"The Poisoned Well" as written by and Samuel J. Coomes....
You only hurt the one you love
That may be true
But better said, you only hurt the one who loves you

We went through hell
Just to get to hell
Die of thirst of drink up form the poisoned well

I kept the things inside
At least I never lied
I'm not trying to document my suicide

You won't live long
But you may write the perfect song
Please excuse those who choose to not play along


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"The Poisoned Well" as written by Samuel J. Coomes

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    General CommentSam doesn't exist for Elliott. Not every Quasi song about depression, suicide, etc. are about Elliott. Listen to the song for what it's worth people.
    "We went through hell
    Just to get to hell
    Die of thirst of drink up form the poisoned well"

    Die of thirst or drink up from the poisoned f**king well. It's what the world is all about. Take a look around.
    pcianciarusoon November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNever really thought of it that way but it makes sense, anyway.
    HughLloydon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmm....well elliot didnt think so did he? it makes sense but...i dunno.
    jacky4290on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWoah, that's very interesting! I never thought of it that way.
    TenderLumplingon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentElliott smith has a song called 'from a poisoned well' that would seem to be more of a reply.
    CHEERINGONBOMBSon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if this was toward Elliot Smith, considering they did play this song together.
    peechloveon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting to compare it to Elliott Smith, and a few lines make sense that way ("you only hurt the one who loves you", "You won't live long But you may write the perfect song") but I think its just about the music industry. Die of thirst i.e go broke while playing the music you want or drink up from the poison well, i.e make the money with the corporation but kind of sell you soul. The last line, which seems the most like an Elliott reference, I think just means, you might write a famous song to please everyone, but don't hold it against him for not wanting to take part in the people pleasing business.
    micksteron February 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA stab at elliott smith? With elliotts reply to this song being 'everybody cares, everybody understands? Im not too sure but thats how i have always sorta perceived it as.
    howz_gon June 01, 2005   Link

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