Strung Out Again
Elliott Smith Lyrics


You get what you see
I saw a rich fuck giving charity
Saw an evil emperor
Wearing my clothes

They're far from the best
But they might suit you better than the rest
Just looking in the mirror
Will make you a brave man
I know my place
Hate my face
I know how I begin
And how I'll end
Strung out again

Was a parliament of owls
Fly over a city of canals
Floating on the body
Floating in the Dalles

You get what you see
But some things they just change invisibly
I don't know where I'm going
And I don't even want to know

They're far from the best
But they might suit you better than the rest
Just looking in the mirror
Will make you a brave man

Standing, smiling
On some fantasy island
Looking at my lost reflection again
But a tide's coming in
And I'm strung out again
Strung out again

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Written by: STEVEN P. SMITH

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Angel Cardozo AR

"You get what you see
I saw a rich fuck giving charity
Saw an evil emperor
Wearing my clothes

They're far from the best
But they might suit you better than the rest
Just looking in the mirror
Will make you a brave man

I know my place
Hate my face
I know how I begin
And how I'll end
Strung out again

Was a parliament of owls
Fly over a city of canals
Floating on the body
Floating in the Dalles

You get what you see
But some things they just change invisibly
I don't know where I'm going
And I don't even want to know

I know my place
Hate my face
I know how I begin
And how I'll end
Strung out again

Standing, smiling
On some fantasy island
Looking at my lost reflection again
But a tide's coming in
And I'm strung out again
Strung out again"


Steven P. Smith (Elliott)



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mywhychromosome

This is my favorite Elliott record, and this is one of the songs where the full on Beatles-White-Album noisy-guitar rock-band sound he was attempting to combine with his typically delicate acoustic songwriting really had a chance to flourish. Some of the tracks didn't have time to be layered all the way before his death, but on this one...god those surging guitars wailing illogically around a seemingly calm voice singing out "waving at my lost reflection again/tide's coming in/and I'm strung out again"...it's a real musical moment. One to come back to, if you have the strength.

mywhychromosome

@Sara Barrett That's awesome that you got to see early performances of these songs...I would've loved that. In terms of his goal with the sonics of the album...I'm not saying you're wrong, but just that everything I have read has referred in some way to him trying to bring in a lot of noise, distortion, imperfection...from the detuning of guitars [heard most obviously on "Coast"], to working with McConnell, to his insistence that Rob Schnapf NOT touch the record...although he eventually did mix it...I always had the impression he was bringing in some beautiful chaos. Don't get me wrong, I love me some earlier, hushed Elliott, but...this is my fav record of his. And it's because of that combo

Sara Barrett

I saw him debut these songs at a KCRW event and that was about 2-3 years before the album was released and I get the sweet voice of George Harrison influence but he covered so many John Lennon songs. I don;t like the final mix of this song. Strung out again was a sad song that when he played it (acoustic and solo) along with all of the other songs on his last incomplete album, I think he was trying to be quiet and chill and himself. Quiet, empathetic and helpful. I saw the pictures he wanted to put on his last album. I don;t know what it was called a the time, but they were of the ones Autumn de Wilde took of him with black tape on his face, over his eyebrows, on his lip... just having fun in a bucket hat. As far as Elliott's favorite Beatle, I feel it was John Lennon and I know he loved School House Rock!

Sara Barrett

@Hurricane Jones George was his favorite beatle!

Robert Stein

I read an article how Elliott spent a bucket load of time setting up late 60s-early 70s equipment in his house/apartment trying to get that "White Album" sound. He even was very picky which tubes to use. He was successful. The whole album doesn't sound like the "White Album" but there are moments is so many of these sound, especially electric guitar, where he nailed it more than any other artist. He was a huge Beatles fan when it wasn't very cool. I loved The Beatles beginning at age six when my Aunt gave me her old copy of SPLHCB after she bought a new vinyl copy. Kurt Cobain helped resurrect The Beatles by his love of Lennon and 1st time I heard About A Girl I thought it was an old Beatles song. Then I though Kurt ripped off the Beatles. LOL. Something In The Way is litterally part of a Harrison lyric from Something. And no one else made such tremendous use of "yeahs" that Kurt before or since. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

G Gucci Pajamas dripin Tony Montana Wut

I’m a musician. All bullshit. You just write it. You don’t try to sound like anything. You just write it. Yeah Kerouac copied Thomas Wolfe for “The Town and the City, but On The Road was his own voice. Elliot found his voice and just wrote everyday. The Beatles sound is bc he liked the Beatles, but if time is an Illusion, then the Beatles sounded like Elliot, not the other way around, the point is, two snowflakes can be very similar despite time or place before they melt

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