"Speed Trials" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
He's pleased to meet you underneath the horse
In the cathedral with the glass stained black
Singing sweet high notes that echo back
To destroy their master

May be a long time til you get the call-up
But it's sure as fate and hard as your luck
No one'll know where you are
It's just a brief smile crossing your face

Running speed trials still standing in place

When the socket's not a shock enough
You little child what makes you think you're tough
When all the people you think you're above
They all know what's the matter

You're such a pinball yeah you know it's true
There's always something you come back running to
To follow the path of no resistance

It's just a brief smile crossing your face
Running speed trials standing in place
It's just a brief smile crossing your face
Running speed trials all over the place


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"Speed Trials" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentThis song is about a person's inability to confront herself and really look at the scary, introspective things that need to be looked at and resolved. The song is about the frantic dellusion that self-security and happiness and completeness can be produced through changing around physical stances. The song is about the complicated drama produced by that frantic ignorance: the ignorance of not understanding that there is only and always RIGHT HERE AND NOW regardless of the story you tell yourself about how things got to where they are.

    The song is about the freightened, desperate race of distracting oneself from his lonliness by running back to familiar grounds and never committing. The song is about running away instead of dealing with what needs to be dealt with.
    psilogonon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"running speed trials still standing in place" to me this line isn't about doing drugs. even though everyone who is an avid elliott smith fan, as i am, knows elliott had his fair share of dabbling with drugs. but come on... he is really intelligent and a more in depth character than just another junkie. but i believe this line refers to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, in which the Red Queen tells Alice, "[I]t takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." This never-ending evolutionary cycle describes many natural interactions between hosts and disease, or between predators and prey: As species that live at each other's expense coevolve, they are engaged in a constant evolutionary struggle for a survival advantage. They need "all the running they can do" because the landscape around them is constantly changing.
    lazyteen69on January 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful. simply said.
    Empirer85on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"You little child what makes you think you're tough"
    speed trialson December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think songs are percepted by people mainly by their own (past) experiences. being a former crystal meth addict, the lines:

    it's just a brief smile crossing your face
    running speed trials all over the place

    mean that doing drugs just make you feel better briefly, then you're back to all of your problems...
    hangedupon May 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim usually all over elliott songs trying to get the meaning. with this one i just like to listen
    ilovealkalineon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis Song Is Perfect
    Roland Ripleyon September 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Love this song
    ifoundyourstaron December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is obviously about drug use.
    lowerfieldon January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, obviously about drug use. Talking about meeting (his drug dealer) in a secretive place, the same place they always meet. Talking about disregarding the advice of his friends and family, the people he considers himself to be above, to get help. Talking about how the typical forms of entertainment, such as TV ("the socket's not a shock enough"), doesn't match the thrill of speed.
    fearnotofmanon April 15, 2006   Link

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