"No Name #6" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
You've got the wrong equation
Your figures fell so you make more up
All's false in celebration
If only you could just change your luck
This time we can't lose
This time we can't lose
You're pushing nine you're doing pretty
But you're playing with the sound turned down
We drive along between the cows and cotton
Saying with the stars all around
This time we can't lose
This time we can't lose
The moon is in a sickle shape
You know you're only really happy just for now
Looked at the city scape
Well there's a planet that'll catch you and drag you back down
This time we can't lose
This time we can't lose
This time we can't lose
This time we can't lose
Can't lose
Can't lose


Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44, edited by Aragorn224, Timefiller

"No Name #6" as written by

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    General Commenti think he's saying

    "you're pushing 90 through a pretty picture
    playing with the sound turned down"

    that's what i hear at least.
    charcoalsketchon March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great, has no one realized this? I love it.
    precipitateon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat album is this on, where can I find the complete list of all the elliott smith songs.
    the_gondola_manon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is on the Divison Day single. You can get all elliott smith info at sweetadeline.net
    RomanCandleon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes no one have a comment on the meaning of this song? I havent quite figured it out yet, but I am curious to hear anyones opinion. I especially love the line 'youre only happy just for now'.
    lisalynnon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dont know but i think it's elliott talking about someone who's very positively trying to be happy but knows they're a failure really. And this time we can't lose is about how they choose not to see it.
    diameyeon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis I belive is a song about Elliott's guilt about being famous. He had alot of friends who were musictions and he vewed alot of them as being better than he was. so be felt this guilt at his own success. So alot of times he dissowned it.you're pushing nine you're doing pretty
    but you're playing with the sound turned down
    we drive along between the cows and cotton
    saying with the stars all around
    hes saying your doing really well but you dont deserve it your from some cow town in texas, now your hanging out with the stars in LA. this was wrighten late Either/Or era, after the whole oscar thing.
    imacleighon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the way he almost chants, "This time we can't lose..."
    doyou missmeon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could be wrong, but I heard it as "All smiles and celebration."
    knightwriteron April 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about replacement theory; about someone who decides to make over things by running away from their problems, but finds out along the roadtrip that it's as useless as a solution as anything else.
    Sinfantile76on April 03, 2009   Link

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