2:45 AM
Elliott Smith Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

In "2:45 AM," Elliott Smith delves into the emotions of a person who is sleepwalking through memories, as they become overwhelmed with the past. The lyrics focus on the frustration and pain that come with trying to escape from a traumatic experience. The first verse of the song establishes the idea of memories speaking through the mute. The singer of the song is attempting to get away from negative memories of their boss, and the person that they once loved.


In the second verse, the lyrics delve into the idea of being unsatisfied and trying to overcome those feelings. The singer is holding on to whatever is around, whether that means the highs or crushing lows. They are searching for someone to blame for the pain and hurt with hidden cracks that constantly grow. The singer feels attacked by somebody who ridiculed and hurt them, while everyone else stood by and laughed. However, in the end, the singer splits themselves back in two to escape and move on from the hurtful memories.


Overall, "2:45 AM" portrays a relatable story of trying to escape memories of abuse and suffocating feelings of hurt that have affected the singer’s life. It's a powerful song about confronting trauma, expressing anger, and breaking free.


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Line by Line Meaning

I'm going out sleepwalking
I am aimlessly wandering through the night


Where mute memories start talking
Where dormant memories resurface and haunt me


The boss that couldn't help but hurt you
The person with power who was incapable of being kind to you


And the pretty thing he made desert you
And the beautiful object of desire that left you stranded and alone


I'm going out now like a baby
I am leaving with no plan or direction, like an infant


A name unsatisfiable baby
An insatiable being that cannot be appeased


Grabbing onto whatever's around
Holding onto anything that is within reach


For the soaring high or the crushing down
To experience intense emotions, whether positive or negative


With hidden cracks that don't show
With internal flaws that are not visible to others


But that constantly just grow
But those flaws are constantly increasing in severity


I'm looking for the man that attacked me
I am searching for the person who caused me harm in the past


While everybody was laughing at me
Even though others were mocking me or not offering support


You beat it in me that part of you
You instilled a destructive part of yourself in me


But I'm gonna split us back in two
But I am determined to separate myself from that harmful influence


Tired of living in a cloud
Exhausted from living in a state of confusion and uncertainty


If you're gonna say shit now you'll do it out loud
If you have something negative to say, say it directly to me


It's 2:45 in the morning
It is very late at night


And I'm putting myself on warning
And I am cautioning myself about my actions


For waking up in an unknown place
For feeling lost and uncertain about my surroundings


With a recollection you've half erased
With only partial memories of what occurred


Looking for somebody's arms to
Seeking comfort from someone


Wave away past harms
To help ease the pain of past traumas


I'm walking out on center circle
I am leaving the center of my current situation


The both of you can just fade to black
Both of you can disappear from my life


Been pushed away and I'll never go back
I have been rejected and will not return to that situation




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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

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.



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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

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. 

Coyote Ailstock

Your not alone. It does close the song good I think.

Coyote Ailstock

***** Well said.

Benji Banks

Alex Rodgers I've always felt the same thing. Totally unexpected but adds something indescribable to the song..

amy hannaford

same here

George McCann

Bringing percussion in in those last few moments of the song amplify the desperation bleeding through the lyrics. Simply perfect orchestration. Elliott Smith was a genius.

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Jennifer May

I really love the comment section on Elliott songs. They tend to be loving and filled with how his music has touched peoples' lives. Much <3 to all other fans out there.

Championette

Jennifer May
Love and light to you, friend. 💜✨

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