I was dreading that night

i was dreading that night… i had caught quick flashes before
of the buckled kind of “real” you would inhabit sometimes as “the songwriter”
the hissing violence of “fame”
you – hollowed out, me – shoved aside, both – made invisible and torn apart
you as some god, me as some guest, expendable
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and the quiet madness of who we were that spring


“and the quiet madness of who we were that spring
exposed and frail, caught unawares
“more and again”. we could keep that promise.
ten years. one week. days all the same. time, changing us.
what else could i give you? i called and told you that, and you whispered “thank you”,
like you had done before, like you would do again
for all we left unsaid never stopped haunting you
these ten years like some sacred insult
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“‘Suicide Machine’ was originally recorded for Figure 8

with joe ranieri

“‘Suicide Machine’ was originally recorded for Figure 8, but in light of everything, I just thought it would have taken the focus off the music. I was uncomfortable with that. There is already enough in the lyrics to make the thing sound like a suicide note; that would have put it over the top. Look, I think it sucks to be Monday-morning-quarterbacking the outcome.”

Rob Schnapf

Tomorrow is my last day at Capitol

“I’ve been having quite a bad time for a while, cancelled the next week of recording due to my bad mood. Tomorrow is my last day at Capitol. I’m taking a break for a couple of weeks before finishing the record. I miss you.”

Elliott Smith (27 août 1999)


I know there is no place de Gaulle in Paris

thank you, Kenji 🙂

“I know there is no place de Gaulle in Paris! The work title I was actually using for the album was “Place Pigalle”, where I stayed for a while last year.  I do remember spelling it to the journalist on the phone, but he didn’t understand, or he didn’t want to understand. It makes me very unhappy that  I may have come across as a show off to  French people.”

Elliott Smith

Note: Speaking about popular misconceptions… the Abbey Road session in 1998 was NOT called “Place Pigalle” except as a blunder that came up later on (living on in the Alphabet Town catalogue for instance), the eponymous song was NOT recorded there and then but in the summer of 1999 (a mistake you’ll find in the french book “Can’t Make a Sound” – even though the author was duly corrected, some mistakes were never amended it seems.) Talking about people who don’t understand, or don’t want to understand… funny how self-appointed experts will pick on lesser details but will keep on feeding such gross approximations. See various Figure 8/Place Pigalle entries on those issues…