Plainclothes Man
Elliott Smith Lyrics


You're everybody's second home
Always trying to get me alone
An easy way to lose it all
Always there when all else fails
Over by the west side rails

But I don't really need that now
I never really did anyhow
I only really needed alcohol
Something that'll treat me okay
And wouldn't say the things you'd say

Please turn out the light
I get a sick confusion headache trying to figure out who's right

Dreaming on the silver strand
Waking up to plainclothes man
You little bastard, little boy in blue
Someone's gonna get to you
And fuck up everything you do

He's so unhappy inside
He's serious with everyone
And he thinks he'll win you with his angry kiss
Acting like he has no needs
Wanting you to watch him bleed

Made for each other bet you pay me any mind
Just goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover my love of her once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so...

There's something that I'll tell you now
Now that no one else is around
The sort of lesson that I learned from you
Not quite the way you planned
But I know you'll understand

Someone takes a photograph
A picture while their sweetheart laughs
A perfect moment in a flash of light
Counting back from 3 to 1
That's exactly what you've done

And I'm so unsurprised
I remember, I remember why I dream in black & white

Goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover my love of her once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so
I don't think so...

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Miquel

You're everybody's second home
Always trying to get me alone
An easy way to lose it all
Always there when all else fails
Over by the west side rails

But I don't really need that now
I never really did anyhow
I only really needed alcohol
Something that'd treat me okay
And wouldn't say the things you'd say

Please turn out the light
I get a sick confusion headache 
Trying to figure out who's right

Dreaming on the silver strand
Waking up to plainclothes man
You little bastard, little boy in blue
Someone's gonna get to you
And fuck up everything you do

He's so unhappy inside
He's serious with everyone
And he thinks he'll win you with his angry kiss
Acting like he has no needs
Wanting you to watch him bleed

Made for each other bet you pay me any mind
Just goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover my love of her once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so

There's something that I'll tell you now
Now that no one else is around
The sort of lesson that I learned from you
Not quite the way you planned
But I know you'll understand

Someone takes a photograph
A picture while their sweetheart laughs
A perfect moment in a flash of light
Counting back from three till one
That's exactly what you've done

And I'm so 
Unsurprised
I remember, I remember why I dream in black and white
Goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover 
My love of her 
Once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so
I don't think so



Ryan Fry

...Lyrics for this version...

You're everybody's second home
Always trying to get me alone
An easy way to lose it all
Always there when all else fails
Over by the east side rails

I don't really need that now
I never really did anyhow
I only really needed alcohol
Something that'd treat me okay
Wouldn't say the things you'd say

Please turn out the light
I get a sick confusion headache
Trying to figure out who's right

Working on the silver strand
Waking up to plainclothes man
You little bastard, little boy in blue
Someone's gonna get to you
Fuck up everything you do

He's so unhappy inside
He's serious with everyone
He thinks he'll win you with his angry kiss
Acting like he has no needs
Wanting you to watch him bleed

Made for each other
Bet you pay me any mind
Just goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover my love of her once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so

Something that I'll tell you now
Now that no one else is around
A little story that I heard from you
Not quite the way you planned
But I know you'll understand

Someone takes a photograph
A picture while their sweetheart laughs
A perfect moment in a flash of light
Counting back from three till one
Watching all the colors run

Cover up your eyes
I remember, I remember why I dream in black and white
Goes to show my continual decline
They say that I'll recover
My love of her
Once in a while
But I don't know
I don't think so
I don't think so



All comments from YouTube:

doug hart

am i the only one who hears "some european son, hes furious with everyone" at 1:37

AlphaTesting

Been hearing this for fucking YEARS now. Just now scrolled down and found out I wasn't the only one.

Henry De Medina

Because he actually says so

doug hart

@Danielle Marin thank you!!!!

Danielle Marin

It never sounded like "he's so unhappy inside" to me...I gave up trying to understand what he was actually saying there...now that I've read your comment and listened to this part about 5 times, all I can clearly hear is "some European son"...it doesn't even matter that it's nonsensical in relation to the song - this has been solved and I am grateful to you for that.
P.S. After a little more careful consideration, it isn't totally out of the question that "European son" can't be relevant to the song.

scott betkowski

doug hart totally

CHRIS LT

Favorite song by him. He's becoming my favorite musician very fast

seionne85

Have you listened to the version of this he did with heatmiser yet? I didn't really listen to them at first, but once I finally did, I found a few that I actually prefer that version! I'm on the fence on this one, depends on my mood I guess lol

Timothy Wyatt

You still feel that way? For me 20 years later there’s Elliott Smith and the Beatles. Seriously. I am so thankful for the editor that compared our music all those years ago. I don’t have shit on this man and never will. If I only made music for that comparison, so that I could hear Elliott Smith, I am thankful for that.

yungdarko777

Elliott, I’m never gonna know you now, but I’m gonna love you anyhow ❤️

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