"High Times" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Coma kid taught me how
He'd come to follow you around
Wherever you go
Said I don't go where I'm supposed to go

And I don't go really anywhere you know
Told me how he's driven by a curse
'Til he kicked out into reverse
Said I don't go where I'm supposed to go

And I don't go really anywhere you know
I made up my mind and I don't mind saying so
I went to meet you at central square
And when I couldn't find you there

I went walking around the city some more
People watching with a cold blank stare
And I saw your face in everyone I swear
Seems I never get your kick quite right

I was walkin' slow to a dirty dive
I'm so sick and tired tryin' to change your mind
When its so easy to disconnect mine

High times
High times
High times
Yeah I feel fine
High times
High times
High times

Man I feel fine
Don't pick me up
I'm fine right where I am
I don't go where I'm supposed to go
Where I'm supposed to go


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"High Times" as written by Steven P. Smith

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  • +3
    General CommentI signed up here because no-one had commented on this song. I've just heard the Basement B-sides and this is easily the best track there.
    Much alike 2:45am it builds to somewhat of a crescendo but I think this is much more effective. Looking at the lyrics doesn't really give justice to how the song really is or how it makes me feel.
    A feel a sense of desperation in the song. The line "yeah I feel fine" couldn't be sung in a less convincing way.

    But the line that leaves me breathless everytime is:
    "i was so sick and tired tryin to change your mind
    when its so easy to disconnect mine"

    God damn I love Elliot.
    binauralon October 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah this song reminds me of 2:45 am too at the pick up...it's really a brilliant song...the lines "im so sick of tired to change your mind when it's so easy to disconnect mine" really hit close to home for me.
    MusicIsMyCrackon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of the best songs on there, definetly.

    i like this line the most: "i made up my mind and i don't mind saying so" and the song really kicks in after this part.
    faelanon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti went to meet you at central square
    and when i couldnt find you there
    i went walking around the city some more
    people watching with a cold blank stare
    and i saw your face in everyone i swear

    I love that part. This song is genuis, dripping with feeling.
    tambamon October 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an intense and haunting song, and what an effect it has. This is one of his best unrealeased tracks in my opinion. I love when he sings "I'm fine right where I am."
    tranquilasadoveon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. Hey there's a couple T's at the end of Elliott, not just one.
    AustinKon July 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised there is not more comments on this one. It's one of my favorites. Everyone's already said everything though.
    Love, love, love
    bitterbritteron May 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorites.
    Ironically, this is a great song to listen to when high.
    abodyofenglishon November 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSadly I was really late discovering Elliott Smith. But since I have, I cannot get enough of him!

    A really good friend of mine died of a Heroin overdose a couple years ago, and this song was and is, on my favorite song list.
    This song completely connected to my friends death in my mind.
    Here’s why...

    ‘Told me how he’s been driven by a curse
    Til he kicked out into reverse”
    Anyone who’s ever dealt with heroin addiction knows that it’s a curse
    That you live with and most likely wrestle with the rest of your life.
    And those lines make me think about the in and out of using
    Kicking

    “Said I don’t go where I’m supposed to go
    And I don’t really go anywhere at all”
    ....Your life is stunted when using
    You stop enjoying doing the things you used to

    “And I made up my mind and I don’t mind”
    Giving into to getting high

    “‘I went to meet you at central square
    And when I couldn’t find you there
    I went walking round the city some more’”
    ‘People watching with a cold blank stare’”
    “And I saw your face in everyone I swear”
    ...anyone not part of your world at this point is alien.
    That entire verse haunted me because my friend who died
    I kept expecting to see him just cruising around town
    But he was gone

    ‘ I was walking slow to a dirty dive’
    ... describes the feeling of being really loaded..
    ...In your own world

    ‘I was so sick of trying to change your mind
    When it’s so easy to disconnect mind’
    I’ve never known one addict who wasn’t trying to get off of dope
    And usually you have a buddy
    You don’t want to quit alone
    So you make little pacts that tomorrow you’ll both stop
    But it’s just so much easier to go get high again

    ‘High times
    Yeah I feel fine”
    ‘Don’t pick me up
    Cause I’m fine right where I am”
    If it weren’t a great feeling
    It wouldn’t be so hard to quit

    ‘I don’t go where I’m supposed to go’
    copping dope

    There’s not an addict out there that does not wrestle with their addiction
    In my opinion

    So I could be wrong
    But the beautiful thing about music is it speaks to us all right where we are in that moment
    And this was my song for losing my friend

    Madlove9on April 01, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a couple things:

    "i was so sick and tired tryin to change your mind"

    sounds like it's in the present tense, i.e "i'm so sick and tired tryin'a (trying to) change your mind", especially when you look at the line after it.

    but anyway this song is so amazing. this + georgia are my favourite ES songs
    blahduon November 08, 2005   Link

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