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Artist: Elliot Smith
Suggested Track: Between the Bars

Drink up, baby, stay up all night
With the things you could do, you won't but you might
The potential you'll be that you'll never see
The promises you'll only make
Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days, do what I say
And I'll make you okay and drive them away
The images stuck in your head

People you've been before that you
Don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

Drink up, baby, look at the stars
I'll kiss you again, between the bars
Where I'm seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time and I'll make you mine
Keep you apart, deep in my heart
Separate from the rest, where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot

People you've been before that you
Don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still
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Elliott Smith
Elliott (born Steven Paul) Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter known for beautiful melodies and harmonies paired with harsh emotional
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Elliott Smith Lyrics
Elliott Smith lyrics - 117 song lyrics sorted by album, including "Miss Misery", "Angeles", "Needle In The Hay".
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XO by Elliott Smith
XO is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on August 25, 1998 by Dreamworks. This was his first solo album on a major label. An early
Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on July 21, 1995 by Kill Rock Stars, his first album on the label. It contains
New Moon by Elliott Smith
New Moon is a posthumous compilation album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on May 8, 2007 by Kill Rock Stars. It contains twenty-four previously unreleased
Either/Or by Elliott Smith
Either/Or is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on February 25, 1997 by Kill Rock Stars. It contains twelve songs which were recorded
Figure 8 by Elliott Smith
Figure 8 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on August 18, 2000 by Dreamworks. This was Elliott’s final finished album before his death.
From a Basement on the Hill by Elliott Smith
Upon its release in 2004, almost exactly a year after Elliott Smith’s still mysterious death, many critics and fans considered From A Basement on the Hill a sort of suicide note.
Roman Candle by Elliott Smith
Roman Candle is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released while he was still a member of his first band Heatmiser. Its unexpected success caused
An Introduction to...Elliott Smith by Elliott Smith
An Introduction to…Elliott Smith is a posthumous compilation album by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on November 2, 2010 by Kill Rock Stars. The album is
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Elliott Smith – Southern Belle
A beautiful but relentlessly intense number about family life in old Dallas town off Smith’s classic self-titled LP.
Elliott Smith – Condor Ave
Depending on how you understand it, this song is one of the more fictional and narrative songs that Smith ever wrote. A lot of people read this song in a strictly autobiographical
Elliott Smith – Twilight
From A Basement On The Hill was released in 2004, almost exactly a year after Elliott Smith’s mysterious death. “Twilight” is one of this album’s best-known songs, delivering a
Elliott Smith – Angeles
Taking a chance is always a fearsome thing. Relocation, especially to somewhere as gold-gilt and Gomorrah-esque as Los Angeles is a huge risk which can hold fame and riches in
Elliott Smith – Christian Brothers
A song about Elliott standing up to his step-father, with the help of alcohol. “Christian Brothers” is a type of brandy.
Elliott Smith – Pictures of Me
“Pictures of Me” was the very first collaboration between Elliott Smith and longtime collaborator/producer Larry Crane. In an interview with Pitchfork Crane told the story behind
Elliott Smith – Roman Candle
“Roman Candle” details Elliott’s relationship with his abusive step-father, Charles. Charles would go onto inspire several of Elliott’s songs.
Elliott Smith – Waltz #2 (XO)
Join Elliott Smith for a night of extra-awkward family trauma karaoke on one of his most-famous songs. From his major-label debut, 1998’s XO
Elliott Smith – 2:45 AM
“2:45 AM” is the 11th track off of Elliott Smith’s 1997 album Either/Or. This song, in many ways, encapsulates Smith’s style with its stripped down aesthetic and uncomplicated but
Elliott Smith – Pitseleh
[Verse 1] / I'll tell you why I don't want to know where you are / I got a joke I've been dying to tell you / A silent kid is looking down the barrel / To make the noise that I
Elliott Smith – Needle in the Hay
A classic Elliott Smith song featured both on a Kill Rock Stars 7" and his eponymous second LP. Smith employs heroin as a metaphor here and on many songs on the album. As he told
Elliott Smith – Ballad of Big Nothing
A tongue-in-cheek song about a disenchanted, drug-addicted loser.
Elliott Smith – Speed Trials
“Speed Trials” is the album’s first track and single, released on October 1, 1996. The song was recorded on 4-track cassette at Joanna Bolme’s apartment, on SE 34th Ave. at
Elliott Smith – Clementine
