl

    Kim in a school girl outfit 🔥

  13. Sebastian Nieto

    "I am not Raisbeck"

  14. Agua Limpia Agua Limpia

    Quiero tocar con vosotros.

  15. Darth Structure

    Sonic youth rules!!!!

  16. Firman 178

    Good song

  17. Rik Swift

    Is this 30fps? Looks higher....

  18. crooked rain

    los amo mas que a cualquier cosa

  19. king tazk

    too bad sonic youth is no more thanks to him and his dick and side hoe lolool

  20. PK TH

    ดูผู้หญิงคนนั้นสิ

  21. Alison Wild

    You guys have made a great mass of work, it stands so well the test of time. Someday I hope we'll all laugh about this stuff.

  22. braig crogan

    i think its wrong to keep sonic youth from the world you guys should get back together

  23. Sophia

    "I am not Beck"


    best t-shirt

    GetUpStandGreen

    Agreed, I might paint one just like it lmao.

  24. I27T I84

    great song, but god damn are their videos awful.

    Desi Palmer

    haha, yeah they have amazing music but really bad videos

    crooked rain

    you know nothing about sonic youth and punk rock

  25. melewaq channel

    sonic youth fan? Search

    switchbladeseven - scream undone

    I think you'll enjoy them!

    Tanner Kugz

    Wan Mascis thank you

  26. Lucas Henrique

    3:08 NIRVANA XD

    LegaTV

    not SY is like Nirvana. Nirvana is, partially, as SY

    crooked rain

    nirvana????? such a ignorant

  27. Antonio Pedro Pessoa

    This may be the best piece of music made by humanity. Not any other song carries such a sense of nostalgia as this in the world. And when that last part hits It feels like dying, but I'm dying happily.

    I27T I84

    +MrLoomerings it feels like dying to me too

    chelsea martin

    Momonio as with a great majority of their music. A peaceful and after an amazing outro. I almost cry at the beauty of their sound.

    golf wang

    try frank ocean "blonde" some serious nostalgia on their

  28. metal guru61

    IN THE 80'S THE BAND ROSE FROM PUNK TO POSTMODERNISM TO SURVEY THEIR BATTERED BEAUTY OF THE LATE-CENTURY CIVILIZATION, GRAVITATING TOWARD SUCH SUBJECTS AS TEEN ANGST AND SERIAL KILLERS, ACTUALLY JACKING INTO THEIR WORLD'S CONFUSION. MOST OF ALL, SONIC YOUTH ROSE FROM NEW YORK, THEIR DETUNED GUITAR HARMONIES MINDING THE GAP BETWEEN SUBWAYS AND SKYSCRAPERS.

  29. Michal Kaczmarek

    "I am not Beck" hahahahahahahaa

  30. Raini Dae

    Underrated song

  31. Neil McMillan

    This is up there in the top 5 of all time. "These are the words but not the truth...."

  32. Regina Boh

    The empty page...full of words but they're not the truth...:(
    i prefer to see the empty page as the chance for a new start, its all up to you to fill it with honesty, integrity and love. Just the words, often, are meaningless...what really matter are the acts..♡

  33. Seth Aubuchon

    Thanks for this song, it really helps a lot sometimes, sometimes.

    Regina Boh

    I feel you! :)

  34. Katie Rose

    love his voice

  35. Katie Rose

    for some reason his voice is sleep inducing. <3

    Regina Boh

    Right?!! I thought the same :))

  36. Angélica Fontes

    Delícia de som, para uma tarde como essa. #amoooo  

    Lucas Henrique

    Angélica, assim como eu, você foi abençoada pelo fato de ouvir essa banda. É sério, é um gosto peculiar. Nirvana, Sonic Youth e Smashing Pumpkins é tudo de bom! rs

    Angélica Fontes

    @Lucas Henrique Amo demais ! Realmente são poucos. 

    Lucas Henrique

    +Angélica Fontes :)

  37. Yuval Legendtofski

    great tune, thanks Thurston.

  38. Sammy N

    2002, such a memorable year for me. 

  39. andymorphic67

    therston you cheater!

  40. Matt Whitley

    I AM NOT THURSTON MOORE

  41. reggaesoul16

    Did I seriously just watch a Justin Bieber fragrance ad before this video? Are you fucking kidding me? Fuck you, Vevo.

  42. Petter Falch Rasmussen

    So it might as well have been called the empty plant? :D

  43. RAioD Edilan

    so why dont you kill him!

  44. Bastard471

    men who look like old lesiosbns and old slesbians who look like men. pensi street.

  45. Petter Falch Rasmussen

    Such a Loser!

  46. Nauga

    That'd be funny, haha.

  47. M.M. HSS

    LAUGHTING MY FUCKIN' ASS OFF!!

  48. emyhil

    anyone else here who has a weird fascination of Thurston's face?

  49. econogate

    The "Page" refers to Jimmy Page. When Steve Albini recorded Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Thurston kept trying to come around and he wanted to hang with them but Steve kept blowing him off. This seems about that time period.

