"Half Right" as written by Steven P. Smith and Neil Gust....
You shouldn't talk to your yourself
Well I pictured somebody else
Someone that looks like
What I look like

Would you say that one of your dreams
Got in you and ripped out the seams
That's what I'd say
That's what I'd say

He was a sucker for your double dose
Motherfucker turned white as a ghost
Don't you say hi
Don't you say hi

With a broken sink for a face
And a head that just takes up space
He's not half right
He's not half right

It's already half past
And it won't last

I was sticking up for my friend
When there's nothing much to defend
It's a lost fight
It's a lost fight

Cause when I talk to you on the phone
Well it's just like being alone
It's not half right
It's not half right


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"Half Right" as written by Steven P. Smith Neil Gust

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  • +3
    Lyric Correctionwell you shouldnt doctor yourself
    well i pictured somebody else
    someone who looks like
    what i look like

    would you say that the one of your dreams
    got in you and ripped up the seams
    thats what id say
    thats what id say

    its already half past
    and it wont last

    he was a sucker for ur double dose
    motherfucker turned white as a ghost
    dont you say hi
    dont you say hi
    with a broken sink for a face
    and a head that just takes up space
    hes not half right
    hes not half right

    its already half past
    and it wont last

    i was sticking up for my friend
    well its nothing much to defent
    its a lost fight
    its a lost fight

    cause when i talk to you on the phone
    well, its just like being alone
    its not half right
    its not half right
    fjordingon August 06, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAfter just recently listening to New Moon and hearing the newly released version of this, I'm not sure if I prefer it live or not. It's almost like two different songs really. The tone and tempo are so different. Either way though, an incredible song.

    Elliott is so under-appreciated. Its such a pity he never received the acclaim he deserved (and still deserves) when he was alive.
    At the same time though, and from a very selfish place, these songs are so personal to me that I nearly prefer it that none of my friends 'get' him.

    Anyone in the same boat?!
    no_name_no1on May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn case anyone was curious like myself, a "double dose" is a slang term for injecting heroin.

    The last verse puzzles me.
    Lightbluenesson June 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely feel that way. After 4 years of listening to Elliott's music, discussing his songs, and reading interviews and stories and articles, I feel as if no one could fully appreciate his music unless they under went the same kind of process. When you know so much about him,you listen to his music is on a whole different level.
    hillergoodspeedon June 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto lightblueness-if you're referring to the last verse as in
    'Cause when I talk to you on the phone
    Well, it's just like being alone
    It's not half right
    It's not half right
    then i think he's referring to the feeling of distance. like you might have a loved one, particularly boyfriend or girlfriend, who is far away and they are yours but the distance makes you feel alone anyways. being with someone physically and being with someone mentally are totally different. i don't know if that makes sense to you, but it does in my head. haha. sorry. great song, one of my favorites.
    pnj0130on July 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a sterling example of Smith's adherence to a philosophy of optimism, first pioneered by Germanic polymath Gottfried Leibniz. In this song, Smith enumerates a litany of seemingly less-than-ideal situations that a lesser student of idealist philosophy would describe as wrong (or, perhaps half-wrong). Smith, however, uses the panglossian term "half-right" to indicate that although seemingly wrong, we live in the best of all possible worlds and such situations are necessary in order for fuller benefit elsewhere.
    DestinyProtectMeFromTheWorldon November 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess I'll be the first to say how amazing this song is.

    So heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time just like a lot of Elliott's work.
    bones_ron April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment=(
    Colin B.on April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the version of the song he did with heatmiser.

    this man writes/sings such beautiful words.
    Made_in_Secreton May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti miss elliott. this song destroys me.
    fromawireon May 19, 2007   Link

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