"Rose Parade" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
You asked me to come down and watch the parade
To march down the street like the Duracell bunny
But we get away from the cavalcade
Throwing out candy that looks like money
To people passing by
They'd all seem to be going the other way

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

Tripped over a dog in a choke-chain collar
People were shouting and pushing and saying
They'd traded a smoke for a food stamp dollar

Ridiculous marching band started playing
Got me singing along
With some half-hearted victory song

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

The trumpet has obviously been drinking
Cause he's fucking up even the simplest lines
You say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
It's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine
When they clean the street, I'll be the only shit that's left behind

So won't you follow me down to the Rose Parade?

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"Rose Parade" as written by Steven P. Smith

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  • +4
    General CommentFrom an interview:

    ES: And Rose Parade is a parade that happens in Portland every year.
    Interviewer: Oh wow. So..
    ES: But, \"Rose Parade\" wasn\'t really supposed to be about that parade. It was just supposed to be about parades in general, like the way people parade around and expect you to join in on their peacock march. You know? Someone does, \"We\'re looking good,\" that kind of attitude. It\'s like, people get fucked over a lot by sorta trying to parade around as something that they\'re not really, but they can be for a little while, but then it all goes wrong.
    Interviewer: I liked how it was \"Energizer Bunny\" with the exclamation points in yr lyrics, that was pretty funny.
    ES: Well, actually it was Duracell bunny, and the funny thing is that I just made it up that way, and I recorded it like that. And then someone was like, \"Hey man, it\'s the Energizer bunny.\" And I was like, \"Oh, yr right it\'s not the Duracell bunny!\" But actually, I like it even better that way.
    Interviewer: Yeah, it\'s like you twisted it.
    ES: \'Cause it\'s even less right. [laughs]
    lifeonautopiloton April 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentROSE PARADE. yeah, its a wonderful thing. PORTLAND OREGON, BABY.
    xthexpiratexon June 24, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"the trumpet has obviously been drinking
    because he's fucking up even the simplest lines
    i'd say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing
    it's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine"

    Funny. Presumaby, 'everyone' is interested in the parade itself. But Elliott Smith's interest is in the 'sight worth seeing', which appears to be the trumpet player drunk and messing up his parts.

    In other words, ES expresses his perceived distance from the crowds and his tendency to focus on the negative by picking out someone 'fucking up' where 'everyone' else is marching, winking, waving, having fun.
    gravitydwarfon January 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Perhaps some people just download, not buy Elliott's stuff! :-("

    Umm... he's dead. I doubt your money is being delivered via the river Styx. Sorry to disappoint.
    RadishWhiteIcicleon March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a good song.
    moremodestmouseon August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe fact that i live in portland and love this song is only a coincidence. the lyrics are easy to relate to, about not being interested and feeling like you're nothing and just coasting through your day. yeah.
    zengrasshopper11on September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagain, elliott's self-esteem strikes:
    "when they clean the street i'll be the only shit that's left behind"

    so sad! why did he hate himself so much? :(
    brown_polyesteron November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBecause he was a depressed, drug-addicted alcoholic, whom I loved. "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow"...
    NishFetson December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love how duracell bunny is really the energizer bunny and can totally visualize the whole scene right in my head. nothing more depressing about a parade anyway...they are full of such pomp and circumstance; and whether it's in portland and coincidentally in la, the idea of a parade on new years day is just another day of hangovers and trying to put on heirs that just get faked out anyways...
    ' it's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine '
    and how true for him. he always seemed to see the bigger picture! lovely.
    MARY Kon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I'm not sure whether he hated himself or not. People draw that conclusion too quickly and believe they can psychoanalyze another through poetry. Read some Kierkegaard, and you will understand.
    blackout2oo7on January 10, 2005   Link

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