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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Elliott Smith, _ART, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Sad Kermit – Needle in the Hay

A frog covers the late great Elliott Smith’s classic song Needle in the Hay and also parodies the suicide sequence in the Royal Tenenbaums wherein Elliott’s sublime “Needle in the Hay” was used to absolute perfection in an amazing scene.

Better than one might expect! I’m sure Elliott would’ve loved it!

Everyone sing along … Needle in the Heeee … Needle in the Heeee.


Royal Tenenbaums “Needle in the Heeee” sequence

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October 21, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Sad Kermit., Wes Anderson, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Elliott Smith – Discography 1994-2007

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We will always have Elliott’s wonderful music and the great man will always be alive in the hearts of music lovers.

Here are some amazing LPs – some posthumous – which should be in the possession of anyone who calls themselves a music fan.

These are tasters. BUY THE ORIGINAL WORK!

Elliott Smith – Discography 1994-2007

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Roman Candle
Released July 14, 1994

1. “Roman Candle” – 3:37
2. “Condor Ave” – 3:34
3. “No Name #1” – 3:03
4. “No Name #2” – 3:34
5. “No Name #3” – 3:13
6. “Drive All Over Town” – 2:36
7. “No Name #4” – 2:30
8. “Last Call” – 4:38
9. “Kiwi Maddog 20/20” – 3:40

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Released July 21, 1995

1. “Needle in the Hay” – 4:16
2. “Christian Brothers” – 4:30
3. “Clementine” – 2:46
4. “Southern Belle” – 3:06
5. “Single File” – 2:26
6. “Coming Up Roses” – 3:10
7. “Satellite” – 2:25
8. “Alphabet Town” – 4:11
9. “St. Ides Heaven” – 3:00
10. “Good to Go” – 2:24
11. “The White Lady Loves You More” – 2:24
12. “The Biggest Lie” – 2:39

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Either/Or
Released 25 February 1997

1. “Speed Trials” – 3:01
2. “Alameda” – 3:43
3. “Ballad of Big Nothing” – 2:48
4. “Between the Bars” – 2:21
5. “Pictures of Me” – 3:46
6. “No Name No. 5” – 3:43
7. “Rose Parade” – 3:28
8. “Punch and Judy” – 2:25
9. “Angeles” – 2:56
10. “Cupid’s Trick” – 3:04
11. “2:45 AM” – 3:18
12. “Say Yes” – 2:19

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XO
Released August 25, 1998

1. “Sweet Adeline” – 3:15
2. “Tomorrow Tomorrow” – 3:07
3. “Waltz #2 (XO)” – 4:40
4. “Baby Britain” – 3:13
5. “Pitseleh” – 3:22
6. “Independence Day” – 3:04
7. “Bled White” – 3:22
8. “Waltz #1” – 3:22
9. “Amity” – 2:20
10. “Oh Well, Okay” – 2:33
11. “Bottle Up and Explode!” – 2:58
12. “A Question Mark” – 2:41
13. “Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands” – 4:25
14. “I Didn’t Understand” – 2:17

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Figure 8
Released April 18, 2000

1. “Son of Sam” – 3:04
2. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – 2:09
3. “Junk Bond Trader” – 3:49
4. “Everything Reminds Me of Her” – 2:37
5. “Everything Means Nothing to Me” – 2:24
6. “L.A.” – 3:14
7. “In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost” – 4:32
8. “Stupidity Tries” – 4:23
9. “Easy Way Out” – 2:44
10. “Wouldn’t Mama Be Proud?” – 3:25
11. “Color Bars” – 2:19
12. “Happiness/The Gondola Man” – 5:04
13. “Pretty Mary K” – 2:36
14. “I Better Be Quiet Now” – 3:35
15. “Can’t Make a Sound” – 4:18
16. “Bye” – 1:53

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From a Basement on the Hill
Released October 19, 2004

