Time to kill, wrote a living will
And gave it to the man in the moon
But I'm gonna get well soon
This happy face is watching me die
Elevate me to another world
All that I can do on my own
Is leave well enough alone
Leave well enough alone
Leave well enough alone

Circumstance dropped by uninvited
And demanded to be fed
But I've already gone to bed
There's nothing you can see from inside
My spirit arose and put on my clothes
And helped me disconnecting the phone
To leave well enough alone
Leave well enough alone
Leave well enough alone

Time was I was a wire, then an animal in a cage
First it's all the reaction, now it's all the rage

Waking up at a station stop
And reality's invading my brain
The cops want to search the train
They'll take away whatever they find
But I don't have the thoughts you want
Just a memory of love I was shown
A vision that turns to stone
Leave well enough alone
Leave well enough alone


Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44, edited by tofuwillowlithe

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  • +3
    General Commenthe was murdered by his dumb girlfriend. no one could stab themselves TWICE in the heart.
    charcoalsketchon February 08, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentupbeat tune, but the lyrics really make up for that for me.

    I don't think it's fair for people to say that a song isn't about drug use only on the basis that people believe a lot of Elliott Smith's songs are about drugs. I think this particular song is about dealing with addiction. It's safe to say if a songwriter is addicted to heroin, his music is going to reflect that.
    lemonade_stanon January 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA living will, also called will to live, advance health directive, or advance health care directive, is a specific type of power of attorney or health care proxy or advance directive. It is a legal instrument that usually is witnessed or notarized
    joe2000on April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut i don't have the thoughts you want, just a memory of love i was shown
    a vision that turns to stone
    leave well enough alone
    leave well enough alone

    I can't believe no one has commented on this yet?
    brokenspoonson January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnow that i know exactly what a living will is, this song makes me very sad.. it reminds me of the times he talked about trying to kill himself but not succeeding.
    lisalynnon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first lines aren't here.....they are:

    "time to kill, wrote a living will
    and gave it to the man in the moon"
    lost_in_twlighton April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyet another beautiful song about trying to stay off drugs.
    lowerfieldon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA living will, also called will to live, advance health directive, or advance health care directive, is a specific type of power of attorney or health care proxy or advance directive. It is a legal instrument that usually is witnessed or notarized
    joe2000on April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont this song is about drugs (shoot me)...for some reason every song seems to be percieved to be about drugs (not saying that alot arent its just alot of them have NO referance) i personally think this song is about a suicide note....as its kinda like a living will
    giv_emhellkidon August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti still don't know what a living will is, i've gone around asking and asking but i still don't get it..
    can someone give me a summed up, dumbed down version?
    myxangelxelliotton September 06, 2006   Link

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