"Maria's little elbows" as written by and Mark Linkous....
Well I'll bet my Maria's got an elbow full of lonely
Now here's a little prayer so that she might get some sleep
Don't let her face get skinned by the sun today
Don't let it in when it comes knocking at your door

Oh oh

Sometimes you feel you've got the emptiest arms in the whole world
Try to make sense but it always comes out absurd
Sleeping horses keep eating up your flowers
Don't let it in when it comes kicking at your door

Came kicking at my door

She said I've really come to hate my body
And all the things that it requires in this world
I bet you're out there getting drunk with all your friends
And it'll get you in the bathroom of a Texaco

Came kicking at my door

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"Maria's Little Elbows" as written by Mark Linkous

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    General Commentthis one time.
    i woke up at 10 to go to a movie in the morning. a free movie. and stpehanie was driving her truck and i was riding in the passenger's seat and this song is playing. we're waiting at the traffic lights, and it just keeps going, "lonelines loneliness loneliness came kicking at my door." and sitting there, watching the morning traffic and having that morning feel brand new when it was already sort of old and having stephanie sit beside me with her hand on the wheel, it all felt meaningful. it felt like a revelation and it felt like something new. i knew from then on that music sounds the best in stephanie's car. in that tiny space.
    and that's it.
    xSTELLARxon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI wish so badly that whatever it was did not kick down Mark's door.. why are there so few comments on his songs? he made some of the most beautiful music in the world and was a true poet. I can't believe he's gone. it's like a sledgehammer to the gut. Mark Linkous, wherever you are now, you are deeply missed.
    treepocketson March 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty straightforward song, aside from the typically cryptic Sparklehorse metaphors involving animals and bodyparts. The "she said I've really come to hate my body..." part is an allusion to a Lou Reed lyric. From the song "Candy Says" I believe.
    DuckFetuson December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite Sparklehorse song AND one of my fave songs of all time. Dunno why but I just love it...especially the bit at the end. Quality song. Totally under-rated...this should be a well known anthem!
    ed_cefaluon October 14, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionNot sure if song is actually about loneliness or if everything is an allusion to heroin addiction. Elbow full of loneliness could be an elbow covered in tattoos. Or it could be where Maria shoots up. The bathroom of a Texaco could just be a sad place to be or it could be a place where you do heroin. Not really sure.
    joshua1010on August 15, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General CommentSo this is the only Sparklehorse song that makes sense, or at least is SOMEWHAT understandable. At present, I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing, edgewise.

    Yeah, there is definitely a reference to Lou Reed in there. Which is nothing but good in my book.

    Anyway, I like this song. Yes, Sparklehorse. Good times.
    nitsirhcon January 07, 2006   Link

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