1. “Coast to Coast” – 5:33
2. “Let’s Get Lost” – 2:27
3. “Pretty (Ugly Before)” – 4:45
4. “Don’t Go Down” – 4:34
5. “Strung Out Again” – 3:12
6. “A Fond Farewell” – 3:58
7. “King’s Crossing” – 4:57
8. “Ostriches & Chirping” – 0:33
9. “Twilight” – 4:29
10. “A Passing Feeling” – 3:22
11. “The Last Hour” – 3:27
12. “Shooting Star” – 6:01
13. “Memory Lane” – 2:30
14. “Little One” – 3:14
15. “A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity to Be Free” – 4:32

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New Moon
Released May 8, 2007

Disc 1
1. “Angel in the Snow” – 2:39
2. “Talking to Mary” – 3:44
3. “High Times” – 3:13
4. “New Monkey” – 3:14
5. “Looking Over My Shoulder” – 3:41
6. “Going Nowhere” – 3:53
7. “Riot Coming” – 3:45
8. “All Cleaned Out” – 2:59
9. “First Timer” – 2:44
10. “Go By” – 3:48
11. “Miss Misery” (early version) – 2:58
12. “Thirteen” (Chris Bell/Alex Chilton) – 2:43

Disc 2
1. “Georgia, Georgia” – 1:48
2. “Whatever (Folk Song in C)” – 2:19
3. “Big Decision” – 2:02
4. “Placeholder” – 2:32
5. “New Disaster” – 4:12
6. “Seen How Things are Hard” – 3:23
7. “Fear City” – 3:31
8. “Either/Or” – 2:29
9. “Pretty Mary K” (other version) – 3:26
10. “Almost Over” – 2:13
11. “See You Later” – 2:56
12. “Half Right” – 3:50

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October 21, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

We remember Elliott Smith’s fifth Anniversary


just leave me alone in the place where I make no mistakes.


We take a moment to remember the sublime songwriting talent of Steven Paul Smith, on this the fifth anniversary of his shocking death on October 21, 2003, aged only 34.

I can’t believe it’s already five years since that most sorrowful day. I vividly remember first hearing about his early demise. It hurt so bad. Elliott’s songs seemed so nakedly open that you felt you knew him. Very strangely, it felt like the passing of a friend.

But we will always have Elliott’s wonderful music and the great man will always be alive in the hearts of music lovers.

I’m a roman candle, my head is full of flames. I’m hallucinating. I hear you cry.

Since I first heard his work back in the mid nineties, Elliott’s music always struck me as that of a minimalist, street-wise, American Nick Drake. This was long before what would be appalling similarities in their demise.

Both Elliott and Nick displayed a similar exceptional fragility and beauty in their work. Both produced music of smouldering and deeply intense emotionality.

Strangely, and unfortunately, aside from parallels in their work, there were a lot of similarities in their lives. And deaths.

Both men, in their everyday lives, had a preternatural sensitivity to events surrounding them. Both had difficulty coping with the daily realities in which they found themselves. Both too, sadly, developed certain chemical addictions and died very very young, both their deaths coming in very strange and suspicious circumstances.

Like Nick, Elliott produced music that was way out of synch with that of the prevailing times but would be hugely influential and grow more powerful as years passed. Music that would never be forgotten.

I don’t know what to do with your clothes or your letters. It’ll make a whisper out of you.

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Elliott’s music was like some amalgam of Charles Bukowski, the Beatles, Lucian Freud, Neil Young, Shane Mc Gowan, Erik Satie, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and a zen master! Pared down masterclasses in songwriting.

He produced so many understated, beautiful, powerful songs of timeless, delicate, fragile, poetry.

Unflinching exquisite portraits of blinding emotions and dark realities.

Minimalist missives from the underbelly of life.

Sweet reflections of the moon shining into the gutter.

Warm tales told in the stone cold darkness.

Assertions of power amongst the powerless.

Tales of afflictions inflicted on a damaged soul.

Eulogies to love and other addictions. And laments for the power and tragedy of these addictions.

Pure art.

Elliott Smith died on October 21, 2003 aged only 34 from two stab wounds to the chest.

