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

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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



FRANCISCO ARMIJO

I am not a specialist in anything, but I am still going to recommend things:

1.- Every person has problems and every person has a personal history.
2.- You have to accept the past as necessary. If you deny your past, you end up denying yourself (if you didn't have your particular past, you wouldn't be you). I'm not saying it's easy, but I'm pretty convinced that in order to make sense of the things you do now, you must first have the past more or less reconciled (you can always work on this).
3.- Try to think about your best virtue and orient the things you do according to this virtue (this point goes hand in hand with the previous one).
4.- You must know that you, as a subject, do not exist independently of the world, just as the world does not exist independently of the subject. The world has influenced what you are, because you seek recognition from the world. But the world cannot determine what you are, for the reason that only you know your personal history fully. As you do not know, so the world does not know.

Opinion: Every emotional problem can be seen as a logical problem. You should aim to be honest with yourself and try to make your actions consistent with your thinking of what is right. Being and thinking, need and freedom, etc. should not appear to be in opposition to each other, but should try to come together.
Ex: To the extent that you accept your past as necessary, you have, at the same time, more freedom, because you are more aware of the problem and how to solve it.

Eating habits:
-eating brown sugar
-try to drink only water
-Eat cauliflower and broccoli.



rafecolii

Lyrics:

The King's crossing was the main attraction
Dominoes 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, it 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
And all I wanna 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 wife lady
Ain't life great?

Give me one good reason not to do it
(Because we love you)
So do it

This is the place where time reverses
And 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



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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!

The Ghost Diaries

This song is a masterpiece.

Chungs

Hurts just as much as the first time I listened to it years and years ago.

Tyler

The "give me one good reason not to do it" line always gives me chills.

moustachio334

It was his sister. The family suspected the girlfriend of murdering Elliott but nothing was made of it legally sadly

moustachio334

Elliott’s sister added in the line “because we love you” posthumous, makes it that much more tragic

SmittenKitten

@Paulo Veras I always heard that it was his girlfriend who sings that line?

chimarleywai

I’m not crying you’re crying

Paulo Veras

There's a hidden "I love you", I think from his sister, after that line.

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