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Needle in the Hay
Elliott Smith Lyrics

Your hand on his arm
The hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check

He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
He's wearing yr clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you

You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye

You're pulling him through
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth

Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my break
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok

I can't beat myself
I can't beat myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet

Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Steven P. Smith

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Keith Franzen

Not weird... but maybeeeee do something nice for yourself afterwards...maybe an maybe some nice HAPPY weed...
But then again some people can vibe to horribly sad, depressing stuff... and Mr. E. Smith is about as soul shreddingly, hole in your soul, heart sinkingly depressing stuff out there..
Just about every song can torpedo the heart AND AND THEN, if you know about him and his issues and how deeply, hopelessly lost so far from the refuge of any mental or emotional safe harbor inside of himself he was..... and how it ended. You realize he wasn't just writing sad, depressing shit for a label's idea of image shaping and album sales because darkness and depression was sexy or some stupid shit at the time,..he truly was in agony...and that adds a whole other shitty feeling or sadness while listening....blah...rambling ...yep I be ramblin' Lol.

Anyway, the long ago point I think I was making was.. some people find comfort in listening to stuff like this... maybe they relate in one of many ways and it helps them to not feel alone... or maybe ya just love and respect him as an artist....

Point is NOT WEIRD dude :)
You rock n vibe to what ever whilst shaving... can be quite monotonous ....


Med Otaku

My wife tattled on me today and reported to my grandmother that I relapsed a few months ago. I've been a pin cushion ever since then for the first time in 3 years. And the subs may have kept me off the shit those years but they launched my tolerance higher than I ever thought possible. And just trying to get back on the subs has thus far proven impossible, for the sickness.

3 grand and several grams later, whatever pain I'm trying to heal with medicine isn't capable of dissipating. Maybe it's all the people I had to kill which led to this minor catastrophe, or maybe my grandmother is right in saying it's all the shit I was subjected to which paved the course of my destiny.

In any case, what the fuck do we do now?
And how do we get the ride to stop ?

I want to get off, but I don't want it to end.
That is, I don't want to ride. And I don't want to die.

So, where do we go now?

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Kill Rock Stars

Check out this rare live footage of Elliott's 1999 New Year's Eve performance at The Knitting Factory:


Dykeritz pls

Joey B

this ones for all my brothers who didn't make it through the night.


i hate it but itl be my brother too if he doesnt fucking stop

Ian Gow

miss you derek. you were learning this song

Blue Zek

...aaaand i just realized this entire comment chain is about opiate addiction. Stay safe and stay clean, peeps, being sober beats having a withdrawal countdown hanging over you everyday.

some guy

Respect 👊

Barry Kennedy

I hope all of my brothers make it through the night.

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J. R. H.

Depressing music makes me happy because it feeds the monster.

atomic man

Everybody else too buddy🖕

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