Elliott Smith

Friday 21 October, 2011 at 7:29 am

Exactly today, eight years ago, one of the most talented singer/songwriters that ever existed died under very tragic circumstances. It’s an impossible task to choose a few songs out of his huge (and absolutely mind-blowing!) body of work but hopefully these songs should convince you to listen to every single song and demo this extraordinary artist ever recorded. There’s a pretty good chance it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.

Miss Misery

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I’ll fake it through the day
With some help from Johnny Walker Red.
Send the poison rain down the drain
To put bad thoughts in my head.
Two tickets torn in half
And a lot of nothing to do.
Do you miss me, Miss Misery
Like you say you do?

A man in the park
Read the lines in my hand,
Told me I’m strong
Hardly ever wrong I said “man you mean you”

I had plans for both of us
That involved a trip out of town
To a place I’ve seen in a magazine
That you left lying around.
I don’t have you with me but
I keep a good attitude.
Do you miss me, Miss Misery
Like you say you do?

I know you’d rather see me gone
Than to see me the way that I am,
But I am in the life anyway.

Next door the TVs flashing
Blue frames on the wall.
It’s a comedy of errors, you see.
It’s about taking a fall.
To vanish into oblivion
Is easy to do.
And I try to be but you know me
I come back when you want me to.
Do you miss me, Miss Misery
Like you say you do?

Son Of Sam

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Something’s happening, don’t speak to soon
Told the boss off and made my move,
got nowhere to go

Son of Sam, son of the shining path, the clouded mind
The couple killer each and every time

I’m not uncomfortable feeling weird
Lonely leared, options disappear,
but I know what to do

Son of Sam, son of a doctor’s touch, a nurse’s love
Acting under orders from above

King for a day

Son of Sam, son of the shining path, the clouded mind
The couple killer running out of time

Shiva opens her arms now
To make sure I don’t get too far
I may talk in my sleep tonight ‘cos I don’t know what I am
I’m a little like you, more like Son of Sam

Happiness

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Activity’s killing the actor
And the cop’s standing out in the road
Turning traffic away
There was nothing she could do until after
When his body’d been buried below
Way back in the day
Oh my, nothing else could have been done
He made his life a lie so
He might never have to know anyone
Made his life a lie you know
I told him that he shouldn’t upset her
And that he’d only be making it worse
Involving somebody else
But I knew that he’d never forget her
While her memory worked in reverse
To keep her safe from herself
And oh my, nothing else could have been done
She made her life a lie so
She might never have to know anyone
Made her life a lie you know
What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me
What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me
What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me

I Better Be Quiet Now

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Wish you gave me your number
Wish I could call you today
Just to hear a voice
I got a long way to go
I’m getting further away
If I didn’t know the difference
Living alone’d probably be okay
It wouldn’t be lonely
I got a long way to go
I’m getting further away
A lot of hours to occupy
It was easy when I didn’t know you yet
Things I’d have to forget
But I better be quiet now
I’m tired of wasting my breath
Carrying on, and getting upset
Maybe I have a problem
But that’s not what I wanted to say
I’d prefer to say nothing
I got a long way to go
I’m getting further away
Had a dream as an army man with an order just to march in my place
While a dead enemy screams in my face
But I better be quiet now
I’m tired of wasting my breath
Carrying on, not over it yet
Wish I knew what you were doing
And why you want to do it this way
So I can’t go the distance
I got a long way to go
I’m getting further away
I got a long way to go
I’m getting further away

Between The Bars

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Other MUST hear Elliott songs: A Living Will, Bottle Up And Explode, Stupidity Tries, In The Lost And Found, A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free, L.A., Everything Means Nothing To Me, Say Yes, Waltz #2, Son Of Sam, Ballad Of Big Nothing, Everybody Cares Everybody Understands. Damn it. The guy hardly had any bad songs. Just do yourself a favor and listen to everything he ever wrote.