Alameda
Elliott Smith Lyrics


You walk down alameda shuffling your deck of trick cards over everyone
Like some precious only son
Face down, bow to the champion

You walk down alameda looking at the cracks in the sidewalk
Thinking about your friends
How you maintain all them in a constant state of suspense

For your own protection over their affection
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start

Walk down alameda brushing off the nightmares you wish
Could plague me when I'm awake
And now you see your first mistake was thinking that you could relate

For one or two minutes she liked you
But the fix is in
You're all pretension
I never pay attention

Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start

Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
If you're alone it must be you that wants to be apart

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Written by: Steven Paul Smith

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Roiy Benkel

You walk down alameda shuffling your deck
Of trick cards over everyone
Like some precious only son
Face down, bow to the champion
You walk down alameda looking at the
Cracks in the sidewalk
Thinking about your friends
How you maintain all them in a constant state of suspense
For your own protection over their affection
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Walk down alameda brushing off the nightmare you wish
Could plague me when I'm awake
And now you see your first mistake was thinking that you could relate
For one or two minutes she liked you
But the fix is in
You're all pretension
I never pay attention
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own because you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
If you're alone it must be you that wants to be apart



Raptor

You walk down Alameda shuffling your deck of trick cards over everyone
Like some precious only son
Face down, bow to the champion
You walk down Alameda looking at the cracks in the sidewalk, thinking about your friends
How you maintain all them in a constant set of suspense

For your own protection, over their affection
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own 'cos you can't finish what you start

Walk down Alameda brushing off the nightmares you wish could plague me when I'm awake
So now you see your first mistake was thinking that you could relate
For one or two minutes she liked you
But the fix is in

You're all pretension, I never pay attention
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own 'cos you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own 'cos you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
You broke your own 'cos you can't finish what you start
Nobody broke your heart
If you're alone, it must be you that wants to be apart



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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

John Nihil

I didn't know there was an expanded version of Either Or until just now

Nickolas Muilaert

What I love about this song is that he not only creates an image with his lyrics, but the whole rhythm of the song makes me feel like I’m walking down Alameda.

Ismael Garrido

I heared this while I was walking through the Alameda of Santiago de Chile 🇨🇱 . Xoxo elliott fans around the world

Brian Thompson

Your music changed my life. Gave me hope when I had none. And most importantly helped me realize that I wasn't alone. That somebody had the same demons and hurdles. You helped me love myself. Thank you Elliott. Thank you so much

Johanna Gustavsson

Oh so beautiful 💗✨

Jane J

It's so interesting to see people who were NOT opiate addicts in PDX at turn of century, don't know Portland at all in fact, yet still are so deeply moved sans all that memory and weight.... It's universal I guess! Pain ... Nostalgic way of looking back at that suffering and in beauty in the decay around us.... Portland IS ...or was... this SOUND.... Elliot was partly down on his own talent because he was surround by good friends with just as much or more who didn't get lucky with fame, but he played shoulder to shoulder with, know what I mean? Especially then, and until 2010, Portland was awesome with homeless, dirty, heroin addicted.... And unimaginable talented musicians... Many you might still meet at CODA....

kidkkr

I felt either. He was a true poet.

Dwayne Wegley

Most people probably think his music was depressing but I find joy in it. It actually makes me happy listening to it. Maybe people that have had a hard life can relate.

TobySkateFilms

I feel you guys, but I can not listen to Elliott anymore since that day. It only reminds me of the sadness that he had to get me through.
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Which I guess reminds me of the sadness I am not feeling, which I now don’t feel. I guess what I mean is yes. I agree.

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