  50. IzziBalamory

    Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: 130,000,000 views. Sonic Youth - An Empty Page: 281,000 views. This is exactly what is wrong with this world...

  51. Rainy Jane

    lol, beck doesn't know how to use a computer.

  52. rafk75

    From swear to Jezus ~not bad(y). Fluent ~is what?-Fluid?Root`s? My anglish isn`t polish, I` sorry ladys..and geltelmen

  53. rafk75

    I rely on dictonary. Do you understand? Version demo for "train"janusz Bigda is very good, on side Janusz Bigda. This train go to deatch. God anger -help in Jezus Christ. I`m sin, what about who are you? Jesus`s right.

  54. rafk75

    Pazdrawiaju ja Ciebie, I`m polish man:) I happy, że somebody -Ty(You-women?) for me say. Recommend for You: Janusz Bigda, Train(Pociąg). Is not I`m. It is about Jezus..

  55. lolGYPSY1

    fuck vevo and justin bieber!

  56. Countess Boochie Flagrante

    I thought so.

  57. Countess Boochie Flagrante

    I can speak a bit of polish (I'm fluent in Czech and Slovak). I'm guessing this is about an advertisement ruining something. I did not use Google translate, I swear to god.

  58. Petter Falch Rasmussen

    I wish I could post the link to the interview Thurston did with Beck here. Just youtube "thurston beck" and it should show up on top.

  59. Petter Falch Rasmussen

    Are YOU Beck?

  60. valeyellowbuzz

    i'm in love

  61. Nauga

    There should be a shirt released saying I Am Not Beck lol

    GetUpStandGreen

    It is pretty easy to make yourself though

  62. freexorcismz

    beck should have played thurston in this video for full-throttle irony. no one would ever know.

  63. pakishiruko

    i like this sound.

  64. rafk75

    kurwa, reklama sie zawiesza na początku!

  65. A Barracuda

    Fucking VEVO makes it multiply

  66. betterwiththespray

    BASELESS FRENCH PROPAGANDA!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Anna

    i lOV ethurtston moore ehgos he s so percect

  68. Bruna Rozenfeld Alves Fonseca

    the 'i am not beck' t-shirt is awesome,haha

  69. TeamEvoMedia xD

    Fuck the video quality just enjoy listening to this awesome band!

  70. Jakub Spiszak

    if the VEVO will fuck off than you wont see this video in good quality.

  71. tetilt

    Oh well, fuck a Grammy. It's not like Grammys are meant to go to the best musicians anyway, academy awards are just propaganda.

  72. Kevin Rhatigan

    @shauno5166 and i don't like that the other top comment is always someone critisizing the other top comment.

  73. DudeTheXFilesRules

    Got to love the comments (not just here but every other VEVO video) that complain about VEVO, yet they'll continue supporting by watching the videos.

  74. SANDGROHLZ666

    HAHAHAH, I AM NOT BECK.

  75. BlueTriangleSphere

    To anyone who complains about vevo - get AdBlock Plus for your browser... then it's just the same as watching any other video, no ads

  76. Countess Boochie Flagrante

    @futurfry A little ironic..

  77. Moistened Mann

    I got here from Beck lol

  78. Kurt Cobain Aberdeen

    Amazing...

  79. Madghost Ra

    FUCK YOU VEVO! STOP BRINGING US HIGH QUALITY VIDEOS OF THE MUSICIANS WE WANT AND LOVE, IMPARTIAL TO TASTE.

  80. Emile Cardinal

    @almostgary I'd simply say that I don't know. My friends consider me an hipster, excluding the fact that I'm a nice person (that's what they say, I don't pretend) and Sonic Youth is one of my favorite band, so I guess it might be for some. For me, it's just good music.

  81. Jorge HA

    Top comment of everybody: "He's Not Beck"

  82. Felipe Ahumada Jegó

    Of course you,re not Beck, Beck is the one besides you whos dancing with a dress...XD

  83. ThisreallyIsBullshit

    i am not beck

  84. TehSorso

    @thnikker They support all kinds of artists (including controversial ones like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga) and they censor dirty words. Including hell :). While the first is an arguable fault (i don't really mind it), the second is a bit annoying.

  85. Drope182

    @almostgary probably you're fucking retarded how can you call sonic youth that new shit? you're just as stupid like these idiot hipsters

  86. 420choky

    @nbleau i bet he hates that

  87. Takahiro Kida

    sonic youth is not looking for salvation.

  88. sonnyliverpool

    he looks like ron weasley

  89. Jirue7609

    Beck should come out on stage for these guys and pretend to be the singer ;)

  90. Bongo Bobby

    everyone hates vevo :)

  91. ofelia alonso

    he was shirtless. oh my god.


  92. paulj0557

    OKAY THEN FUCK VEVO AND GET IT THE FUCK OUTA' HERE

  93. Svetomir Bozinovic

    fuck the cloth. Music is good

  94. Milijana Paprika

    @rfcompte
    Beck should be wearing a T-Shirt that reads "I am Thurston Moore"