“Clementine” tells a deceptively simple story – a man gets drunk and worries about his relationship – using beautiful imagery. It’s also based on the imagery from the folk poem “
Elliott Smith – Punch and Judy
[Verse 1] / A wallflower Punch talks to Judy / In a crowded corner where anybody can listen in / But they don't read page to page or speak easy / Now, they're gonna go say the
Elliott Smith – A Fond Farewell
“A Fond Farewell” is the sixth track on Elliott Smith’s posthumous album From a Basement on the Hill. The track’s instrumental palette is sparse, consisting of bass, vocals, and a
Elliott Smith – Coming Up Roses
[Verse 1] / I'm a junkyard full of false starts / And I don't need your permission / To bury my love under this bare light bulb / [Pre-Chorus] / The moon is a sickle cell / It'll
Elliott Smith – Rose Parade
“Rose Parade” is the seventh track off of Elliott Smith’s celebrated album, Either/Or. While the song seems to be a reference to the annual Portland Rose Festival, Elliott
Elliott Smith – Amity
[Verse 1] / Amity, Amity, Amity, Amity / Amity, Amity, Amity / Caught stars in her arms / Hello, hello kitty happy in New York City / Amity walking like a lucky charm / I'm a neon
Elliott Smith – Because
[Intro] / Ah-ah / [Verse 1] / Because the world is round / It turns me on / Because the world is round / Ah-ah / [Verse 2] / Because the wind is high / It blows my mind / Because
Elliott Smith – Last Call
“Last Call” is one of the more produced songs on the mainly four-track debut album of the late Elliot Smith, with blaring electric guitar and a more powerful Heatmiser-like vocal
Elliott Smith – Trouble
Trouble / Oh trouble set me free / I have seen your face / And it's too much too much for me / Trouble / Oh trouble can't you see / You're eating my heart away / And there's
Elliott Smith – No Name No. 5
[Verse 1] / Got bitten fingernails and a head full of the past / And everybody's gone at last / A sweet, sweet smile that's fading fast / 'Cause everybody's gone at last / Don't
Elliott Smith – Son of Sam
[Verse 1] / Something's happening / Don't speak too soon / I told the boss off and made my move / Got nowhere to go / [Chorus 1] / Son of Sam / Son of the shining path, the clouded
Elliott Smith – Tomorrow Tomorrow
[Verse 1] / Everybody knows which way you go, straight to over / No one wants to see you inside of me, straight to over / I heard the hammer at the lock / Say you're deaf and dumb
Elliott Smith – Cupid's Trick
Elliott purposely left the lyrics to this track off of the lyric sheet on the vinyl copies.
Elliott Smith – St. Ides Heaven
[Verse 1: Elliott Smith and Rebecca Gates] / Everything is exactly right / When I walk around here drunk every night / With an open container from 7-Eleven / In St. Ides heaven / [
Elliott Smith – Placeholder
Looking at all the rows / All these records look like big zeroes / Got your picture on the back of a 45 / A placeholder till you take up mine / A placeholder till you take up mine
Elliott Smith – The Biggest Lie
[Verse 1] / I'm waiting for the train / The subway that only goes one way / The stupid thing that'll come to pull us apart / And make everybody late / [Verse 2] / You spent
Elliott Smith – Single File
[Verse 1] / Here in line where stupid shit collides / With dying shooting stars / All we got to show what we really are / Is the same kind of scars / And looking at you all I see
Elliott Smith – Baby Britain
[Verse 1] / Baby Britain feels the best / Floating over a sea of vodka / Separated from the rest / Fights problems with bigger problems / Sees the ocean fall and rise / Counts the
Elliott Smith – Alphabet Town
[Verse 1] / Alphabet City is haunted / Constantina feels right at home / She probably won't say you're wrong / But you're already wrong / You're already wrong / And you threw up
Elliott Smith – No Name #1
This is a song of inner struggle Elliott feels. The lyrics represent inner dialog he is wrestling with. He sees himself as someone who doesn’t belong at this event. He
Elliott Smith – I Didn't Understand
Originally called ‘Watch the Worlds Collide’, which has different, more telling lyrics that show Elliott sees love as more complex than it would appear, saying: “When people talk
Elliott Smith – Happiness
…and this is what Smith sounds like at his most optimistic. Off his fifth studio album, 2000’s Figure 8
Elliott Smith – Pretty (Ugly Before)
[Verse 1] / Sunshine / Been keeping me up for days / There is no nighttime / It's only a passing phase / [Refrain] / And I feel pretty / Pretty enough for you / I felt so ugly
Elliott Smith – Independence Day
[Verse 1] / Future butterfly / Gonna spend the day higher than high / You'll be beautiful confusion / Ooh, once I was you / [Verse 2] / I saw you caught between / All the people
Elliott Smith – Almost Over
You think I'm unkind / But people aren't the way you think they are / They can't remember all the time / What it was you wanted / They paint you out in straight silhouette / Don't
Elliott Smith – Waltz #1
[Verse] / Every time the day darkens down and goes away / Pictures open in my head of me and you / Silent and cliché / All the things we did and didn't say / Covered up by what we
Elliott Smith – Oh Well, Okay
A man is looking through photos of an estranged lover whom he still cares about. He feigns nonchalance (“Oh well, okay”), but it’s clear that he’s pretty torn up.
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