Got bitten fingernails and a head full of the past
And everybody's gone at last
A sweet, sweet smile that's fading fast
Because everybody's gone at last
And you don't get upset about it
No, not anymore
There's nothing wrong
That wasn't wrong before
Had a second alone with a chance let pass
And everybody's gone at last
Well, I hope you're not waiting
Waiting around for me
Because I'm not going anywhere
Got a broken heart and your name on my cast
And everybody's gone at last
Everybody's gone at last

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  • +6
    My OpinionThis song contains one of his most moving chord progressions AND lyrics.
    Fear of intimacy, rigidity of being, and no seen sign of improvement.
    He was a depression junky, and created music for other fucked up kids to grow up on.
    His life and music, for me, allowed me to live vicariously through his self destruction.
    Sounds really fuckin' cheesy, but this album, song, and his story has helped save my life. I was able to look at his life and music, having grown up similarly as Smith, and see the consequences of creating a trend of digging deeper and deeper holes.
    I wish he was alive and well, but because he isn't and wasn't, he's a fuckin' martyr.
    killpitchforkon July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe that no one has commented on this song... i guess different songs just speak to different people; this one just touches me. I cried the first time I heard it. It's so exestential... just accepting the way that things are and aknowledging that there is no one there to look out for you and that you are really, in fact, alone. There is no one to be mad at and no where to direct your anger or emotions... you can only slip into the monotomy of life and continiue on alone.
    urlostinspacelikemeon June 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song that sums up the story of my life (when I'm upset, that is).
    This is a great song, probobly about change. Change in a relationship, change with friends. He keeps remembering the past but he knows it can never be that way again. "and you don't get upset about it /no not anymore" again conveys helplessness and the apathetic feelings you get when something beyond your control is happening--when you're standing still and the rest of the world is moving.
    ItsAllIWanton February 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually consider this the opposite of a proper existential situation because it allows anguish to prevent action. Typically, an existentialist views anxiety as a condition of action: what motivates a decision. I feel the person in this song has no desire to continue making decisions and is content living in his current situation -- one of isolation and minimal responsiblity. The recluse has bitten fingernails and is thinking of times in the past when he was somehow let down; he takes solace in the fact that loneliness prevents further tragedy; he refuses to go anywhere and dwells in his stagnant lifestyle. These characteristics basically help him epitomize the existential anti-hero in this song.
    treehousewizkidon May 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song. Treehouse's interpretation is a wordy version of what I think the song's about.
    GromReaperon August 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of Playdough...kinda like,
    life seems maleable when one is happy, yet
    irrevocably fixed when one isn''s kinda like playing with dough...artisnal, yet, perishable.
    I think this one's about enjoying creation in the
    moment, with the knowledge that it will stand in time as what it was meant to be, as opposed to "whatever, this'll end some day anyway"...Gotta give alot o' respect for an artist who can connect that with so many people...
    Yamdonkeyon August 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a fundamental fear of intimacy, and when someone gets close to you you push them away. Only after they are gone, your relief at being free is short lived, and is quickly replaced by lonliness and regret at having missed an opportunity with someone who was probably pretty great for you. That's what keeps drawing you back into those situations, constantly flirting with intimacy, even though it terrifies you...or maybe I am just projecting my own baggage onto the song :)
    Hopeless Poseron September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese early Elliott albums are more important now then they've ever been. My favorite Elliott album was
    always his 2nd but recently this has passed it. I agree with that line peep- it sticks in yer head.
    tripperfreekon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you're an idiot
    precipitateon December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverybody's gone at last..... sitting in a crowded room full of people you can't connect to. "I'm not going anywhere, obviously," is a declaration of self-loathing and frustration precipitated by a lack to relate inner turmoil to people, even though they surround you. dig deeper.
    mattlikescheeseon April 05, 2005   Link

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