Concrete hands picked up the telephone ring
"Do you know who you're talking to?"
"No, and I don't care who"
She whispered quiet terror news
He didn't give a hoot
Said, "Do what you have to do"

All she had to do was speak
Mouthpiece to cheek
"Please say no more
I'm lying here on the ground
A strip of wet concrete"
Her name was just a broken sound
A stutter step you hear when you're falling down

Killing time won't stop this crime
Killing time won't stop this crime
Killing time won't stop this crime

You better start watching what message that you send now
No more situations, I only go in to be kicked out
He got knocked down leaving like he ran into a clothesline
And remembered a couple of words that hid a crime
"You're just fine
You'll be just fine
But I'm on the other line"

Killing time won't stop this crime
Killing time won't stop this crime
Killing time won't stop this crime


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    General CommentI think it's actually about a girl that he was interested in but she keeps stringing him along.
    She calls to try to get sympathy from him, and he finally stands up to her. Even though he stands up for himself, it still doesn't change the way he feels.
    Anybody who's been in this situation will know what I'm talking about.
    someotherdudeon March 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah i totally agree with the 'do what you have to do' thats what i was thinking. see i think its this bout this guy who gets stoned and his girlfriend calls him. 'Concrete Hands Pick Up the Telephone Ring'. when im stoned i just feel soooo heavy and just wanna sit and think to myself and smile. so anyway she calls and tells him shes pregnant and of course any guy would do this, he flipps out. 'do you know who your talking to? yeah and i dont care who' 'she whispered quiet terror news' he then wants to like get outta it he doesnt care if its a baby or not he wants to get rid of it. 'he didnt give a hoot, he sed do what you have to do.' so he gets up from his sitting position. (whenever i get up quick and im outta it i just have to sit down, or i fall over) that could be 'im lieing here on the ground' or mabe 'a studdering step you hear when your falling down' so i think she says to him im keeping the baby and hes not ready for a baby, as you can see hes a junkie mess. now on the inside hes crying to himself. 'killing time wont stop this crying' and i think 'time' stands for when the babys due. he's a loose cannon now and mabe suicidal? 'you better start watching what messages that you send now' 'no more situations ill only go in to be kicked out' then hes saying how it hit him like a brick wall he wasnt expecting this at all. he was just "leaning back chilln out" 'he got knocked down leaning like he ran into a cloths line' BUT HEY WHAT DO I KNOW? Thats just what i kindda got outta the song. hes a great artist its a shame how his life ended. what a way to go man. but hey we can only hope hes in a better place now. Peace.
    TheReasonableManon September 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think it's pregnancy. I think she is just breaking up with him. He pretends not to care, but obviously that is not the case.
    ScribnerVillageon August 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshe whispered quiet terror news....i love the guitar when he sings that line. and the bridge,

    "You better start watching what message that you send now
    No more situations I only go in to be kicked out
    He got knocked down leaning like he ran into a clothesline
    And remembered a couple of words that hid a crime
    You're just fine
    You'll be just fine
    But I'm on the other line"
    pure Elliott. it almost scares me how easily I can relate to Elliott's song. i think i might be getting obsessed. but i just can't ignore his genius.
    prettywhnsedatedon December 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is on my top 5 favorite Elliott songs. I love the harmonica. It amazes me that he could play all these instruments so well. I always just refer to this song as "the angry phone call". Elliott has said that naming the song is the hardest part so I named it for him, lol.
    LizzieBearon February 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've got to agree with Badge; this song could refer to a number of small, distinct situations.
    What I've personally got going on in my mind is that there's this guy who's too closed up in himself, too depressed, to take normal invitations of friendship from people and socialize with them. He picks up the phone with "concrete hands"- hands that are afraid to move- and receives an invitation to come out of his hovel; except he's too afraid of the consequences and too distrustful to follow through on this.
    "a couple of words that hid a crime" could simply be deception. words that he doesn't trust.

    Upon reading the other comments, I think it's probably just about his girlfriend breaking up with him.
    But, I wanted to write that down because it's the first thing that came to my mind upon hearing the song. go figure.
    Paulofuon September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorites - many times i just enjoy the feeling of this song, but looking at the lyrics it seems to tell a tale about a girl telling her boy that she is pregnant and his world shatters and he disconnects.
    dizznanon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds pretty right, dizznan. a beautiful sad song, my favourite of elliott's.
    NishFetson December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit does sound like a girl telling her guy something that has the potential to ruin their lives (could be pregnancy or something else).. when i first listened to the song i got the idea that she was trying to tell him important and having a breakdown but he didnt care and hung up on her cause he was on the other line and just didnt give a shit about her.. but reading the lyrics it seems there is a bit more to it then that.
    lisalynnon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSomething verboten, secret, bad ("crime") intercepted over the phone.
    _ellieon May 13, 2005   Link

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