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Waltz #2
by Elliott Smith

First the mic then a half cigarette
Singing cathy's clown
That's the man that she's married to now
That's the girl that he takes around town

She appears composed, so she is, I suppose
Who can really tell?
She shows no emotion at all
Stares into space like a dead china doll

I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow
Now she's done and they're calling someone
Such a familiar name
I'm so glad that my memory's remote

'Cause I'm doing just fine hour to hour, note to note
Here it is, the revenge to the tune,
"You're no good,
You're no good you're no good you're no good"

Can't you tell that it's well understood?
I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow
I'm here today and expected to stay on and on and on
I'm tired

I'm tired
Looking out on the substitute scene
Still going strong
XO, mom

It's ok, it's alright, nothing's wrong
Tell mr. man with impossible plans to just leave me alone
In the place where I make no mistakes
In the place where I have what it takes

I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow
I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow
I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Steven Paul Smith

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This song made me forget that I wanted to kill myself. It's weird, but in my heroin-infused haze, these words resonated deep within myself and because I knew someone else felt the same agony allowed me to take another step forward. That was a step Elliott never got to take. Love you brother. Rest in peace.

the worker hours

it is funny. I tried to kill myself because I wasn't able to write properly the English language a couple years ago. but look at you. your grammar is amazing.

Kevin Sheeran

squadalawereoff1 please don’t say That. It’s not true


@Jeff Horsager Hey man, just wanted to let you know this comment of yours had a profound impact on me. I feel exactly the same way.


@squadalawereoff1 that's the trap depression and self pity sets for you, and right now you're walking right into it.

Everyone's life is better without you? Either that's false, in which case open your eyes and see how the people closest to you made a place in their heart for you and without you they would be devastated, regardless of any tension or fights you've gotten into with them, or it's true, in which case fk the people you're around, your life is yours and yours alone. If there isn't a mutually caring relationship between you and those around you then you're not with the right people.

Easy to say? Sure it is. But I've been in the same boat and I had a mix of the two, and I'm guessing you do too. Once I understood how much I mean to some people (regardless of my personal shit and how I'd wronged them in the past) and how little I meant to others (forget them anyways) I decided to stop fighting with myself and to do what it took to return the love to those who care about me.

It won't always be like this, I promise. You just have to understand that your life is yours to live, and at the end of the day you are responsible only to yourself


Wish I could relate but I genuinely believe everyone's life is better without me

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Lu Lu

Today would've been Elliott Smith's 50th birthday

The One


Elijah Elenburg

I share the same birthday as elliot. I make it a point to listen to him every year on that day.

Johannes de Vreeze

I've known the man since 10 minutes

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