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Elliott Smith Lyrics


I'm going out sleepwalking
Where mute memories start talking
The boss that couldn't help but hurt you
And the pretty thing he made desert you

I'm going out now like a baby
A name unsatisfiable baby
Grabbing onto whatever's around
For the soaring high or the crushing down
With hidden cracks that don't show
But that constantly just grow
I'm looking for the man that attacked me
While everybody was laughing at me

You beat it in me that part of you
But I'm gonna split us back in two
Tired of living in a cloud
If you're gonna say shit now you'll do it out loud

It's 2:45 in the morning
And I'm putting myself on warning
For waking up in an unknown place
With a recollection you've half erased

Looking for somebody's arms to
Wave away past harms
I'm walking out on center circle
The both of you can just fade to black

I'm walking out on center circle
Been pushed away and I'll never go back

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

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Charles Saini

I'm going out sleepwalking

Where mute memories start talking

The boss that couldn't help but hurt you

And the pretty thing he made desert you

I'm going out like a baby

A naive unsatisfiable baby

Grabbing onto whatever's around

For the soaring high or the crushing down

Hidden cracks that don't show

But that constantly just grow

Looking for the man that attacked me

While everybody was laughing at me

You beat it in me, that part of you

But I'm gonna split us back in two

Tired of living in a cloud

If you're gonna say shit now you'll do it out loud

It's 2:45 in the morning

And I'm putting myself on warning

For waking up in an unknown place

With a recollection you've half-erased

Looking for somebody's arms

To wave away past harm

Walking out on Center Circle

Both of you can just fade to black

Walking out on Center Circle

Been pushed away and I'll never come back



True Funk Soul

I hear these slight adjustments which all affect the meanings of the lines:

You're going out sleepwalking
And the pretty thing you made desert you
With hidden cracks that don't show
I'm looking for the man that attacked me
If you're gonna say shit now you do it out loud
With a recollection you half erased *
To wave away past harms
The both of you can just fade to black

* only one I'm not sure about, the others are plain as day.



Cuz Dud

[(Riff) Em - C - G x4]

[Em]I'm going [C]out sleepwal[G]king
where [Em]mute memo[C]ries start talk[G]ing
the [Em]boss that couldn't [C]help but hurt [G]you
and the [Em]pretty thing you [C]made desert [G]you

I'm [Em]going out now [C]like a ba[G]by
a na[Em]ive unsatis[C]fiable ba[G]by
[Em]grabbing onto what[C]ever's aro[G]und
for the [Em]soaring high or the [C]crushing do[G]wn

[A7]With hidden cracks that don't [Am]show
but [D]that constantly just [C]grow

I'm [Em]looking for the [C]man that attacked [G]me
while [Em]everybody was [C]laughing at [G]me
you [Em]beat it in me that [C]part of [G]you
but I'm [Em]gonna split us [C]back in tw[G]o

[A7]Tired of living in a [Am]cloud
if you're gonna [D]say shit now you'll do it out [C]loud

[Em]It's 2:4[C]5 in the morn[G]ing
and I'm [Em]putting my[C]self on warn[G]ing
for [Em]waking up in an [C]unknown pla[G]ce
with a [Em]recollection you [C]half era[G]sed

[A7]Looking for somebody's [Am]arms to
[D]wave away past [C]harms

I'm [Em]walking out on [C]center cir[G]cle
the [Em]both of you can just [C]fade to bl[G]ack
I'm [Em]walking out on [C]center cir[G]cle
been [Em]pushed away and I'll [C]never go b[G]ack

[Em C G x4]



John Arundell

You're going out sleepwalking
Where mute memories start talking
The boss that couldn't help but hurt you
And the pretty thing you made desert you

I'm going out like a baby
A naive, unsatisfiable baby
Grabbing on to whatever's around
For the soaring high or the crushing down

With hidden cracks that don't show, but
That constantly just grow

I'm looking for the man that attacked me
While everybody was laughing at me
You beat it in me, that part of you
But I'm gonna split us back in two

I'm tired of living in a cloud
If you're gonna say shit now, you do it out loud

It's 2.45 in the morning
And I'm putting myself on warning
For waking up in an unknown place
With a recollection you half erased

Looking for somebody's arms
To wave away past harms

I'm walking out on Center Circle *
The both of you can just fade to black
I'm walking out on Center Circle
Been pushed away and I'll never come back

* I finally found out what this is thanks to a comment below which said it's a street in Portland. Some lyric sites and other attempts to transcribe the lyrics have this as "sinner's circle" whatever that is (in their defense it does sound exactly the same) but I looked it up and interestingly there is an Elliott Ave (complete with double t) which goes through it on both sides of a diagonal section with Center Circle in the middle. I wonder if Elliott got his new name from here when he changed it from Steven, but I'm not sure if he was even in Portland yet when he changed it. The guy who designed the layout of the streets in the pattern named them all for trees except for Ladd (him) and Elliott, which was his wife's maiden name, for the two main avenues which lead to Center Circle. So maybe Elliott Smith is called Elliott Smith because of some lady in the 1890s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladd%27s_Addition



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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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6KwzgIePF4Dy7347Om6Ijcsr4vh6JJjP

Five Hour Energy

Kill Rock Stars thanks so much I love some rare Elliott footage 🦷

Alex Rodgers

The fact that the drums come in with less than a minute left in the song is one of my favorite musical moments. It is just something that adds so much personality to the song.  I can't really describe why it is so great but that's sort of how Elliott is all the time. 

Chill Bill

One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time.

cherry_amour_apparel

https://genius.com/videos/Why-frank-oceans-nights-gives-you-goosebumps
this video kind of explains it. the switch takes what is already a awesome track and amplifies it.

MarkOfTheNorth

Alex Rodgers Especially when you know it’s coming.....and it finally tumbles in.

Andrew Ryan

Truly, a genius. Fits so well and totally puts a stamp and exclamation point on an incredible track!

Michelle P

it's my favorite part of this song, so good!

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Rachel Heilig

I named my son after him. A bit morbid? Maybe.
Elliott Smith saved my life the same way my son has saved my life time and time again. So it's fitting.

Calvin Walker

Just be sure to tell your son that if it ever comes up so he doesn't get the wrong idea. Lots of weight behind Elliott's story.

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