Music I want my Children to Listen to- Elliot Smith

 GhostWriterMummy

This week, I’m going to turn the writing of this post over to someone else. Elliot Smith made some beautiful music and, sadly, is no longer with us- a huge loss for the music world. I want my children to listen to his music because he was a truly gifted man and some of his songs hold some special memories for me.

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I still remember the day I found out he’d taken his own life, in such a terrible way; I listen to his lyrics differently now. I don’t know if my children need to know the details surrounding his death but I know that they need to know his music.
The fabulous Ben Folds wrote Late in honour of Elliot Smith and so here are the lyrics that speak volumes:

Under some dirty words on a dirty wall
Eating takeout by myself
I played the shows
Got back in the van and put the Walkman on
And you were playing

In some other dive a thousand miles away
I played a thousand times before
And like pathetic stars, the truck stops and the rock club walls
I always knew
You saw them too
But you never will again

It’s too late
Don’t you know
It’s been too late
For a long time

Elliott, man, you played a fine guitar
And some dirty basketball
The songs you wrote
Got me through a lot
Just wanna tell you that

But it’s too late
It’s too late
No, don’t you know
it’s been too late
for a long time

Oh no
Things were looking up
Least that’s what I heard
Oh no
Someone came and washed away your hard-earned
Peace of mind

When desperate static beats the silence up
A quiet truth to calm you down
The songs you wrote
Got me through a lot
Just wanna tell you that

But it’s too late
It’s too late
No, don’t you know
It’s been too late
For a long time
It’s too late
It’s too late
No, don’t you know
It’s been too late
For a long time

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