"Strung Out Again" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
You get what you see
I saw a rich fuck giving charity
Saw an evil emperor
Wearing my clothes

They're far from the best
But they might suit you better than the rest
Just looking in the mirror
Will make you a brave man

I know my place
Hate my face
I know how I begin
And how I'll end
Strung out again

Was a parliament of owls
Fly over a city of canals
Floating on the body
Floating in the Dalles

You get what you see
But some things they just change invisibly
I don't know where I'm going
And I don't even want to know

They're far from the best
But they might suit you better than the rest
Just looking in the mirror
Will make you a brave man

Standing, smiling
On some fantasy island
Looking at my lost reflection again
But a tide's coming in
And I'm strung out again
Strung out again


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"Strung Out Again" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentThe correct lyrics, I believe, are "I saw a rich fuck given charity," not "giving charity."
    Spideryon January 29, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningElliott Smith was a giant talent. His music combines gorgeous Beatles melodies with sensitive, highly intelligent Sylvia Plath/Leonard Cohen like lyrics. There are very few singer songwriters who even come close.

    Without going into too much detail as to how I know this, I have some ideas regarding the meaning of this song. Elliott Smith's Achillies heel was his self-loathing. He was viciously self-critical and sadly, this loathing was based largely on his outer appearance. Despite having tremendous inner beauty which is clearly reflected in his music, Elliott just couldn't stand looking in the mirror - literally. This was likely one of the main reasons (but not the only one) behind his depression, recurring drug addiction and eventual suicide. He leaves behind his art, which along with the circumstances of his death, make him a singularily tragic figure.

    In my opinion, Elliott Smith the only artist I would place above the Beatles.
    parletete1on February 01, 2017   Link
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    General Commenti don't know where i'm going
    and i don't even wanna know

    best song on the new album

    it's a damn shame i won't ever get to buy another elliott smith album
    hab1t4ton December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti don't know there might be another album since they didn't put everything on this album that smith wanted on it...

    this song is one of the most depressing on the albums, i just sit and wonder what happened to my life
    roach133on December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful.. he always made the best most flowing melodies.. this one really reminds me of a dream... and he always talked about how a lot of his songs were based on dreams he had.. they werent supposed to mean anything specific... i see that a lot in this song.
    lisalynnon January 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfuck yeah
    j.acobon January 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love how all the replies to the other elliott songs on this website talk about how the songs are about drugs, yet there's only four replies to a song called "strung out again" hmmm....
    imajaron March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a good song. The line "I saw a rich fuck giving charity" is pretty powerful. Well it struck me as being so. Its ashame he's gone. He made some damn fine music and I would've loved to see him in concert, but the real loss is the artistic one, and judging by what I hear on the radio we won't have someone else this good for a long time. Oh, and I think the song is about someone with low self esteem trying to get the courage to do something but being supressed by the things he sees out there so he falls into a stupor.... This comment is too long.
    purplehaze8xon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a good song. The line "I saw a rich fuck giving charity" is pretty powerful. Well it struck me as being so. Its ashame he's gone. He made some damn fine music and I would've loved to see him in concert, but the real loss is the artistic one, and judging by what I hear on the radio we won't have someone else this good for a long time. Oh, and I think the song is about someone with low self esteem trying to get the courage to do something but being supressed by the things he sees out there so he falls into a stupor.... This comment is too long.
    purplehaze8xon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat someone with the low self esteem would be elliott
    ilovealkalineon July 29, 2005   Link

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