"The Biggest Lie (Elliott Smith cover)" as written by Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann....
I'm waiting for the train
Subway that only goes one way
Stupid thing that will come, pull us apart
Make everybody late

Well, you spent everything you had
Wanted everything to stop that bad
Now I'm a crushed credit card registered to Smith
Not the name that you call me with

You turned white like a saint
I'm tired of dancin' on this pot of gold flake paint
Oh, we're so very precious, you and I
And everything that you do makes me want to die

Oh, I just told the biggest lie
Oh, I just told the biggest lie
The biggest lie


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"The Biggest Lie" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentIf you like bright eyes, you should definately be an elliott smith fan. He poors out even more emotion into his music than bright eyes yet still sings in the same dark/emotional style. Some good tunes would be Pitseleh, The Biggest Lie, 2:45 am, and Ballad of a Big Nothing. It's hard to rate songs by bands who put out an emotional ballad for pretty much every song but for bright eyes and elliott that seems to be the case. Have some easy listening and enjoy : )
    aquabatz311on January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely. if you like bright eyes and don't like elliott smith, there's something wrong with you. as much as i love bright eyes, elliott smith totally kicks conor's ass.
    matt0009on January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI worship Elliott Smith and Love Conor Oberst. But Conor cant compare to elliott, Elliott is god.
    BlankPage_on January 29, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionI agree that the Elliott Smith original version of this song is far better than the cover but with all due respect to Conor this was a pretty informal cover.

    Even though I think most Bright Eyes fans should at the very least have an appreciation for Elliott Smith's music even if he is not their favorite musician and visa versa I can't agree that Elliott far surpassed Conor as a song writer. Elliott had some very touching songs and perhaps his lyrics were more authentic and candid but Conor writes each of his songs like an intricate story or poem. You can find themes in albums and songs that bind them together like a puzzle. I think he's really a unique artist in that way. Elliott's lyrics are more simplistic and even though there is beauty in simplicity when it came to skills in craftmanship Conor has him beat!
    sXe_chicanaon January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf the Motion Sickness album wasn't so good, Oberst butchering this cover would be unforgivable. It is hard to compare artists, but I feel that Elliott and Oberst are comparable. Both have have folk roots and dark lyrics with a sunny disposition. Bright Eyes puts up a good fight but Elliott is a god.
    mr_sniffleson February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBloody amazing. I love Bright Eyes and Elliott Smith, but I have to say I do prefer the Bright Eyes version.

    The bit where Conor sings
    "Oh we're so very precious you and I,
    And everything that you do makes me wanna die,"
    sends shivers up my spine :)

    But yeah, Bright Eyes fans should definately look into Elliott Smith ...
    Miss_Miseryon March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive not heard the bright eyes version yet, but elliott smith is probably my favourite artist. His songwriting abilities are one of a kind.
    nickvbon March 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperfect.

    no lies.
    hey.lushon April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentelliot smith-rose parade
    beautiful song
    preludetoasongon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Elliott Smith version really outclasses this one, but Conor doesn't do a bad job.
    ClickForthon June 29, 2007   Link

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