Rose Parade
Elliott Smith Lyrics


You asked me to come down and watch the parade
To march down the street like the Duracell bunny
But we get away from the cavalcade
Throwing out candy that looks like money
To people passing by
They'd all seem to be going the other way

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

Tripped over a dog in a choke-chain collar
People were shouting and pushing and saying
They'd traded a smoke for a food stamp dollar

Ridiculous marching band started playing
Got me singing along
With some half-hearted victory song

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

The trumpet has obviously been drinking
Cause he's fucking up even the simplest lines
You say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
It's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine
When they clean the street, I'll be the only shit that's left behind

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Steven Paul Smith

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Cuz Dud

Intro: [D - A - E - G x2]

They [D]asked me to [A]come down and [E]watch the pa[G]rade to [D]march down the [A]street like the [E]Duracell [G]bunny

With a [D]wink and a [A]wave from the [E]caval[G]cade [D]Throwing out [A]candy that [E]looks like [G]money [F#]To people passing [Bm]by that all [A]seem to be [E]going the [G]other way[F#]

so won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade?

Tripped [D]over a [A]dog in a [E]choke chain [G]collar [D]People were [A]shouting and [E]pushing and [G]saying when I [D]traded a [A]smoke for a [E]food stamp [G]dollar a [D]ridiculous [A]marching [E]band started [G]playing [F#]got me singing a[Bm]long with [A]some half-[E]hearted [G]victory song [F#]

Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? won't you [F#]follow me [Bm]down to the [A] rose pa[E]rade? [G]

The [D]trumpet has [A]obvious[E]ly been [G]drinking cause he's [D]fucking up [A]even the [E]simplest [G]lines I'd [D]say it's a [A]sight that's [E]quite worth [G]seeing it's just that [D]everyone's [A]interest is [E]stronger than [G]mine and [F#]when they clean the [Bm]street I'll be the [A]only [E]shit that's [G]left behind [F#]

Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? Won't you [F#]follow me [Bm]down to the [A] rose pa[E]rade? [G]



Roiy Benkel

They asked me to come down and watch the parade
And to march down the street like the Duracell bunny
With a wink and a wave from the cavalcade
Throwing out candy that looks like money
To people passing by that all seem to be going the other way
Said won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
Tripped over a dog in a choke-chain collar
People were shouting and pushing and saying
And when I traded a smoke for a food stamp dollar
A ridiculous marching band started playing
And got me singing along with some half-hearted victory song
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
The trumpet has obviously been drinking
Because he's fucking up even the simplest lines
I'd say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
It's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine
And when they clean the street I'll be the only shit that's left behind
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
Won't you follow me down to the rose parade?



Clock Work Shang

You asked me to come down and watch the parade
To march down the street like the Duracell bunny
But we get away from the cavalcade
Throwing out candy that looks like money
To people passing by
They'd all seem to be going the other way

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

Tripped over a dog in a choke-chain collar
People were shouting and pushing and saying
They'd traded a smoke for a food stamp dollar

Ridiculous marching band started playing
Got me singing along
With some half-hearted victory song

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

The trumpet has obviously been drinking
Cause he's fucking up even the simplest lines
You say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
It's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine
When they clean the street, I'll be the only shit that's left behind

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?



Mateo Samora

Who else is here on 1/1 for their fix of this song? Only Elliott could make a parade sound like a beautiful bummer...

they asked me to come down and watch the parade
and to march down the street like the duracell bunny
with a wink and a wave from the cavalcade
throwing out candy that looks like money
to people passing by that all seem to be going the other way
said won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
tripped over a dog in a choke-chain collar
people were shouting and pushing and saying
and when i traded a smoke for a food stamp dollar
a ridiculous marching band started playing
and got me singing along with some half-hearted victory song
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
the trumpet has obviously been drinking
because he's fucking up even the simplest lines
i'd say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
it's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine
and when they clean the street i'll be the only shit that's left behind
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?
won't you follow me down to the rose parade?



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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

Erik Lewis

I care about Elliot Smiths' work

Clarke Calm

Thanks for putting all these songs on youtube.

J. A. Antón

I love this song, Elliott and all the people who are listening to this at the moment. Hugs!

Ana Lazovic

hugs!

Clyde

Thank you

Candace Evans

Thanks...needed that

Jackson Priest

J. A. Antón Elliott loves you too

Britta Mariella

sending hugs from rainy Berlin to you in quarantine! and to everyone else who is listening to this wonderful song right now.
forever Elliott <3

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Cuz Dud

Intro: [D - A - E - G x2]

They [D]asked me to [A]come down and [E]watch the pa[G]rade to [D]march down the [A]street like the [E]Duracell [G]bunny

With a [D]wink and a [A]wave from the [E]caval[G]cade [D]Throwing out [A]candy that [E]looks like [G]money [F#]To people passing [Bm]by that all [A]seem to be [E]going the [G]other way[F#]

so won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade?

Tripped [D]over a [A]dog in a [E]choke chain [G]collar [D]People were [A]shouting and [E]pushing and [G]saying when I [D]traded a [A]smoke for a [E]food stamp [G]dollar a [D]ridiculous [A]marching [E]band started [G]playing [F#]got me singing a[Bm]long with [A]some half-[E]hearted [G]victory song [F#]

Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? won't you [F#]follow me [Bm]down to the [A] rose pa[E]rade? [G]

The [D]trumpet has [A]obvious[E]ly been [G]drinking cause he's [D]fucking up [A]even the [E]simplest [G]lines I'd [D]say it's a [A]sight that's [E]quite worth [G]seeing it's just that [D]everyone's [A]interest is [E]stronger than [G]mine and [F#]when they clean the [Bm]street I'll be the [A]only [E]shit that's [G]left behind [F#]

Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? Won't you [D]follow me [A]down to the [E]rose pa[G]rade? Won't you [F#]follow me [Bm]down to the [A] rose pa[E]rade? [G]

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