"Coast to Coast" as written by Todd Eric Gaither, Joseph Anthony Budden, John R. Smith, Bernard James Freeman, Michael Santigo Render, William Calhoun and Akhim Miller....
Last stop for a resolution
End of the line, is it confusion?
So go. Go see what's there for you
Nothing new, nothing new for you to use
I've got no new act to amuse you
I've got no desire to use you, you know
But anything that I could do, would never be good enough for you
If you can't help it then just leave it alone
Leave it alone, yeah, just forget it
It's really easy
I believe I'll forget it too
Still you're keepin' me around
Til I finally drag us both down
Streaming feathers out your hat
Yes I believe that's where it's at
You belong tagging along
And I belong in your zoo
So I wait for confirmation
That you're never gonna use your starting gun
Unless its me it sounds like being here just wasn't that much fun
Anything that I could do
Would never be good enough for you
If you can't help it then just leave it alone
Leave me alone, yeah, just forget it
It's really easy
I'll just forget it too
Coast to coast, coast to coast
I'll do what I can so you can be what you do
Coast to coast, coast to coast
I'll do everything I can so you can be what you do
Coast to coast, coast to coast
Circuit rider comes every fifth Sunday
Oh my Lord, I fell asleep one day
Anything that I could do
Is there anything that I could do
That someone doesn't do for you
That someone didn't do for you
That I haven't already done for you


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"Coast to Coast" as written by Todd Eric Gaither, Joseph Anthony Budden, John R. Smith, Bernard James Freeman, Michael Santigo Render, William Calhoun, Akhim Miller

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  • +3
    General Commentthis whole cd is a masterpiece.
    rival it seemson January 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI strongly believe that this song is directed to the friends who tried to help Elliott Smith, the friends who didn't like how he was living his life. I recall Elliott Smith saying in an interview that a lot of people wish he'd live a better life. And he'd just wanted to be left alone. The lyrics "just leave it alone. leave me alone. The lyrics "you belong tagging along. And I belong in your zoo" seem to be about the discomfort he felt when people told him how to live his life. It was as if he was in a zoo, locked up, where people could watch his every single mood. And then the lyrics "I'll do what I can so you can be what you do" seem to be implying "i'll keep on living my life miserably until you can see that when I think of you, I will only think of how you try to change me. Eventually, that will be the only thing that will define who you are, in my eyes."
    chapfalleneyeson December 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI found this,

    This is Nelson Gary, Elliotts good friend that wrote the poem of coast to coast... the article is incredibly interesting...also the complete poem of that song can be found there.

    AMAZING jewl for fans
    lummoxpress.com/journal/j002/…
    intwilighton December 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI find these words beautiful and mysterious:

    So I wait for confirmation
    That you're never going to use your starting gun

    I love the way he uses the rhythm of simple speech as a powerful instrument. The rhythm and the melody build to a powerful resolution in

    never be -- good enough for you

    and

    Leave me alone -- yeah -- just forget it

    I am so sad that he's dead.
    jrm36on October 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about drugs and his girlfriend. How he doesn't want to use drugs and be a better person while at the same time he doesn't want to be a burden on his girlfriend. "leave it alone, yeah just forget it and I believe I'll forget it too..." he may be saying "I need my space and time to get things right and you'll get over me I know it and I think I'll get over my problem." Also when he says "Drag us both down" he doesn't want to continue to hurt himself or her. I don't think it's a depressing song I think it's a song with a lot hopefulness and for smith, it's a song of realizing what his life has become after years of travelling from coast to coast and abusing drugs and never being able to really settle down. I'm not really sure though but this is what I think when I read the lyrics from another songwriters point of view.
    johnbottomleyon November 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song's from the yet to be released last album from Elliott Smith known as 'From A Basement On The Hill.'

    Some words about this song from Elliott's last interview: "This one was called Circuit Rider but not any more. This song I don't play everything on. This one actually has two drummers on it. One is Steve Drozd from the Flaming Lips and the other is the drummer for the Lillies. Steve and I are good friends and we've both had similar situations and we have both improved in the same way. I asked this friend of mine to make up something he could say as fast as he could in fifteen minutes about people healing themselves or being unable to heal themselves. While he's saying this thing there is a main vocal that goes over that."
    planetearthon July 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude the cd is awesome it came out on my birthday :)
    man on tvon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude, the cd came out on my bday also!! oct.19 rocks.
    ilovetrishon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis cd has been out for two days and I've already listened to this song a half dozen times. Even though it's not stripped down like some of his best songs, this one really stands out for some reason. Anyway, I think this song is about a last ditch attempt to stop the dissolution of a relationship. I thought at first the relationship in question was that of his parents, as they were divorced, but he wouldn't have been old enough to remember their split.
    unc1emoeon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm just speculating here, but it sounds like this song may have something to do with Elliott's relationship with Jennifer Chiba at the time of his death. Seriously, look at the lyrics: "I've got no new act to amuse you," "Streaming feathers out your hat" -- these sound like the sort of things a semi-famous, hugely talented guy like Elliott would say to a considerably less-famous musician girlfriend who he'd been seeing for all of a year. Consider the line "I'll do what I can so you can be what you do"; I take this as a direct reference to Elliott's production work on Chiba's band's single, the one that apparently never panned out. In other words, he's saying "I'll do you this favor so you'll have something to back up this rock star attitude you've assumed." Of course, I have no idea what Chiba is like or was like at the time of Elliott's death, so, like I said, just speculation. But still, pretty interesting if you think about it..."Coast to Coast" could refer to the jetset lifestyle of a rock star, or perhaps someone who fancies herself a rock star without really having anything to show for it.
    mfluder2676on October 21, 2004   Link

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