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Roman Candle
Elliott Smith Lyrics


He played himself
Didn't need me to give him hell
He could be cool and cruel to you and me
Knew we'd put up with anything

I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain
I'm a roman candle
My head is full of flames

I'm hallucinating
Hallucinating
I hear you cry your tears
Cheap wet hot red swollen cheeks
Fall asleep

I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain
I'm a roman candle
My head is full of flames

I want to hurt him
I want to hurt him
I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain

Make him feel this pretty burn

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: STEVEN P. SMITH

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Roiy Benkel

He played himself
Didn't need me to give him hell
He could be cool and cruel to you and me
Knew we'd put up with anything
I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain
I'm a roman candle
My head is full of flames
I'm hallucinating
Hallucinating
I hear you cry
Your tears are cheap
Wet hot red swollen cheeks
Fall asleep
I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain
I'm a roman candle
My head is full of flames
I want to hurt him
I want to hurt him
I want to hurt him
I want to give him pain
And make him feel this pretty burn



Cuz Dud

[Bsus4]

[Bm]He [C#7]played him[G]self
sidn't need [Bm]me to [C#7]give him [G]hell[A]
he could be [Bm]cool and [C#7]cruel to [G]you and [A]me
knew we'd put [Bm]up with [C#7]any[G]thing [Em7]

[Bm]I [D]want to [Em7]hurt him
I [Bm]want to [D]give him [Em7]pain
I'm a [Bm]r[D]oman [Em7]candle
my [Bm]head is [D]full of [Em7]flames [G]

I'm ha[Bm]llu[C#7]ci[G]na[A]ting
ha[Bm]llu[C#7]ci[G]na[A]ting
I [Bm]hear [C#7]you [G]cry your [A]tears
[G]cheap wet hot [Bm]red swollen [C#7]cheeks
Fall [D]a[G]sleep

[Bm]I [D]want to [Em7]hurt him
I [Bm]want to [D]give him [Em7]pain
I'm a [Bm]r[D]oman [Em7]candle
My [Bm]head is [D]full of [Em7]flames [G]
I [Bm]want[D] to [Em7]hurt him[G]
I [Bm]want[D] to [Em7]hurt him[G]
I [Bm]want[D] to [Em7]hurt him[G]
I [Bm]want to [D]give him [Em7]pain[Em7/F# - G - A]

[Bm - C#7 - G - A x2] [Bm - C#7 - G - G - Em7]

Make him [D5]feel this pretty *[Cadd9]burn

[G - Em7 - D - Cadd9 - G - Em7] [D5 - Cadd9 - G - Em7 X2] [D - Cadd9]



*detune low E to C



All comments from YouTube:

Joseph Wichman

he made the electric guitar sound like a wavering flame, that's pretty great!

Justin Law

@John Parson
Absolutely brilliant realization

Connor Hough

Tonal painting

John Parson

@k j I'd bet ES meant it both ways, but the context of the lyrics don't connect on being oppressed and burned at the stake. Vengeance, retribution, losing your temper and exploding in anger. But maybe he meant it also as its torture to have that anger burning you alive... I only we could ask him his intentions.

k j

​@John Parson The original usage was a form of torture which supposedly began with Roman emperor Nero putting on shows/punishing people who he accused of arson even though many believe he himself was responsible for the fire. He tried to keep people alive as long possible while burning them. Covering them in sticks and tar and setting them alight. As for the etymology of the word. At the time they obviously weren't called roman candles, but arguably the firework's name is a reference to what went on during Nero's reign.

John Parson

@k j Etymology disagrees as does modern day definition. It's a metaphor. "My head is full of flames".
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/26bec4/why_are_roman_candles_called_roman_candles_what/

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33 rotiaR

I tell you, I've never heard a song that expresses what true anger feels like in such a pure and visceral way as this one. He completeley captured this feeling of being completely blinded by rage and fury against someone that the only thing you want is to see them suffer. It's a really dark but undeniably human impulse that you don't see very often outside extreme music like metal and such.

CT

elliott smith is my all time favorite artist

Edmond the bunny

@AlphabetTown man my playlist is just Elliott Smith

AlphabetTown

Sometimes i feel embarrassed that 3/4 of my playlist is Elliott Smith. Hahahahaa

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