Song of the Day #3,583: ‘I Better Be Quiet Now’ – Elliott Smith

My second favorite album of 2000 is the last record Elliott Smith released before his 2003 suicide. Figure 8 was Smith’s fifth album and possibly his best (though I have an even softer spot for 1997’s Either/Or).

Figure 8 was Smith’s second album with major label Dreamworks, and the baroque instrumentation on much of the record stands in stark contrast to his ultra lo-fi beginnings.

Still, he was always at his best with just an acoustic guitar and a melancholy melody, and Figure 8 offers up plenty of those gems as well. Today’s SOTD is one of my favorites.

Smith’s family released two posthumous albums which hold up very well, but Figure 8 will stand as the last definitive musical statement from one of the greats.

Wish you gave me your number
Wish I could call you today
Just to hear a voice
I got a long way to go, I’m getting further away
If I didn’t know the difference
Living alone would probably be okay
It wouldn’t be lonely
I got a long way to go, I’m getting further away

A lot of hours to occupy, it was easy when I didn’t know you yet
Things I’d have to forget
But I better be quiet now, I’m tired of wasting my breath
Carrying on and getting upset

Maybe I have a problem
But that’s not what I wanted to say
I’d prefer to say nothing
I got a long way to go, I’m getting further away

Had a dream as an army man with an order just to march in the place
While a dead enemy screams in my face
But I better be quiet now, I’m tired of wasting my breath
Carrying on, not over it yet

Wish I knew what you’re doing
And why you want to do it this way
So I can’t go the distance
I got a long way to go, I’m getting further away
I got a long way to go, I’m getting further away

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,583: ‘I Better Be Quiet Now’ – Elliott Smith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This sounds like every other Elliott Smith song I have heard, but they are all lovely and poignant.

    • Clay says:

      This is the style of his I definitely favor, so I lean toward these songs. This album, in particular, has its share of more robust tracks.

  2. willedare says:

    I am not familiar with Elliott Smith’s music. This is a lovely gem of a song. Have you ever listened to the somewhat obscure Scottish band The Blue Nile? They also embody poignance beautifully in some of their songs…

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