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I'm just writing songs about how I feel or about how people I know feel. — Elliott Smith

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So if somebody writes a song that appears to have some meaning then everybody thinks that it's a really heavy song. — Elliott Smith

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Everything means nothing to me — Elliott Smith

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Certain songs just feel a way that's hard to put into words and it's not happy and it's also not really sad but I couldn't say what it is — Elliott Smith

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I didn't know how many people knew who Ferdinand was. — Elliott Smith

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I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not. But like when I see a movie, for example, that I really like, that moves me or whatever, it's usually happy and sad at the same time. — Elliott Smith

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i'm never gonna know you now, but i'm gonna love you anyhow — Elliott Smith

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Well, I try not to think about the general public since I have no idea what the general public is and I don't think anybody does. — Elliott Smith

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Playing things too safe is the most popular way to fail, — Elliott Smith

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It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually. — Elliott Smith

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What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me — Elliott Smith

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It's ok, it's alright, 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 — Elliott Smith

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It's just that a lot of songs that are popular right now, they don't have any meaning. — Elliott Smith

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I didn't think I was gonna be playing on the Oscars or anything. — Elliott Smith

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It was hard to sing like how I wanted to because playing live I had to just be at the top of my lungs all the time, and it made me sound like I had a really bad cold or something. — Elliott Smith

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Burning every bridge that I cross to find some beautiful place to get lost. — Elliott Smith

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It was kind of ridiculous to carry it up to a certain point and then drop the ball or the bomb, like quitting the band right after we had signed to Virgin. — Elliott Smith

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Static in my head, the reflected sound of everything, tried to go to where it led, but it didn't lead to anything. — Elliott Smith

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I've been doing four-track songs by myself since I was like a teenager, where I'd sing in a way that I ... I just didn't think other people would like it, so I didn't play it for them but eventually I got over that, which I'm happy that I did, because it's kind of a drag to be playing a kind of music that you don't really like as much as another kind. — Elliott Smith

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Somewhere where people aren't so mad would be nice, but I don't know if there is anywhere like that. — Elliott Smith

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I went walking around the city some more, people watching with a cold, blank stare. And I saw your face in everyone, I swear. — Elliott Smith

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Haven't laughed this hard in a long time. I better stop now before I start crying. Go off to sleep in the sunshine ... I don't want to see the day when its dying. — Elliott Smith

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And I'm not trying to write heavy songs. — Elliott Smith

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I got tired of doing battle with people thinking I was a little weird because I wasn't in a band making happy, stilted music. The only people who really seem weird to me are people who think they're normal. People who think it's possible to be normal just by doing the same things that most people do. Is there a most people? I don't know. Television makes it seem like there is, but I think that might just be television, — Elliott Smith

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Because God only knows why people like what they like and don't like something else. — Elliott Smith

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The band's filter, but playing live is a lot of fun. — Elliott Smith

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I think the music business will eventually crush me, but I [smiles] ... I'm ready. — Elliott Smith

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It touches on drug use. I got caught up in that for almost two years. — Elliott Smith

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They say that God makes problems just to see what you can stand, before you do as the devil pleases. — Elliott Smith

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All your secret wishes could right now be coming true. — Elliott Smith

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There's lots of ways people can be dependent, on another person, or drugs ... — Elliott Smith

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I liked the idea of a self-contained, endless pursuit of perfection. But I have a problem with perfection. I don't think perfection is very artful. But there's something I liked about the image of a skater going in this endless twisted circle that doesn't have any real endpoint. So the object is not to stop or arrive anywhere; it's just to make this thing as beautiful as they can. — Elliott Smith

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I just wanted to move out of Portland to do something. — Elliott Smith

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Music is worth doing just because. It doesn't have to be justified by some political point of view, and it's kind of insulting to the music to make it a tool for something else. — Elliott Smith

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While his history of depression is compatible with suicide ... and the location and direction of the stab wounds are consistent with self-infliction, several aspects of the circumstances (as they are known at this time) are atypical of suicide and raise the possibility of homicide. — Elliott Smith

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There are lots of things I like about playing in a band, the things I can't do by myself you know. — Elliott Smith

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Everybody gets a tag. If you listen to a Velvet Underground record, you don't think, 'Godfathers of Punk.' You just think, 'This sounds great.' The tags are there in order to help try to sell something by giving it a name that's going to stick in somebody's memory. But it doesn't describe it. So 'depressing' isn't a word I would use to describe my music. But there is some sadness in it
there has to be, so that the happiness in it will matter. — Elliott Smith

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I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It's an experience. — Elliott Smith

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Tired of dancing on a pot of gold flake paint — Elliott Smith

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But I was also doing odd jobs around Portland, like spreading gravel and transplanting bamboo trees. — Elliott Smith

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I didn't have a hard time making it, I had a hard time letting it go. — Elliott Smith

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I was trying to do the same thing that I always do which is make an interesting record. — Elliott Smith

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I wondered if I would talk about drug use. But I guess, why hide it? — Elliott Smith

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My girlfriend at the time convinced me to send these songs to Cavity Search. When they wanted to put out my record I was totally shocked. — Elliott Smith

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I was coming off of a lot of psyche meds and other things. — Elliott Smith

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In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)"

He held his breath to hold your hand
To walk the stairsteps in pairs
Climbing up a slippery slope
I'm in love, love I hope
Don't go home Angelina
Stay with me, hanging around in the lost and found
He kissed you quick, feeling weird
Lonely leered, and disappeared
This is such a simple place
The passing time can't erase
Don't go home Angelina
Paint tomorrow blue
Day breaks
But every morning when he wakes he thinks of you
I'm alone, but that's okay
I don't mind most of the time
I don't feel afraid to die
She was here, passing by
Don't go home Angelina
Stay with me, hanging around in the lost and found
Stay with me, hanging around in the lost and found — Elliott Smith

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There's always that argument to make - that you're in better company historically if people don't understand what you're doing. — Elliott Smith

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I can't think of anything off the top of my head that seems more important than something designed to raise money to keep something going that keeps IV drug users from dying. — Elliott Smith

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I like home recordings and studio recordings just as much as each other - I don't think one is better - but for this record I wanted to see what I could do in a real studio with real producers. — Elliott Smith

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People are so ... seem so chaotic internally, but being filtered through some form, like making a record, sort of filters it down into something that can be understood. — Elliott Smith

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I'm the wrong kind of person to be really big and famous. — Elliott Smith

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People think they know all these things about other people, and if you ask them why they think they know that, it'd be hard for them to be convincing. — Elliott Smith

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I actually don't think that I'm gonna sell a lot of records. — Elliott Smith

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I don't think it's important who I am. I really like playing music, but I don't really want to be anything in particular. — Elliott Smith

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I don't really think of time off as writing blocks. I think that's a western notion of demonizing inactivity. When your imagination decides it needs to take a nap. maybe that's what it needs to do. — Elliott Smith

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You can take a picture of New York and one person looking at it will think it looks really depressing, frightening; and someone else will look at it and think of all the fun things you can do in New York. I think songs are kinda like that. — Elliott Smith

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I don't think that Dreamworks would have signed me expecting to really mess around with whatever it is I do. — Elliott Smith

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People can be chaos but it's hard to fit it into some creative piece that you made. It's hard. — Elliott Smith

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Why would you want any other, when you're a world within a world? — Elliott Smith

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A lot of people are kind of depressed. I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not. — Elliott Smith

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He made his life a lie so he might never have to know anyone. — Elliott Smith

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Theres a bunch of Elvis Costello records that made all the difference between feeling like a total freak and feeling like ... only a freak. A freak among other freaks — Elliott Smith

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It's hard to represent chaos, or like an absence of something. It's much easier to represent the presence of something or a situation. — Elliott Smith

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If I seem to be reckless with myself,It's the fault of no one.All things have a placeUnder the moon as well as the sun. — Elliott Smith

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The devil's script sells you the heart of a blackbird. — Elliott Smith

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Nothing's gonna drag me down to a death that's not worth cheating. — Elliott Smith

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Fights problems with bigger problems. — Elliott Smith

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I don't really like New York better than Portland. It's just a different place. — Elliott Smith

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I see you're leaving me and taking up with the enemy, the cold comfort of the in-between, a little less than a human being. — Elliott Smith

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I think the suggestion that all my songs are personal is insulting because that assumes that I have a bunch of issues that I feel the need to unload on strangers. That is not the case. It also assumes that I just talk about myself the whole time which, again, is not true. — Elliott Smith

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If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed, sensitive guy. — Elliott Smith

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You can't get better at things you never play. — Elliott Smith

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Doing battle with themselves that way, every day, all the time and sometimes it sucks, but other times it results in people making sort of a dream comprehensible to someone else. — Elliott Smith

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I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that one because there was this clause about leaving members. — Elliott Smith

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I walked out and Jack Nicholson was sitting about six feet away, so I avoided that area and I looked up at the balcony in the back and sang the song. — Elliott Smith

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I truly hope the future will bring me something to feel nostalgic about, because there's really nothing much so far I can remember fondly. — Elliott Smith