According to his girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, with whom he was living at the time, the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower. Apparently, Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a kitchen knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 911. Smith died in the hospital with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m.

While Smith’s death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report released in December 2003 left open the question of possible homicide. A possible suicide note, written on a Post-it, read, “I’m so sorry—love, Elliott. God forgive me.”

Apparently, this is still an open homicide case.

It’s all very Cobain-like and the waters are very murky about the suicide / open homicide. while numerous rumours and conspiracy theories abound. There’s a piece about the matter below from www.laweekly.com

The Final Moments of Elliott Smith’s LifeAutopsy reveals details of argument with girlfriend
by Christine Pelisek – Published on January 08, 2004

Moments before he died, singer Elliott Smith argued with his live-in girlfriend, who said she found him screaming outside the bathroom door of their Echo Park apartment, with an 8-inch kitchen knife stuck in his chest, according to an autopsy report.

The report, released this week by the L.A County Coroner’s Office, reveals new details about the investigation into the death of the 34-year-old musician, who died October 21 from two stab wounds at the Lemoyne Street home. Coroner’s officials said last week that they couldn’t determine whether Smith committed suicide or was the victim of homicide.

According to the January 6 report, Smith’s girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, told police that she and Smith were arguing when she locked herself in the bathroom. She said she heard Smith scream, opened the bathroom door and found him standing with his back to her. When he turned around, she told police, she saw the kitchen knife in his chest. She said he was standing up, conscious and gasping for breath. She told police that she pulled the knife out of his chest and saw “two cuts” before he walked away and collapsed.

She called 911 at 12:18 p.m. and performed CPR and first aid with a dispatcher’s help until paramedics arrived. Smith died at County-USC Medical Center 78 minutes later.

Police officers arrived and questioned Chiba, who was seated at the kitchen table. Detectives reported that she pointed out a Post-it note that appeared to be a suicide note left on the table. The note said: “I’m so sorry — love, Elliot God forgive me.” Chiba told police that it was in Smith’s handwriting. The girlfriend could not be reached for comment.

LAPD Homicide Detective Jay King would not comment on the investigation and would say only that the case is still open.

Smith’s body had bruises on the right elbow and what appeared to be older marks on his right arm, left thigh and along his left shin. No track marks or cut marks were found on his wrists.

Deputy Medical Examiner Lisa Scheinin, in the autopsy report, wrote that Smith had a history of depression and that the wounds appeared to be consistent with suicide. However, she found that “several aspects of the circumstances (as are known at this time) are atypical of suicide and raise the possibility of homicide. These include the absence of hesitation wounds, stabbing through clothing, and the presence of small incised wounds on the right arm and left hand (possible defensive wounds).”

Coroner’s investigators also raised questions about the actions of Chiba, and why she removed the knife. “Detectives believe that this death is possibly suspicious, however, the circumstances are unclear at this time,” according to the report.

The singer, who was born Steven Paul Smith, had been battling depression, drugs and alcohol for years, and had attempted suicide in 1997. Chiba told police that Smith often talked about committing suicide and had a history of addictions, including heroin, crack and alcohol. She said Smith engaged in self-mutilating behavior and would burn himself with cigarettes. Chiba told authorities that Smith had been drug-free for one year.

The coroner found no traces of illegal substances or alcohol in his system. The coroner did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder medications in his system, including clonazepam, mirtazapine, atomozetine and amphetamine (the latter a byproduct of metabolizing the drugs).

Smith was born August 6, 1969, in Omaha, Nebraska, and began his career in Portland, Oregon, where he played in a punk rock band called Heatmiser. In 1994, he released his first album, Roman Candle, and later signed with DreamWorks, putting out XO in 1998 and Figure 8 in 2000. In 1998, Smith was nominated for an Oscar for best original song for “Miss Misery,” from the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth album, known by its working title, A Basement on the Hill.

Elliott is not forgotten. Nor shall he ever be.

His music will live on forever.


Read more about the late great Elliott here: wiki/Elliott_Smith

You ought to be proud that I’m getting good marks


It’s very difficult to pick a greatest Elliott Smith song.

