It's a junkie dream makes you so uptight
Yeah, it's Halloween tonight and every night
Hear you scratch your skin
Your sandpaper throat
You're a symphony, man, with one fucking note
Charlie beat you up week after week
And when you grow up you're going to be a freak
Want a violent girl who's not scared of anything
Help me kill my time
Because I'll never be fine
Help me kill my time
You went down to look at old Dallas town
Where you must be sick just to hang around
Seen it on TV, how to kill your man
Then like Gacy's scene a canvas in your hand
You better call your mom, she's out looking for you
In the jail and the army and the hospital too
But those people there couldn't do anything for you
Help me kill my time
Because I'll never be fine
Help me kill my time
Help me kill my time
Help me kill my time
Because I'll never be fine
Help me kill my time


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    General Commentthis song talks about abuse.. Elliott had a messed up relationship with his step dad and a lot of kids had abusive parents in the neighborhood where he grew up in Texas.

    "you're a symphony, man, with one fucking note

    how they beat you up week after week

    and when you grow up you're going to be a freak

    want a violent girl who's not scared of anything

    help me kill my time

    cos I'll never be fine "


    think about it (:
    salomanderon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentErm... no.

    It isn't "rad" when the costume is your own skin. Halloween-halloween, fun, yes, but to feel like you're putting on a show/wearing a costume you can't get out of day after day... it's not fun. It's absolutely depressing and miserable.
    Goodie2Shews123on October 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude, i love this song. "its halloween tonight and every night". that would be so rad.
    xthexpiratexon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thinkt this song is about someone pretending to be someone else, for whatever reason. "it's halloween tonight and every night."
    some124geton April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperhaps it's a goth person.
    mikematyuson April 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti've always thought the song was about drugs. the first half doesn't seem like it, but the other half definitely draws some parallels.
    sean7711on May 31, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Yes. Every Elliott Smith song is actually about drugs"

    Oh, definitely. This crackhead was nothing but a depressed amateur who wrote little ditties about the joy of drugs with his dictionary.

    Ugh, I know how you feel. I'm so sick of seeing songs like "Between the Bars" and hearing "This one MUST be about drugs. Maybe the bars symbolise ciggarettes?!?"

    Either way, this song is absolutely beautiful. The Dallas thing is about his mom, I'm pretty sure.

    This song deserves a title anyway.
    NishFetson November 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalthough i do think that it has some to do with abuse, but i think it's something on a much larger scale. something about his life never achieving greatness, and he accepts that, and now is just 'killing his time'
    roach133on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentafter reading anything and everything and seeing anything and everyone on him/with him out there i can say he did know somehow deep down inside his self-concious head that he had the talents of those he admired so much, or else he would have never went out and played shows and recorded so much music.. he was easily embarrassed. if he thought what he had to put out there was truly shit, he wouldnt have released anything.. i know he would never admit or accept his greatness but i think he had a clue. also, is it just me or is he saying 'CHARLIE beat you up week after week'?? at least thats what im hearing in the 'some (rock) song' version of this song.. he wrote this one when he was 26 and therefore probably still quite upset about the abuse he suffered as a child at the hand of that man.. theres also the references to Dallas where he grew up with his abuser and how sick it makes him feel just to be there now, and the 'call your mom' thing makes me feel like he probably ran away all the time or tried to escape this man and she probably went lookin for him at places like that, (and finally he just left to live with his dad) but those places couldnt help him anyway cause hes been too fucked up by the situation he experienced and it doesnt matter what anything or anyone tries to do to help him get over this experience cause he never will be fine... he also references Gacy 'the clown killer' in this song- Gacy, a seemingly normal nice man who happened to also be a kids clown at parties, who took to many teen boys and brutally killed them... this song is very clearly about adult abuse to children.. one of elliotts most obvious on the topic... also, when asked about his tatoo of texas he basically said something about how it wasnt cause he liked it there, in fact, just the opposite.. almost like it was there so he would never forget what he went through there and what he survived...
    lisalynnon January 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentalso, lol i can understand getting a drug reference from needle in the hay, or even between the bars.. but this song is pretty far from having any solid drug reference like a lot of his songs did.. its very rediculous to get that out of this song especially... and oh how he hated the interviewers always asking him why all his songs where about drugs.. his answer was usually along the lines of - well you can use one thing to represent many things, it doesnt mean thats what its about.. its so rediculous to take every song and try to find his 'drug' reference in it.. he was not an idiot.. he had been through a ton more than just using drugs... but, i think im analysing too much and that is the kind of thing he also hated..
    lisalynnon January 09, 2005   Link

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