"Pictures of Me (Either/Or demos)" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Start stop and start
Stupid acting smart
Flirting with the flicks
You say it's just for kicks

You'll be the victim of your own dirty tricks
You got yourself to tease and displease
Doors swinging wide
You walked in to hide

Looking at your feet
Failure's complete
Saw you and me on the coin-op tv
Frozen in fear every time we appear

I'm not surprised and really, why should I be?
See nothing wrong
See nothing wrong
So sick and tired of all these pictures of me

Completely wrong
Totally wrong
Go walking by
Here come another guy

Jailer who sells personal hells
Who'd like to see me down on my fucking knees
Everybody's dying just to get the disease
Hey hey hey hey

I'm not surprised and really, why should I be?
See nothing wrong
See nothing wrong
So sick and tired of all these pictures of me

Completely wrong
Totally wrong
I'm not surprised and really, why should I be?
See nothing wrong

See nothing wrong
So sick and tired of all these pictures of me
Oh everybody's dying just to get the disease
Everybody's dying just to get the disease

Everybody's dying just to get the disease


Lyrics submitted by rollercoastersonja

"Pictures of Me" as written by Steven P. Smith

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Pictures of Me (Either/Or demos) song meanings
Add your thoughts

4 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentI love how the early versions of Elliott's songs often have a more direct meaning and a more personal story. (See the early versions of "I didn't understand" and "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands" too). This one seems to me to be about Elliott fearing that the woman he is dating is in love with the public idea of 'Elliott Smith' rather than the real him. The one she really loves is the Elliott on the blue screen or on the coin-op tv. He fears he "can't compete" with the image of himself that is out there. His public image is totally wrong, but he feels it is better than the real him, and he can never measure up to the pictures of him.

    The chorus makes so much more sense with the rest of the lyrics in this version than in the other one. I think this often happens with his songs, where he first writes a really personal story and then he changes it so it's theme is no longer as recognizable or as personal. Sometimes it even feels like he puts two completely different songs together in the final versions - like the verses are from one song and the chorus is from another. I feel like that a little bit with the album version of the song, but not with this one - this one is clear and heartbreaking. I just wish I had a better recording of it. Mine has a lot of fuzzyiness in the recording quality. If anyone knows if there is a cleaned up copy, let me know.
    frejaon February 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"This one seems to me to be about Elliott fearing that the woman he is dating is in love with the public idea of 'Elliott Smith' rather than the real him. The one she really loves is the Elliott on the blue screen or on the coin-op tv. He fears he "can't compete" with the image of himself that is out there. His public image is totally wrong, but he feels it is better than the real him, and he can never measure up to the pictures of him"
    I cannot agree, because at this time, when he wrote this song (around 94/95 I guess), he wasn't famous except in Portland maybe.
    I think the song has - like in many ES songs - a general meaning. In this case, he uses the TV as an allegory to describe how there can be a gap between how people see you, and how you are really...
    Berkenseeon June 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttotally different version, great song none the less
    spaceshipsinnyon February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfreja couldn't have explained it better...
    agreed that he feels uncomfortable with the image of himself.
    tabblynnon January 25, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain