Today would have been Elliott Smith’s 45th birthday, if he were still alive.
Is there any other artist who could more accurately and melodically expose their inner turmoil than Elliott Smith? I haven’t found anyone who comes close. He’s perfect for the days you just hate everyone and want to tune the world out. There’s never an “it will be okay” forced your way, there’s just wallowing, and “i understand, i know, it sucks, let’s drown it out together.” I guess I should be thankful I only got into his music as a freshman in college - my teenage years did not need any more emotions.
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
I have a friend who would always shoot me a text or give me a call whenever he noticed I’ve been listening to a lot of Elliott Smith in one day - just to see if I was okay.
I made sure to text him this morning - “Elliott Smith’s bday. Going to be listening to a lot of his stuff. Don’t worry - everything’s okay.”
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