"Talking to Mary" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Talking to Mary, you know you don't have to shout
She can hear what you're thinking like you're saying it right out loud

She sees behind that dirty look
It was her that followed down every every stupid turn you took

One day she'll go, I told you so
One day she'll go, I told you so

Saw the one big problem you keep under your hat
And its pretty unlikely that anyone else is cool with that

You got a bus fare in your pocket and more money down in your sock
But I can't tell you how to find her if you won't listen to her talk

One day she'll go, I told you so
One day she'll go, I told you so

Its no problem, I'll just keep quiet if its easier for you
To make believe in that I don't love you as much as I do

One day she'll go, I told you so
One day she'll go, I told you so
I told you so, I told you so


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"Talking to Mary" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General Commenti think it's about Mother Mary. in the first stanza sounds like a prayer to me and second stanza how she always lookin' after you but she's invisble so she can't contact you and eventually she'll give up on you and he confesses that he doesnt have much faith in mother mary so he'll just take care of his problem on his own. oh yeah he also talks about how everyone has a secret or two that no one wishes to let anyone know or to tell anyone
    chopstickthugzon May 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure this is about mary lou lord
    whatcapo?on July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe likes the idea of money in socks ey? i like this song
    giv_emhellkidon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe also uses that line in the Either/Or Sessions version of "Pretty Mary K." Since the latter song sounds like it's about a prostitute, I'll venture to say that this one is also. But, not that Mary is the prostitute, but the "you" in the song.

    Beautiful and haunting song.
    junkbondtrader1500on December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlyric correction*-it isn't `but i can't tell you how to find her if you won't listen to her talk'

    it's

    but she can't tell you how to contact her if you won't listen to her talk

    &

    to make believe inthen that i dont love you...

    just minor things. but i love this song. and jbt1500, to put the connection out there to Pretty Mary K, ahh. i love how he connects songs and 'characters' and such. elliott is indescribable....
    prettywhnsedatedon December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis sounds like its about his mom and charlie.
    the song 'pretty mary k' was supposedly about his mother, so maybe he continued to use the name mary if he talked about her.
    rollercoastersonjaon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of his greatest
    kidAlauraon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dunno, I think it could be about smoking pot (ie. Mary Jane). Particularly, "She sees behind that dirty look/It was her that followed down every stupid turn you took."
    Badjaon November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason, it reminds me of the Nick Drake song, The Thoughts Of Mary Jane - "Who can know the thoughts of Mary Jane / Why she flies or goes out in the rain/ Where she's been and who she's seen in her journey to the stars."
    Badjaon November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKnowing that Elliott Smith had a strong fear of going to hell, I feel that this song is just a glimpse into a little comfort he could give himself with his confusion concerning religion. I think this is his way of saying you don't have to be actively a church-goer and say daily prayers the traditional (often catholic/organized religion) way.. instead you can have the assurance that mother mary will be there with you down every stupid path you can take. Even if you doubt your beliefs sometimes there's something good taking care of you.
    I don't know.. just a thought.
    kimthestrangeon December 08, 2007   Link

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