Song of the Day #3,539: ‘Thirteen’ – Elliott Smith

As soon as I decided to blog about ’31 Numbered Songs’ I knew #13 would be Big Star’s ‘Thirteen.’ It’s one of my favorite songs, named after a number or not. The only problem is I’ve already featured it.

But that problem turned into a blessing when I discovered this cover version by Elliott Smith. Who better to capture the melancholy ache of this adolescent anthem?

Won’t you let me walk you home from school
Won’t you let me meet you at the pool
Maybe Friday I can get tickets for the dance
And I’ll take you

Won’t you tell your dad, “Get off my back”
Tell him what we said ’bout ‘Paint It Black’
Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay
Come inside where it’s okay
And I’ll shake you

Won’t you tell me what you’re thinking of
Would you be an outlaw for my love
If it’s so, well, let me know
If it’s “no”, well, I can go
I won’t make you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,539: ‘Thirteen’ – Elliott Smith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A lovely cover. What a talent Smith was!

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Very sweet

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