They come here alone and they leave in twos
Except for you and me who just come to use
If you're all done like you said you'd be
What are you doing hanging out with me?
Why do you tell me stuff that's so plainly untrue?
If you'll be straight with me, I'll be straighter with you
If you're all done like you said you'd been
What are you doing hanging out with me?
I haven't wanted to do anything for a long time
But whatever you got right now
Would probably suit me fine
And if you're all done like you said you'd be
What are you doing hanging out with me?
I haven't wanted to do anything for a long time
But whatever you're doing now
Would probably suit me fine
And if you're all done like you said you'd be
What are you doing hanging out with me?
What are you doing hanging out with me?


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  • +2
    General CommentWithout reading too closely into the lyrics (which isn't always helpful whent trying to understand Elliott), I think it's about a person who keeps saying their going to turn their life around (probably from drug or substance abuse) but keeps doing the same things they were in the past. Elliott seems to realize that he is a bad influence to his recovering friend, but still enjoys hanging out with the person.

    In the end it's probably a reference to himself, but the lyrics point to someone else. Thats why it's hard to read into his lyrics, their normally abstract even though they don't seem complex at all.
    woweezoweeon February 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI completely agree with "woweezowee." I am an addict in and out of recovery, feeling like a pathological screw up most of the time, definitely able to relate to the feelings he conveys in this song. I'm going to stay out of the whole what's-the-real-name-of-the-song debate, though.

    Pretty much all of his material has the same or similar undertones, the emotional disturbance that motivates the use of whatever drug you choose, be it human, chemical, etc. to try to fill that void inside that feels like it's growing faster than you can fill it until it becomes larger than you are and you fall into it, like Elliott did.
    akers97850on May 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about him being probably in a bar, or some kind of public place.

    "they come here alone and they leave in twos
    except for you and me who just come to use"

    he's saying he comes here to "use" which means probably heroin or coke.

    "if you're all done like you said you'd been
    what are you doin' hanging out with me?
    i haven't wanted to do anything for a long time
    but whatever you got right
    now, would probably suit me fine"

    as you can tell, he's probably just using this person for the drugs and seems a little bothered that the person hangs around with him. The gentleness in his voice kinda tells me its a female.
    The lost and foundon February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments? i'm sure everyone has felt this way, being with someone, and thinkin' "would probably suit me fine
    and if you're all done like you said you'd be
    what are you doin' hanging out with me?"
    mulmoon September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments? i'm sure everyone has felt this way, being with someone, and thinkin' "would probably suit me fine
    and if you're all done like you said you'd be
    what are you doin' hanging out with me?"
    mulmoon September 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is actually called Whatever (Some Folk Song in C)
    mtolskyon January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually it is called "hanging out with me"... just when you download the Basement II demos this is still the title. but it says somewhere else on the site that that was the intended title.

    and also i love this song.
    pitseleh.on July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentACTUALLY, this song is called "Whatever (Some Folk Song in C)".
    IEATFOODOKAYGUYon May 23, 2007   Link

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