King's Crossing
Elliott Smith Lyrics


The big problem is the main attraction
Dominoes are falling in a chain reaction
The scraping subject ruled by fear told me
Whiskey works better than beer

The judge is on vinyl, decisions are final
And nobody gets a reprieve
And every wave is tidal - if you hang around
You're going to get wet
I can't prepare for death any more than I already have
All you can do now is watch the shells
The game looks easy that's why it sells
Frustrated fireworks inside your head

Are going to stand and deliver talk instead
The method acting that pays my bills
Keeps the fat man feeding in beverly hills
I got a heavy metal mouth that hurls obscenity

And I get my check from the trash treasury
'Cause I took my own insides out
It don't matter 'cause I had no sex life
All I want to do now is inject my ex wife

I've seen the movie and I know what happens
It's a Christmas time
And the needles on the tree
A skinny Santa is bringing something to me

His voice is overwhelming, but his speech is slurred
And I only understand every other word
"Open your parachute and grab your gun
Falling down like an omen, a setting sun

Read the part and we turn out fine
It's a hell of a role if you can keep it alive
But I don't care if I fuck up
I'm going on a date with a rich white lady

Ain't life great?
Give me one good reason not to do it
This is a place where time reverses
Dead men talk to all the pretty nurses

Instruments shine on a silver tray
Don't let me be carried away
Don't let me be carried away
Don't let me be carried away

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

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Roiy Benkel

The king's crossing is the main attraction
Dominoes are falling in a chain reaction
The scraping subject ruled by fear told me
Whiskey works better than beer
The judge is on vinyl, decisions are final
And nobody gets a reprieve
And every wave is tidal - if you hang around
You're going to get wet
I can't prepare for death any more than I already have
All you can do now is watch the shells
The game looks easy that's why it sells
Frustrated fireworks inside your head
Are going to stand and deliver talk instead
The method acting that pays my bills
Keeps a fat man feeding in Beverly Hills
I got a heavy metal mouth that hurls obscenity
And I get my check from the trash treasury
Because I took my own insides out
It don't matter ‘cause I have no sex life
All I want to do now is inject my ex wife
I've seen the movie and I know what happens
It's Christmas time
And the needles on the tree
A skinny Santa is bringing something to me
His voice is overwhelming, but his speech is slurred
And I only understand every other word
Open your parachute and grab your gun
Falling down like an omen, a setting sun
Read the part and return at five
It's a hell of a role if you can keep it alive
But I don't care if I fuck up
I'm going on a date with a rich white lady
Ain't life great?
Give me one good reason not to do it
(because I love you)
So do it
This is the place where time reverses
Dead men talk to all the pretty nurses
Instruments shine on a silver tray
Don't let me get carried away
Don't let me get carried away
Don't let me be carried away



LateNightRewrites

No matter how far I make it from my days as a junkie I always come back to Elliott. So much of his later work speaks to that part of me the most clearly.

I don't know why I can't excise that part of me. The hopeless, scared, numb, alone 22 year old. Surrounded by people who love me (unlike most in my position) but unable to see it. I want to cut him out of me and leave him behind but no matter how hard I try he's still there, woven into my soul like a patchwork quilt.

Every few months I come back to these songs and as a result I come back to that part of me. The part of me I don't speak of, that part I can only write about for random internet strangers.

When I listen to songs like this I want to cry, I desperately need to cry, but I can't. And because I can't, that scared, numb 22 year old, the one with so many reasons to live but who lives like he has so many reasons to die, he sticks around in spite of my most fervent wishes. When it's quiet he whispers in my ear that I can put on a suit and tie, I can start a career, but somewhere deep down there will always be a part of me salivating for the chance to bang a needle full of golden brown oblivion straight into the crook of my arm

If you got to the end of this, I am sorry for rambling. I just don't know how to forgive myself and forget. I guess I just needed to put it into words



Matthew Hart

It’s my understanding that it’s all Elliott. To me it sounds like him just speaking in different tones of voice. Almost trying to mimick speaking like other people. If that makes sense. But here’s someone’s interpretation of what he’s saying at the start. I thought these lines were pretty accurate:

Always got my way
I make it bout fate
Love bein down... (thats right)
I'm the wolfman (Head down)
jump out my tree [This may not be accurate]
thought white people followin me
(head down)
put me down
put me
put
(head down)
yeah
whatever you say



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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

Steven Chavez

Kill Rock Stars happy New Years!

rainee june

holy....holy shit. i don't know if I just hit the high point of my life or rock bottom. Edit: I just came back to this comment after three years and saw that a whopping 140 Elliott fans not only watched this video, but went out of their way to come to the comments and like what I had to say. It is incredibly comforting and reassuring to know that there are so many others who get to experience the bliss that Elliott had to offer. Thank you all for reminding me that even if you feel alone, there are always people that have things in common with you and share even the deepest interests. I am beyond glad that he lives forever in my heart and in the hearts of all of you :)

C S

"Thank you all for reminding me that even if you feel alone, there are always people that have things in common with you and share even the deepest interests."
that kind of embodies the entire reason I listen to Elliott. Someone who understands or encapsulates how I feel at the darkest points of my life. I think that's the beautiful thing about him, he was and still is a lighthouse on rocky shores to those who suffer from mental illness/addiction.

Also, your words are well said. Thank you.

Lee Klinedinst

Depends on how high you are

Lamuel J Sackson

Why not both haha

htiek samoht

High point of rock bottom

You're So-Right

that seriously is such a brilliant comment, of such clarity, and description of listening to this song, Elliott and these words and melody. Seriously accurate to a scary level hahaha all the best to ya' Rain. Ya truly feel this song and Elliott clearly. be well

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Dan H

This is one of his darkest songs he wrote, and that's saying something.

matt gray

there's alot.
this, abused, little one, everything means nothing to me, true love..

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