"Elevate Me Later" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
Well you greet the tokens and stamps
Beneath the fake oil burnin' lamps
In the city we forgot to name
The concourse is four-wheeled shame

And the courthouse's double-breast
I'd like to check out your public protests
Why you're complaining? Ta!
You sleep with electric guitars

Range rovin' with the cinema stars
And I wouldn't want to shake their hands
'Cause they're in such a high protein land
Because there's 40 different shades of black

So many fortresses and ways to attack
So why you complaining? Ta!


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"Elevate Me Later" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is also a sequel of sorts, to "Loretta's Scars" from _Slanted & Enchanted_. The subtitle is "Ell ess two" == LS2.
    sintaxion September 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits poking fun of the shallowness of culture and its not really elevating him.
    trapperon February 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother social critique on California and the LA scene.
    huntmstron April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeh it's a great skewering of PC, saying how it basically wastes progressive energy on hairsplitting ("forty different shades of black/so many fortresses and ways to attack"). I gotta agree with him there.
    Also like how he mockingly refers to protests as "complaining".
    Quonseton April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It puts me in a good mood. The middle part is... quite a surprise!
    WarAgainstBoyson April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, but for some reason i like the early version "ell ess two" better. more lo-fi, better name...
    Snevikon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song with a verse melody that is unforgettable. Gotta love that second verse: "guitars", "stars", "hand", "land"! -Top Notch song. I think it is about (in fact all of 'Crooked Rain') is about the Music industry, LA life and California culture. As Stephen Malkmus said in the Liner notes of 'Crooked Rain', "We made our Hotel California" - another record about the Music Industry.
    bkat004on May 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is almost insignificant but it sounds like SM says "Top" not "Ta" which makes sense because then they start at the beginning of the song again. He is just yelling to the other members start at the top!
    couldBanyoneon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMalkmus explained that this song is about his disdain for Political Correctness.
    molofanon March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've thought through this song several times- simply because I like it so much. I know SM kind of saise otherwhise, but its fits the bill perfectly for sending the message, "Don't look up to the lives of others much because they have their own problems as well" and to accept your life. I'm prett sure its not Ta but Tough, which I'm pretty sure he saise in Ell es two and makes a lot more sense- "Why are you complaining? Tough!"

    Well your greed for tokens and stamps
    Underneath the fake oil burning lamps
    In the city we forgot to name
    The concourse' is a four wheel shame
    And the courthouse is double breast
    I'd like to check out your public (bodily) protest
    So why you complaining? ta!

    I think this talks from the perspective/ to the perspective of someone who doesn't have a lot of money- fake lamps, city area that's not too important. And complaining about it.

    Those who sleep with electric guitars
    Range roving with the cinema stars
    And I wouldn't want to shake their hand
    Cause they're in such a high protein land
    Because there's forty different shades of black
    So many fortresses and ways to attack
    So why you complaining? ta!

    That part is about being a star, which most people wish they could be. Its saying that they have tough times as well and it isn't all that great. They have many good but many bads as well (so many fortresses and ways to attack" or something along those lines. 40 shades of black refers to how everyone has difficulties in different ways. Political correctness may actually fit into this somehow- I think SM was kindof upset of how many people wished they could be big bands and thought the stars led amazing lives- kindof telling everyone to stop complaining because where he is it isn't much better.
    TheGreatOzmasteron July 29, 2006   Link

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