There are so many masterpieces in the late great Elliott’s brief catalogue.

However, this one is one of our many favourite Smith songs.

Another sublime work, “Needle in the Hay” from the Elliott Smith LP.

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“Needle in the Hay”
Album Elliott Smith
Released July 21, 1995
Recorded September 1994
Length 4:16
Label Kill Rock Stars
Writer Elliott Smith
Producer Elliott Smith


“Needle in the Hay” appeared as the opening track on Elliott’s self-titled second release, Elliott Smith. This was released on 7″ vinyl back in 1995.

Elliott Smith, was a minimalist masterpiece which gleamed favourable critical recognition and helped Smith’s talent become more widely known.

Thematically, Smith said that he “personally can’t get more dark” than this self-titled album.

One of the best tracks on the LP was “Needle in the Hay”.

A pared-down sumptuous song about addiction, the need for relief, the need for forgetting.

A song thematically not dissimilar to Lou Reed’s seminal “Waiting for the Man” from the The Velvet Underground’s magnificent debut LP back in 1967.

“Needle in the Hay” would later reach a new audience when it appeared on the soundtrack for Wes Anderson’s sublime 2001 film, The Royal Tenenbaums. More of which anon.

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The recording is minimalist in the extreme which only adds to the power of the song. During the studio sessions, trumpet and harmonica were recorded for the track but were left off of the final mix. A mix featuring the extra instrumentation has not been released in any form.

During later shows with a full band, the song was given more of a “rock” arrangement and would feature drums and bass, with Smith also singing the vocals higher.

During some live performances Smith would alter the lyrics “…head down to toes a reaction to you…” to “…everyone knows he’s a reaction to you…”

We’ve posted two live clips of this great track below. One with Smith performing a solo acoustic version and one with Elliott with his band in a “rockier” version – a great sound despite poor video.

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Elliott’s sublime “Needle in the Hay” was used to absolute perfection in an amazing scene from the Royal Tenenbaums.

This was the simple, yet immensely powerful, suicide attempt scene (weirdly prophetic of Elliott’s fate in a sense) where Ritchie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) in a small, eerily lit toilet, slowly shorns his long locks, shaves off his hippy beard and then slits his wrists with the same blade, to the sounds of “Needle in the Hay”.

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This segment itself from the movie could be the greatest music video ever created!

We’ve posted this clip below. You can also catch The Royal Tenenbaums – DVD and Soundtrack – and other Wes Anderson stuff here;

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Today we present
Elliott’s majestic “Needle in the Hay” and remember the great man.

His magnificent music is eternal in our hearts.


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 dirty 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 okay

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 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

Elliott Smith – Needle In The Hay – Live Solo – Acoustic


Elliott Smith – Needle In The Hay – Live Band – “Rock Version”


The ‘Needle in the Hay’
sequence from “Royal Tenenbaums”



DL this great track:

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October 21, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Music_Alternative, Wes Anderson, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY, _VIDEO | 2 Comments

Elliott Smith – Waltz #2


just leave me alone in the place where I make no mistakes


We take another moment to remember the sublime songwriting talent of Steven Paul Smith, as we approach the fifth anniversary of his shocking death on October 21, 2003.

I can’t believe it’s already five years since that most sorrowful day. I vividly remember first hearing about his early demise. It hurt so bad. Elliott’s songs seemed so nakedly open that you felt you knew him. Very strangely, it felt like the passing of a friend.

But we will always have Elliott’s wonderful music and the great man will always be alive in the hearts of music lovers.

Elliott Smith died on October 21, 2003 aged only 34 from two stab wounds to the chest.

According to his girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, with whom he was living at the time, the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower. Apparently, Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a kitchen knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 911. Smith died in the hospital with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m.

While Smith’s death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report released in December 2003 left open the question of possible homicide. A possible suicide note, written on a Post-it, read, “I’m so sorry—love, Elliott. God forgive me.”

Apparently, this is still an open homicide case.

