I'm a ghostwriter for an ocean in a shell
From the poison well
In the corridor by a picture in a frame
Of a man with no name
Don't get back into a corner
Talking to yourself
Come on back to me
My bright tomorrow
But if you feel hollow
Well, it's probably because you are
Well, at least so far
I think of you with hesitation
I think of you too hard
Come on back to me
But don't make me sorry
I'm a ghostwriter for an ocean in a shell
From the poison well
From the poison well

Lyrics submitted by TheBends, edited by IncreasingMeteornium

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  • +2
    General Commentit is also worth noting that this is another example of elliott writing two seperate meaningful sets of lyrics for the same melody - these lyrics are sung to the tune of "first timer," which was released recently on New Moon. elliott seemed to do that alot - he was always revising lyrics to fit his mood and mindset at the time (see also the version of miss misery on blue moon, etc) . i think its a fascinating look at the mind of a musical genius at work ... and im so grateful that he recorded so much of it so we could try to understand
    angel_in_the_snowon October 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmay have been a reply to to Quasi's song "the poisoned well" with the following lyrics:

    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
    CHEERINGONBOMBSon January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere is this song from????
    myxangelxelliotton September 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentelliottsmithbsides.com/…

    Just got leaked a couple of days ago :)
    Yer_Maon September 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom a poison well, not poisoned....
    rollercoastersonjaon February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this an early version of First Timer, or was First Timer an early version of this?

    "I think of you with hesitation
    I think of you too hard
    Come on back to me
    Don't make me sorry"
    emilykmkzon February 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know about the ghost part, but a writer for an ocean in a shell is great imagery for what he probably perceived himself as- not that I know this is what he intended the line to mean, but that's my guess.
    dgfthqyon November 12, 2009   Link

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