Song of the Day #2,403: ‘Big Decision’ – Elliott Smith

elliott_smith_new_moonElliott Smith’s New Moon was released posthumously in 2007 and contains outtakes and discarded tracks from the recording sessions of his second and third albums.

Given that those records, Elliott Smith and Either/Or are two of his finest, this is a solid collection, all the more effective for being released after his suicide.

That said, I’ve never really latched on to this album the way I have to his proper releases. Something about posthumous albums rubs me the wrong way, even when they appear to be inspired more by respect for the artist than a desire to cash in.

Today’s random SOTD, like many of Smith’s songs, is about his heroin addiction, among other things.

Pick me up in an hour or so
I don’t really recommend it, no
They’ll probably just put you down

I believe you
I want to be you
I believe you
I want to be you
I know you’re not through with it yet
It’s a big decision
You can’t kick when you’re down

Got a feeling kind of like a cough
Ain’t nothing gonna shake it off
Ain’t nothing gonna shake it off
Until you talk out loud

I believe you
I want to be you
I believe you
I want to be you
I know you’re not through with it yet
It’s a big decision
You can’t kick when you’re down

The chromium car reflects who you are taking you home
I’m under you’re spell can’t you tell? don’t you know?

God, people wonder if you’re sick
Spilled out on the city slick
Puffed up like a macho jerk
Don’t even try it it’ll never work
Why you wonder? what you wonder for me?
Why you wonder? what you wonder for me?
Why you want what I can not be you know I won’t stay sober

I believe you
I want to be you
I believe you
I want to be you
I know you’re not through with it yet
It’s a big decision
I know you’re not through with it yet
It’s a big decision
I know you’re not through with it yet
It’s a big decision
You can’t kick when you’re down

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,403: ‘Big Decision’ – Elliott Smith

  1. Dana says:

    Just so sad to lose someone so talented.

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