It’s all very Cobain-like and the waters are very murky about the suicide / open homicide. while numerous rumours and conspiracy theories abound. There’s a piece about the matter below from www.laweekly.com

The Final Moments of Elliott Smith’s LifeAutopsy reveals details of argument with girlfriend
by Christine Pelisek – Published on January 08, 2004

Moments before he died, singer Elliott Smith argued with his live-in girlfriend, who said she found him screaming outside the bathroom door of their Echo Park apartment, with an 8-inch kitchen knife stuck in his chest, according to an autopsy report.

The report, released this week by the L.A County Coroner’s Office, reveals new details about the investigation into the death of the 34-year-old musician, who died October 21 from two stab wounds at the Lemoyne Street home. Coroner’s officials said last week that they couldn’t determine whether Smith committed suicide or was the victim of homicide.

According to the January 6 report, Smith’s girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, told police that she and Smith were arguing when she locked herself in the bathroom. She said she heard Smith scream, opened the bathroom door and found him standing with his back to her. When he turned around, she told police, she saw the kitchen knife in his chest. She said he was standing up, conscious and gasping for breath. She told police that she pulled the knife out of his chest and saw “two cuts” before he walked away and collapsed.

She called 911 at 12:18 p.m. and performed CPR and first aid with a dispatcher’s help until paramedics arrived. Smith died at County-USC Medical Center 78 minutes later.

Police officers arrived and questioned Chiba, who was seated at the kitchen table. Detectives reported that she pointed out a Post-it note that appeared to be a suicide note left on the table. The note said: “I’m so sorry — love, Elliot God forgive me.” Chiba told police that it was in Smith’s handwriting. The girlfriend could not be reached for comment.

LAPD Homicide Detective Jay King would not comment on the investigation and would say only that the case is still open.

Smith’s body had bruises on the right elbow and what appeared to be older marks on his right arm, left thigh and along his left shin. No track marks or cut marks were found on his wrists.

Deputy Medical Examiner Lisa Scheinin, in the autopsy report, wrote that Smith had a history of depression and that the wounds appeared to be consistent with suicide. However, she found that “several aspects of the circumstances (as are known at this time) are atypical of suicide and raise the possibility of homicide. These include the absence of hesitation wounds, stabbing through clothing, and the presence of small incised wounds on the right arm and left hand (possible defensive wounds).”

Coroner’s investigators also raised questions about the actions of Chiba, and why she removed the knife. “Detectives believe that this death is possibly suspicious, however, the circumstances are unclear at this time,” according to the report.

The singer, who was born Steven Paul Smith, had been battling depression, drugs and alcohol for years, and had attempted suicide in 1997. Chiba told police that Smith often talked about committing suicide and had a history of addictions, including heroin, crack and alcohol. She said Smith engaged in self-mutilating behavior and would burn himself with cigarettes. Chiba told authorities that Smith had been drug-free for one year.

The coroner found no traces of illegal substances or alcohol in his system. The coroner did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder medications in his system, including clonazepam, mirtazapine, atomozetine and amphetamine (the latter a byproduct of metabolizing the drugs).

Smith was born August 6, 1969, in Omaha, Nebraska, and began his career in Portland, Oregon, where he played in a punk rock band called Heatmiser. In 1994, he released his first album, Roman Candle, and later signed with DreamWorks, putting out XO in 1998 and Figure 8 in 2000. In 1998, Smith was nominated for an Oscar for best original song for “Miss Misery,” from the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth album, known by its working title, A Basement on the Hill.

This one is another of my many favourites. Another sublime Smith song!

XO cover‘Waltz #2 (XO)’ was a single from Elliott’s greatest album ‘XO’, his 4th LP which was released in 1998.

Read more about it here: XO_(album)

“Waltz #2” is an intensely powerful and personal song.

The song was apparently inspired by a specific memory from Smith’s messed-up childhood watching his mother and stepfather at a karaoke bar in Texas. The first draft of the song contained the even more nakedly personal lyrics “I love you, mom.”

It seems Elliott is facing some of his many demons in this song, and setting out his scarred soul for all to see.

