Monday, August 13, 2007

Music Lesson #9.1

I was looking up Elliott Smith's performances and interviews on Youtube and it reminded me how sad it was that he was dead. Great songwriter, great singer. Sometimes I'm tempted to think that you have to be as paranoid and drug-addled as he'd been to write stuff as great as Waltz 2, Roman Candle, and Angeles, the lyrics of which I am reproducing here for your viewing pleasure:


Someone's always coming around here trailing some new kill
Says I seen your picture on a hundred dollar bill
And what's a game of chance to you, to him is one of real skill
So glad to meet you, Angeles

Picking up the ticket shows there's money to be made
Go on and lose the gamble that's the history of the trade
You add up all the cards left to play to zero
And sign up with evil, Angeles

Don't start me trying now
'Cause I'm all over it, Angeles

I could make you satisfied in everything you do
All your secret wishes could right now be coming true
And be forever with my poison arms around you
No one's gonna fool around with us
No one's gonna fool around with us
So glad to meet you, Angeles

Rest in peace Elliott Smith. Now on with our regular programming.

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