songs for saturday

Here are a few beautiful songs from Elliott Smith for your Saturday night.  Up first is "Somebody That I Used to Know," a lovely short song of disappointment and bitterness, but happy and upbeat.


 

I had tender feelings that you made hard,
But it's your heart, not mine, that's scarred.
So when I go home, I'll be happy to go –
You're just somebody that I used to know.

You don't need my help anymore,
It's all now to you, there ain't no before,
Now that you're big enough to run your own show,
You're just somebody that I used to know.

I watched you deal in a dying day,
And throw a living past away,
So you can be sure that you're in control,
You're just somebody that I used to know.

I know you don't think you did me wrong,
And I can't stay this mad for long,
Keeping ahold of what you just let go –
You're just somebody that I used to know.

 

And a great performance of "Waltz #2 (XO)" from Later with Jools Holland — a great British show for music. Probably my favorite Smith song.    


 

First the mic then a half cigarette
Singing 'Cathy's Clown'
That's the man 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 gonna know you now
But I'm gonna 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
Cause 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 gonna 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 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

I'm never gonna know you now
But I'm gonna love you anyhow
I'm never gonna know you now
But I'm gonna love you anyhow
I'm never gonna know you now
But I'm gonna love you anyhow 

 

As I've written before, Smith was an immensely talented songwriter.  I can't say enough about his writing.  It helped that his voice was a beautiful companion to his lyrics and guitar.  "Sweet Adeline" is another favorite.  If you don't have Smith on your iPod you need to get some.  I give you permission to leave the blog and go to iTunes right now.  Go ahead.  More later.

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