Lyrics such as the “you’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good” tirade coming from a loved one, seem to speak of recollections of certain events from years before which crushed the narrator psychologically and scarred him forever with self hate.

The lyric “I’m here today and expected to stay on and on and on, I’m tired. I’m tired” really speaks of desperation and could almost be a premonition of Elliott’s ultimate tragic fate.

It’s a difficult song to listen to, even being unaware of the specific autobiographical aspects, but a supremely well crafted and magnificently beautiful work.

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The XO period was a very troubled period in a very troubled life.

Around this time, Smith apparently fell into a deep depression, speaking openly of considering suicide, and on at least one occasion made a serious attempt at ending his own life.

While in North Carolina, he became severely intoxicated and ran off a cliff. He landed on a tree, which badly impaled him but broke his fall. When questioned about his suicide attempt, he told an interviewer, “Yeah, I jumped off a cliff, but let’s talk about something else.”


We have 2 version of this wonderful track … see links further below.

Also, on video, there’s a great live performance by Elliott, together with an interesting short interview for Swedish TV, broadcast soon after Elliott’s shocking death on October 21, 2003.

The Swedish announcer introduces the clip thusly;

“The American singer/songwriter Elliott Smith tragically committed suicide, 34 years young. But even though Elliott as a person is no longer with us, his music certainly lives on.

Judging by all the requests we have received concerning Elliott Smith, he is clearly not forgotten here in Sweden.”

Elliott is not forgotten anywhere. Nor shall he ever be.


Read more about the late great Elliott here: wiki/Elliott_Smith


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by fairyunique

First the mic, then a half cigarette
Singing “Cathy’s Clown”
That’s the man that she’s married to now
That’s the girl that he takes around town
She appears composed, so she is, I suppose
Who can really tell?
She shows no emotion at all
Stares into space like a dead china doll
I’m never going to know you now
But I’m going to love you anyhow

Now she’s done and they’re calling someone
Such a familiar name
I’m so glad that my memory’s remote
Because I’m doing just fine hour to hour, note to note
Here it is, the revenge to the tune
“You’re no good,
You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good”
Can’t you tell that it’s well understood?

I’m never going to know you now
But I’m gonna love you anyhow

I’m here today and expected to stay on and on and on
I’m tired
I’m tired

Looking out on the substitute scene
Still going strong
XO, Mom
It’s ok, it’s all right, nothing’s wrong
Tell Mr. Man with impossible plans to just leave me alone
In the place where I make no mistakes
In the place where I have what it takes

I’m never going to know you now
But I’m going to love you anyhow
I’m never going to know you now
But I’m going to love you anyhow
I’m never going to know you now
But I’m going to love you anyhow

Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith Swedish TV Interview & Waltz #2 Live

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DL or listen to two versions of this great track:

(to DL, right-click on link and Save Link As .. )

Waltz #2 – From XO:
Waltz #2 XO
mp3, 192 Kbps, 6.4 Mb, 00:04:40

Waltz #2 – Live Performance
2000.10.27 @ Recher Theatre, Towson MD
Waltz #2 Live
mp3, 192 Kbps, 6.1 Mb, 00:04:26

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October 17, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY, _VIDEO | 2 Comments

Elliott Smith – Between The Bars



Elliott Smith – Between The Bars
Mp3 / various bitrates / MB / 18MB / RS

Drink up baby
look at the stars

Boyle: An’, as it blowed an’ blowed, I ofen looked up at the sky an’ asked meself the question — what is the stars, what is the stars?
Joxer: Ah, that’s the question, that’s the question – what is the stars?

– Sean O’ Casey (The plough and The Stars)

It’s very difficult to pick a favourite Elliott Smith song.

There are so many masterpieces in the late great Elliott’s brief catalogue.

This one’s pretty close though.

Like some amalgam of Charles Bukowski, Lucian Freud, Gavin Bryars, Shane Mc Gowan, Erik Satie and a zen master!

An understated, beautiful, powerful song of timeless, delicate, fragile, poetry.

