A frozen tear melted here
To flood the man made lake,
I didn’t mean to make
A drowning note fury wrote
That caused the earth to quake
Confidence to shake
Sorry, my mistake

The sun rose high
And went screaming by
And the moon surveyed the scene
Silent and serene
While cops set cones
Around broken bones
Saying, "For heaven's sake
What an obvious mistake"
Up came back down
While I was sewing up my stitch
And dreaming in the ditch
So sick of my sweet self
And everything I made

A friendly flare
Flashed mid-air
There was a twinkle in your eye
A smoke signing in the sky
And I feel deep in love
Asleep, looking wide awake
Like a wave that wouldn't break
Sorry, my mistake


Lyrics submitted by lost_in_twlight, edited by keelycancrimp

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    General Commentin the version i got on elliottsmithbsides.com it sounds like it says
    "a frozen tear melted here between the man made lake and the ice that wouldn't break"

    it's an awesome song.
    Angelboybrigadeon July 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, I always thought it was a 'between the man made lake and the ice that wouldn't break'

    the part that gets me is 'soooo, sick of my sweet self and
    everything i made'.
    rollercoastersonjaon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI might be wrong, but I think is a live track only.

    Love it, either way.

    His live stuff isn't always clear, or he's not always performing at his best, but in the version I have, he sounds absolutely fantastic.
    Acidmotheron January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere is actually a studio recording of this with vocals but it hasn't been leaked. I wonder if it ever will be and how many are there that have not been leaked. I read it was similar to "Independence Day."
    PrettyMaryK333on January 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm positive that the second and third line are wrong here, but I'm not positive what the right lyrics should be. I think that it's this:

    A frozen tear melted here
    To flood the man-made lake
    I didn't mean to make
    A drowning note fury wrote
    That caused the earth to quake
    Confidence to shake
    Sorry, my mistake

    I think this is right because the first 3 line describe one mistake (a flood caused by his own tears) and the fourth to sixth lines describe another mistake (a furious note screamed loud enough to shake the earth) and both mistakes are ones where the strength of his emotions have effected the world. So this makes more sense to me then the other lyrics, and I think that they conform better to what I hear when I listen to the songs.

    Also, this is only a live song (with lyrics anyway), and can be found on two bootlegged concerts:
    1999-02-26 at Satyricon and 1999-03-06 at The Troubadour.
    frejaon August 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the concerts can be found at the internet archive at archive.org
    Again search for these 2 shows on the archive: 1999-02-26 at Satyricon and 1999-03-06 at The Troubadour.
    Also, according to the main Elliott Smith website (sweetadeline.net), both Elliott and now his family supported the trading of bootlegged concerts, so feel no guilt at downloading these and other of his amazing live shows.
    frejaon August 19, 2011   Link

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