Needle in the Hay
Elliott Smith Lyrics


Your hand on his arm
The hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check

He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
He's wearing yr clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you

You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye

You're pulling him through
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth

Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my break
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok

I can't beat myself
I can't beat myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet

Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

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Written by: Steven P. Smith

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ninosg's

Your hand on his arm
The hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check
He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
He's wearing yr clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you
You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye
You're pulling him through
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth
Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my break
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok
I can't beat myself
I can't beat myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet
Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay



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Lyrics:

Your hand on his arm
Haystack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check
He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

He's wearing your clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you
You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye
You're pulling him through

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Now on the bus
Nearly touching this sturdy retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth
Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus the one in my brain
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all OK

I can't be myself
I can't be myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet
Wherever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay



Ayediti

Needle in the Hay

Elliott Smith

Your hand on his arm
The hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check

He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
He's wearing yr clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you

You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye

You're pulling him through
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth

Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my break
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok

I can't beat myself
I can't beat myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet

Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay



kelsey stichmann

Your hand on his arm
The hay stack charm around your neck
Strung out and thin
Calling some friend trying to cash some check

He's acting dumb
That's what you've come to expect
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
He's wearing yr clothes
Head down to toes a reaction to you

You say you know what he did
But you idiot kid
You don't have a clue
Sometimes they just get caught in the eye

You're pulling him through
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Now on the bus
Nearly touching this dirty retreat
Falling out 6th and Powell a dead sweat in my teeth

Gonna walk walk walk
Four more blocks plus one in my break
Down downstairs to the man
He's gonna make it all ok

I can't beat myself
I can't beat myself
And I don't want to talk
I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet

Whenever I want
So leave me alone
You ought to be proud that I'm getting good marks
Needle in the hay

Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay
Needle in the hay



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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

Mona Eid

😂

Jo Sharpe

No.

chelseybabyyy

Richie's attempt in The Royal Tenenbaums was one of the most realistic and well done scenes in my opinion. Using this song for that scene was perfect.

Jonas Häberlein

The whole movie is perfect

Matt Butters

I'd like to think there's a scene out there with an alternate ending of Needle in the Hay instead of a suicide attempt but Anderson's use of the song, although upsetting to Smith, fits perfectly. Anderson then drops these lines in the hospital, "Dudley, where is he?" ......... "Who?". It was my favorite movie at the time and it's long overdue for a re-watch. Oddly enough, I'm just getting into Elliot Smith's music today and it's like discovering plutonium by accident :)

Jennie Kingwell

Yes a truly heartbreaking perfect scene ❤

Mr Happy

Unfortunately yes. What one sees in The mirror isn't what some individual's see. Let alone feel.

sonchik

This song surely hits different, but my favorite part is when he sings “I can’t be myself and I don’t wanna talk”. Such a simple way to put it and yet you can feel the quiet despair behind these words. Reminds me of my high school years, when I was lonely, burned out and somewhat suicidal. I couldn’t be myself and I didn’t want to talk…

sonchik

@Daigoro moved away to attend uni. It allowed me to leave my toxic household behind and kind of start anew. That was my only goal in life, I genuinely thought that if I stay in my hometown for another year I’ll kill myself. Plus, uni is infinitely better than high school: more freedom, less pressure. No one knew me there and I didn’t have to play the role of a “smart responsible kid” that got me so burned out in the first place. It helped me realize that I’m actually a likable person and people do want to be friends with me, which was mind boggling. So yeah, it’s probably not wise to hope that changing the setting will finally make your life right, I still carry plenty of problems with me wherever I go, but sometimes you can’t win the battle without external resources.

Also I went to therapy.

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