A minimalist missive from the underbelly of life.

A sweet reflection of the moon shining into the gutter.

A warm tale told in the cold darkness.

An assertion of power amongst the powerless.

An acceptance of addiction.

A eulogy to love, another addiction.

Pure art.

Either/Or cover

Between The Bars was recorded back in 1996 and appeared on Smith’s great Either/Or LP released in February 1997.

Either/Or would be Elliott’s second and final full-length release on the Kill Rock Stars label and the LP that started to gain the reclusive cult singer a much wider audience.

Music from the Miramax Motion Picture coverAlong with “Angeles”, and “Say Yes” from the Either/Or LP, “Between The Bars” was used in the soundtrack for Gus Van Sant’s film Good Will Hunting.

An orchestral version of “Between the Bars” also appeared in the movie.

Smith also contributed a new song, “Miss Misery,” and three other previously released tracks (“No Name #3”, from Roman Candle, and “Angeles” and “Say Yes”, from Either/Or) to the OST.

The film was a commercial and critical success, and Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for “Miss Misery”.

However, obscenely – yet predictably- “Miss Misery” lost to the vile “My Heart Will Go On” from the dumb Titanic movie!

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Below we have some video versions of this great song;

  • Between The Bars from Either/Or
  • Elliott Smith performing Between The Bars live
  • The Good Will Hunting acoustic version of Between the Bars

Either/Or cover We also have an audio collection of different versions of the track;

  • Between The Bars from Either/Or
  • Between The Bars from the Either/Or Sessions
  • The Good Will Hunting acoustic version of Between the Bars
  • Elliott Smith performing Between The Bars Live on 2000.10.27 at the Recher Theatre, Towson MD
  • Grant Buell’s performance of Between the Bars from The Elliott Smith Tribute CD



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Drink up baby, stay up all night
With the things you could do
You won’t but you might
The potential you’ll be that you’ll never see
The promises you’ll only make
Drink up with me now
And forget all about the pressure of days
Do what I say and I’ll make you okay
And drive them away
The images stuck in your head

The people you’ve been before
That you don’t want around anymore
That push and shove and won’t bend to your will
I’ll keep them still

Drink up baby, look at the stars
I’ll kiss you again between the bars
Where I’m seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time and I’ll make you mine
Keep you apart, deep in my heart
Separate from the rest, where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot

The people you’ve been before
That you don’t want around anymore
That push and shove and won’t bend to your will
I’ll keep them still


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Elliott Smith – Between The Bars

From: dufftones

Elliott Smith performs Between The Bars

From: tvparty1974

Good Will Hunting, Elliot Smith – Between the bars

From: 101CaptHowdie101

Here be the audio versions of the track;

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October 16, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY | Leave a comment

Kiss you again between the bars

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Drink up baby, look at the stars
I’ll kiss you again between the bars
Where I’m seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time and I’ll make you mine
Keep you apart, deep in my heart
Separate from the rest, where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot

-Elliott Smith


Another great shot by Bobbyn0101

The lovely model is lovely Ali!

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October 16, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, _BABE, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY | Leave a comment

Elliot Smith – "Needle in the Hay" from The Royal Tenenbaums OST

Elliot Smith – “Needle in the Hay”
from The Royal Tenenbaums OST
Mp3 / RS

I’m gonna kill myself tomorrow.

Elliot Smith’s sublime “Needle in the Hay” used to absolute perfection in an amazing scene from the Royal Tenenbaums.

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This is the seminal suicide scene where Ritchie first shaves off his beard and then slits his wrist with the blade, to the sounds of the late great Elliot Smith’s “Needle in the Hay”.
This segment itself could be the greatest music video ever created!

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Catch The Royal Tenenbaums – DVD and Soundtrack – and other Wes Anderson stuff here;

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 dirty 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 okay
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 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

From: lethalegg

Here she be:

Needle_in_the_Hay_Elliot_Smith.mp3

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August 28, 2008 Posted by | Elliott Smith, Music_Alternative, OTHER_CINEMA, Wes Anderson, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment