"The White Lady Loves You More" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Keep your things in a place meant to hide
But I know they're there somewhere
And I know that's where you'll go tonight
I'll be thrown over just like before

The white lady loves you more
Need a metal man just to pick up your feet
It's a long time since you cared enough for me to even be discrete
I know what this metal is for

The white lady loves you more
I'm looking at a hand full of broken plans
And I'm tired of playing it down
You just want her to do anything for you

There ain't nothing that you won't allow
You wake up in the middle of the night
From a dream you won't remember flashing on like a cop's light
You say she's waiting and I know what for

The white lady loves you more
The white lady

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"The White Lady Loves You More" as written by Steven P. Smith

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  • +4
    My OpinionYou guys who are getting worked up in a debate over whether Elliott was referring specifically to heroin or cocaine are seriously missing the point of this song. You're missing the forest for the trees. This song is one of the most profound accounts of what addiction feels like that I've ever heard in my life. It's a standout (among so many flawless songs) from the self-titled album.

    I've always been in awe of how his voice and delivery could be so fragile, yet the words themselves pack such a vicious punch...the effect is both spellbinding and devastating.

    "I'm looking at a hand full of broken plans
    And I'm tired of playing it down
    You just want her to do anything for you
    There ain't nothing that you won't allow"

    Doesn't this just speak for itself? Brilliant. Elliott Smith was one of the realest songwriters out there, RIP friend.
    giallo11on February 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually, the "metal man" could refer to a bent spoon used to cook up heroin, or to the syringe itself, with its metal needle.

    And an addict doesn't need to be hooked on an upper to need a fix to get going. An opiate addict goes through awful withdrawals when they go without a fix for too long, and at a certain level of addiction one needs the drug just to feel normal - to quell the shaking and nausea etc. It seems likely to me that the addict Elliott is referring to has reached this point - he or she doesn't just shoot up once in a while to get high, they need it day in and day out to feel "normal" - to "pick up their feet".

    Its also important to note the many references to heroin that are sprinkled throughout the s/t album. Why would the topic of discussion change so dramatically now? Its obvious to me that the drug use of people around him was affecting Elliott dramatically at this time ... why they would suddenly change their DOC is beyond me. It doesn't make sense. So I'm not buying....
    angel_in_the_snowon September 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the best song about addiction I have ever heard. The first time I listened to it, it made cry. There are many songs about drug addiction, but usually they are about battles with the drug itself and not about the personal relationships it destroys. This song seems so private, that it is almost uncomfortable to hear. How brilliant to write the lyrics from the standpoint of a girlfriend who is jealous of this other "lady".
    MarshmallowPeepon October 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcoke, heroin, meth, whatever. i don't think that really affects the overall message the song is giving.

    it has a very interesting, unique perspective than most other drug ballads; i can't believe i have never heard it before.
    vulgaron February 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about being in love with a woman who's hooked on cocaine ("the white lady"). "Metal" is a slang term I'm unfamiliar with, though, but it's a fair bet it's about drugs.
    noteworthyon April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClose, but no cigar... "The White Lady" is a term for heroin, noteworthy. It's about a love for the drug, not for a woman.
    mon no jigokuon June 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure that "metal" refers to a needle.
    indie evanon June 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is another of his great songs where he packs so much anguish in a beautiful, delicate package. It's a lilting waltz, yet it's about the pain of loving someone addicted to heroin. He uses the phrase "thrown over" which was used in the early part of the 20th century for, as we so crassly put it, being dumped. Just a beautiful song.
    hayes6on December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems like it is about being in love with someone who is addicted to some sort of drug, maybe specifically herion in this case. being traded in for the drug. i believe this song is written from the perspective of the person who was in love with him while he was going through his addiction. pretty deep.
    nopoeticon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always thought, and since 'basement on a hill's" track "king's crossing" and about "i've got a date with a rich white lady...well, she represents death. The white lady loves you more is like saying, death is finite, it will be the answer for him and the ultimate beckoning from reality and his struggles and attempts to find a keep love are answered in death. She loves him more than the people in his life do? grasping for straws, but i like to see beyond the drugs...
    MARY Kon December 23, 2004   Link

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