Can't Make a Sound
Elliott Smith Lyrics


I have become a silent movie
The hero killed the clown
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Nobody knows what he's doing
Still hanging around
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

The slow motion moves me
The monologue means nothing to me

Bored in the role, but he can't stop
Standing up to sit back down
Or lose the one thing found
Spinning the world like a toy top
'Til there's a ghost in every town
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Eyes locked and shining
Can't you tell me what's happening?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?

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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

AnotherDeadDisciple

@sour baileyS there is a glimmer, but ask yourself this: does he really want to change? Do you? Do I?
The brutal honesty of Elliott was that hope was balanced with an almost bleak resignation that for whatever thing there was within him that wanted "change," there was an equal part within to subvert it...

Elliott didn't offer hope...he offers a reminder that you are not alone in a world with a mind so focused on acts of self-destruction,despair, and doubt.

Elliott's music is the bridge between lonely and all alone. Hes not trying to fix anything, including himself.
Hes speaking the most difficult truths into existence & reminding us that despair is human & that the darkest and lowest feelings imaginable can create something beautiful a time or three...


That is where the hope comes from...🙂



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I have become a silent movie
The hero killed the clown
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Nobody knows what he's doing
Still hanging around
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

The slow motion moves me 
The monologue means nothing to me

Bored in the role, but he can't stop
Standing up to sit back down
Or lose the one thing found
Spinning the world like a toy top 
'Til there's a ghost in every town
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Eyes locked and shining
Can't you tell me what's happening?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?



Cuz Dud

[C/G]I have become a silent [C#dim]movie
The [Am]hero killed the [D]clown
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound

[C/G]Nobody knows what he's [C#dim]doing
[Am]still hanging a[D]round
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound
can't make a [C#dim]sound

[D]The slow [A]motion [C]moves me [C/B C/A]
the [G]monologue means [B7]nothing to me

[C/G C#dim Am D Am7 B7]

[C/G]Bored in the role, but he [C#dim]Can't stop
standing [Am]up to sit back [D]down
or [A]lose the one thing [B7]found
[C/G]spinning the world like a [C#dim]toy top
'til there's a [Am]ghost in every [D]town
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound
can't make a [C#dim]sound


[D]Eyes [A]locked and [C]shining
[G]can't you tell me [B7]what's happening?

[C G A E Am B]

[C]Why should you [G]want any [A]other[E] when you're a [Am]world within a [B]world? x4

[C G A E Am B] x3



Island

hello, thanx a lot for the chord sheet!!! Good job. Just found a little mistake - there is no C/G - it´s always a Cmaj7 (or Em/C) ... and in the third verse you wrote an A instead of Am. I felt free to correct it. Greetings!

Elliott Smith – Can´t make a sound (Figure 8)

[Cmaj7]I have become a silent [C#dim]movie
The [Am]hero killed the [D]clown
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound

[Cmaj7]Nobody knows what he's [C#dim]doing
[Am]still hanging a[D]round
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound can't make a [C#dim]sound

[D]The slow [A]motion [C]moves me [C/B C/A]
the [G]monologue means [B7]nothing to me
[Cmaj7 C#dim Am D Am7 B7]

[Cmaj7] Bored in the role, but he [C#dim]Can't stop
standing [Am]up to sit back [D]down
or [Am]lose the one thing [B7]found

[Cmaj7]spinning the world like a [C#dim]toy top
'til there's a [Am]ghost in every [D]town
can't make a [Em]sound
can't make a [B7]sound
can't make a [C]sound can't make a [C#dim]sound

[D]Eyes [A]locked and [C]shining
[G]can't you tell me [B7]what's happening?
[C G A E Am B]

[C]Why should you [G]want any [A]other[E] when you're a [Am]world within a [B]world? x4
[C G A E Am B] x3



Kingbopit

Here's my version: I have become a head of depression
The blood was all around
We've lost a sound we've lost a sound we've lost a sound
Somebody knew why this happened
Bags of drugs were on the rug
We've lost a sound we've lost a sound we've lost a sound we've lost a sound
The slow tape pollutes me a monologue will always commit me
Cries in his room still he buys more
Sniff or snort inhale or breathe will always cough and wheeze
Spending his life on some heroin till his misery is found
We've lost a sound we've lost a sound we've lost a sound we've lost a sound
Eyes X'ed and closed suicidal thoughts I suppose
Why should he want any other when he's a drug within a drug?
Why should he want any other when he's a drug within a drug?
Why should he want any other when he's a drug within a drug?
Why should he want any other when he's a drug within a drug? We've lost a sound
Oh yeah oooooo oooooo when he's a drug within a drug we've lost a sound
Oh yeah oooooo oooooo when he's a drug within a drug we've lost a sound
Oooooooo ooooooooooooo when he's a drug within a drug we've lost a sound

Thank you!



All comments from YouTube:

Thomas Hendon

This song makes me hurt. Elliotts music is bittersweet. For some reason, even though I hurt, I can never stop listening to him. I tried. Things got bad because I listened to Either/Or one day and wasn't in a good place in my mind that day. Not blaming Elliott, but it was a direct cause of his lyrics and my instability at the time. His words cut deep. Make me feel all sorts of ways. I'm addicted to his music, that's for damn sure. Love you, Elliott. Slap a star for me. I know you're out there somewhere, floating around writing songs on a space organ or some shit.

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@Sandra Heaton ageeed. i would have kielliot is

Sandra Heaton

@AnotherDeadDisciple What an insightful comment. Thx.

AnotherDeadDisciple

@sour baileyS there is a glimmer, but ask yourself this: does he really want to change? Do you? Do I?
The brutal honesty of Elliott was that hope was balanced with an almost bleak resignation that for whatever thing there was within him that wanted "change," there was an equal part within to subvert it...

Elliott didn't offer hope...he offers a reminder that you are not alone in a world with a mind so focused on acts of self-destruction,despair, and doubt.

Elliott's music is the bridge between lonely and all alone. Hes not trying to fix anything, including himself.
Hes speaking the most difficult truths into existence & reminding us that despair is human & that the darkest and lowest feelings imaginable can create something beautiful a time or three...


That is where the hope comes from...🙂

Casey

maybe its the music trying to tell you something about yourself; just like a bad trip, but at the end something learned.

Danielle Marin

Thomas Hendon, I feel less like a freak after reading this. Thank you.

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ugh thiskid

The first song to make me cry. I'm crying and I'm loving it. I miss you, Elliott. RIP

One thing that really distinguishes Elliott from most other music artists is that he is one of the few to incorporate real emotions into the lyrics of his music. The lyrics to this song and all of his others have a hidden meaning. This is one of the things that so brilliantly keeps me listening. Also, both of my parents (especially my dad) listened to Elliott's music constantly. I was raised by his music. Not only does it bring back old memories, but it creates new ones as well. Elliott is his poet. His lyrics are impressively well-thought-out. And last but not least, his music sounds good, too. Figure 8 is my favorite era of his music because I really like the harmony of the instruments together and the instruments he uses and the aesthetic he creates. It's all so beautiful and depressing. Elliott definitely deserved more praise than he was credited for, but part of me also wants his music to be my little secret. Nevertheless, I have completely fallen in love with the sound of his music. This man was a musical genius with very little recognition whatsoever. I have been listening to Elliot Smith's music my entire life up to this point and will continue to for the rest of my days.

ToFu

@Bettye Machete TMI By using the information of the comment:

Listened to ES in childhood, so can't be really older than 35 and younger than 25. Fav album is Figure 8 and ES got popular in 1998, so it's quite appropriate to assume that that person started listening to ES as kid around 1998 (could also be earlier) and remembers Figure 8 best, maybe was a teen by then. My guess is that the person was born in 1988, was 10 years old in 1998 and 12 or 13 when Figure 8 came out.

My final guess is that the person is 31.

Bettye Machete TMI

How old are you? Just wondered. I love this beautiful comment. I am wondering if your parents are my own age/Elliott's general age. I was on your when he was playing across the street from my show- I never got the chance to see him play. The way you worded this is so moving to me. I wish I was able to do such justice to Elliott Smith and I would be honored to have a child who feels this way about the shy but funny stranger who shared a couple of cigarettes and a half hour between our load in and sound checks... His music ended up being a lot of what saved my life a decade later (I have images of lyrics tattooed on my arms). I hope you are going to be a writer in your own future plans because you've got the gift for it.

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I have become a silent movie
The hero killed the clown
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Nobody knows what he's doing
Still hanging around
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

The slow motion moves me 
The monologue means nothing to me

Bored in the role, but he can't stop
Standing up to sit back down
Or lose the one thing found
Spinning the world like a toy top 
'Til there's a ghost in every town
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound
Can't make a sound

Eyes locked and shining
Can't you tell me what's happening?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?
Why should you want any other when you're a world within a world?

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