Don't Go Down
Elliott Smith Lyrics


I met a girl
Snowball in hell
She's as hard
And as cracked as a liberty bell
And I got her to
Come on and move in with me
And I said I'll find a better place
Where we can spend eternity
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Her mother called me a thief
And her dad
Was a total commander and chief
I fall in love with my love
But I knew the kind of worthlessness we have to raise above
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
She had a dream
Woke up in shock
She had seen
Her own body outlined in chalk
No fingerprints were found on the gun
And her ghost leaned down to kiss me
With a message from the sun
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay

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Written by: STEVEN P. SMITH

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Miss Lemon

I met a girl, a snowball in hell
She was hard and as cracked as the Liberty Bell
I got her to come on and move in with me
And I said I'd find a better place we could spend eternity

Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay

Her mama called me a thief
And her dad called himself commander-in-chief
I fought him off with my love
But I knew the sense of worthlessness she'd have to rise above

Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay

She had a dream, woke up in shock
She had seen her own body outlined in chalk
I split the scene, the globe 'd been spun
And her ghost beamed down to kiss me with a message from the sun

Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay



Roiy Benkel

I met a girl
Snowball in hell
She was hard
And as cracked as the liberty bell
I got her to
Come on and move in with me
And I said I'd find a better place
We could spend eternity
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Her mama called me a thief
And her dad called himself
Commander in chief
I fought him off with my love
But I knew the sense of worthlessness she would have to raise above
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
She had a dream
Woke up in shock
She had seen
Her own body outlined in chalk
I split the scene the globe been spun
And her ghost leaned down to kiss me
With a message from the sun
Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay
Don't go down
Stay with me, baby stay



All comments from YouTube:

Jack L

People don't talk enough about how genius the guitar is in this album. The sense of turmoil that eases into security and then back again is all driven by those "out of tune" guitars, as critics put it. Also, the acoustic guitar in Memory Lane and The Last Hour are killer.

Roman Kalyniuk

layers upon layers

Dionysoshaman

The guitar solo from 'Real estate' is a neat one as well . And 'Almost Over' shines out

Andy Trullinger

This song is sonically crushing. The guitars on this record are ridiculous. The mix is the work of a madman.

Gian Garcia

His songwriting ability was second to none...

Miss Lemon

I met a girl, a snowball in hell
She was hard and as cracked as the Liberty Bell
I got her to come on and move in with me
And I said I'd find a better place we could spend eternity

Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay

Her mama called me a thief
And her dad called himself commander-in-chief
I fought him off with my love
But I knew the sense of worthlessness she'd have to rise above

Don't go down
Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay

She had a dream, woke up in shock
She had seen her own body outlined in chalk
I split the scene, the globe 'd been spun
And her ghost beamed down to kiss me with a message from the sun

Don't go down
Stay with me
Baby, stay

ugh thiskid

Is this song about him, like he is the girl in this scenario?

Danielle Marin

I know this guy was a song writing machine but I will never even pretend to begin to understand what place he is coming from in some of his songs. Sometimes his heart is clearly on his sleeve and he is urgent enough to not mince words and just lays it out there.
But then there are songs like this one. Or is it just merely some songs are persona for him, and others are just story-telling and fantasy and he is using his amazing creative ability?
(I guess I was being nosy and wondering who the chick was with this song and wow, maybe someone could have written a memoir?)

Miss Lemon

Couldn't really say. Both of those ideas are reasonable to me. The lyrics could also mean an emotional death of some kind, like she gave up on herself, the relationship. The lyrics do seem to convey a suicidal notion. It's interesting to consider. I don't like to make assumptions.

Sean Maddox

The second to the last stanze is beautiful, but I can't get a grasp on it. Is he saying she killed herself? Is he saying he left her?

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