"Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
Laying on the bathroom floor
Kitty licks my cheek once more
And I could try
But waking up is harder when you want to die

Walter's on the telephone
Telling him I am not at home
Cause I think I am going
To a place where I'm always high

My name is Elizabeth
My life is shit and piss


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"Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor" as written by Mark O. Everett

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    General Commentno, zeeboi's right, this is about his sister, he wrote the whole album when his sister and his mother and someone else he was close to died. he also wrote Daisies Of The Galaxy at the same time because he thought that this album was too sad and he wanted to write something happy also. he just waited a bit to release it.
    onceagainon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually I read somewhere that this song is a reference to a previous, unsuccessful suicide attempt by his sister, Elizabeth.
    eris13on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentScrap that, further research (I have nothing better to do) has shown me that she was actually his sister and that he had a mum so possibly, just possibly, wasn't an orphan.
    jukeboxfuckupon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know any of that. I found it strangely uplifting even though it was obviously a sad song.It just kept playing over and over in my head for three days. It was really odd. I had just assumed it was the heroin overdose of a dear friend of his. The music in contrast to the words seems soaring and peaceful. I like it.
    Miaowrenon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am reading Mark's autobiography now, and Elizabeth is definitely his sister and I'm pretty sure this is a reference to a previous unsuccessful suicide attempt. This song is particularly powerful but even more so, when you've read the book. I would really recommend it, it's a really interesting read..
    mega_megaon April 25, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThe lyrics of this song actually came from the most recent diary entry of E's sister before she attempted suicide. In some ways i dont think this song is depressing, its just about Elisabeth wanting to be free from all of the bad happenings in the world, sometimes i dont blame her. I think of this song more as puzzling and sleepy rather than sad and depressing.
    hippydippyon May 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI read that this was about a suicide attempt, not THE suicide. E found her on the bathroom floor, but she eventually committed suicide in Honolulu.
    JAStewarton May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentReading the autobiography, this song is pretty explicit in it's detail. It's a previous suicide attempt, and not the one that killed her. Only her boyfriend on the phone is called Robert. Probably to conceal identity, or even artistic freedom; Walter sounds better anyway.
    tittletaton November 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationOkay this song is about Eels suicidal sister but I am just going to describe my interpretation of the song:
    "Laying on the bathroom floor", this person has just committed a suicide attempt whether its from pills. Cutting etc...and is laying on the bathroom floor waiting to die
    "Kitty licks my cheek once more", pets usually can sense when something is wrong with their owner so kitty is confused or curious to what is wrong with the owner and "once more" probably means the kitty keeps licking the owner waiting for a reaction from him/her
    "And I could try, but waking up is harder when you want to die", okay so this line is representing what and why the person committed suicide. This person knows that life will get better and can give their life one more try but the pain is too much when you just can't go on no more, and waking up everyday knowing there's nothing good to life, along with the same routine gets tiring.
    "Walter's on the telephone", to me this can either mean two things:
    1. Walter is a family member or friend who just found the person who committed suicide lying on the floor barely alive, so he is on the telephone maybe calling an ambulance to come rescue this person who is dying or..
    2. Maybe somebody named Walter is calling the person who committed suicide but since the person can't obviously pick it up he/she gives him the interpretation that he/she is not at home, nothing out of the ordinary which goes to the next line
    "Tell him I am not at home", since this is connected with the other lyric above it can also mean two things:
    1. Like I was saying Walter just found the person who committed suicide and the person is probably saying "I am not at home " like saying I am not coming back home because I am expecting to die and go some where other than earth
    2. Like I said above he/she gives him the idea where everything is fine and she can't pick up the phone because she's probably not at home but he doesn't know she just committed suicide
    "Cause I think I am going to a place where I am always high", this line describes the person thinking whether they are going to heaven, hopefully they can he/she is wondering if they would be forgiven for what they have just done. And the second line "I'm going to a place where I am always high", the placer where he/she is describing is probably heaven high like up in the clouds and "where I am always high", a place where they will always be happy.
    "My name is Elizabeth, my life is shit and piss", okay so I think this line is pretty basic. The person which is now identified as a girl (it can be a boy I mean if there are boys with the name Elizabeth, fine by me) is describing her name and her life which is garbage and worth nothing and is as valuable as shit and piss. It can also mean like I said she probably arrived at the hospital and you know when they ask you what is your name and stuff : this is probably her response of her name and why she killed herself
    Otherwise I love this song there so much meaning with such little words and you can just feel the pain. Love you Eels
    weirdcreepgirlon July 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe last few moments of his sister's life before she died after committing suicide. Very scary and very painful.
    zeeboion January 09, 2002   Link

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