"Tomorrow Tomorrow" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Everybody knows which way you go straight to over no one
Wants to see you inside of me straight to over I heard the
Hammer at the lock say you're deaf and dumb and done give
Yourself another talk this time make it sound like someone the

Noise is coming out, and if it's not out now, then tomorrow
Tomorrow they took your life apart and called you failures art
They were wrong though they wont know 'til tomorrow I got
Static in my head the reflected sound of everything tried to go

To where it led but it didn't lead to anything the noise is
Coming out, and if it's not out now, I know it's just about to
Drown tomorrow out

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"Tomorrow Tomorrow" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General Comment"I got static in my head, the reflected sound of everything/Tried to go to where it lead but it didn't lead to anything."

    I always took this as he was unable to make sense of his surroundings and happenings; he was unable to put the pieces to life's puzzle together and make sense of it all, so he's just left with static; white noise; he couldn't make any connections or see any harmonies. I think when he says it's "coming out" and "if it's not out now I know it's just about to drown tomorrow out" he's saying that he knows if he doesn't start to put the pieces together, he's going to get lost in the frustration and not be able to take advantage of his future.
    newmonkeyon September 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I got static in my head / The reflected sound of everything" ... classic. Very New York.
    ZipperHeadon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentjust wanted to add-- the intro fingerpicking is very very nick drake. (i.e.amazing, but that goes without saying.)

    jillycon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is pretty clearly about music industry pressure during a time of writer's block or slow output.

    "No one wants to see You inside of me" - No one wants to hear something that isn't completely Elliott i.e. studio suit input.

    "I heard the hammer at the lock" - trying to speed the process along when the music is "locked" up

    "Say you're deaf and dumb and done" - I would say it means that they're telling him he's deaf and dumb because his incomplete songs are good enough or done but I feel like this might just be more because it's catchy.

    "The noise is coming out And if it's not out now Then tomorrow, tomorrow" - The music is coming and he's not going to rush it

    "They took your life apart And called your failures art" - Elliott again referencing his distaste for his label and for them telling him his songs are finished when he is not satisfied with them

    "They were wrong, though They won't know till tomorrow" - Being a badass and not giving in

    "I got static in my head The reflected sound of everything Tried to go to where it led But it didn't lead to anything" - Songwriters block, hearing a lot but not being able to finish the songs

    "The noise is coming out And if it's not out now I know it's just about To drown tomorrow out" - My best guess is he's saying when the music comes it will drown the studio out finally. Also sounds like some reference to drugs/suicide/general depressed feelings but that may be too simplistic.
    kerneron January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is some of the most beautiful guitar play i've ever heard
    meansnothing2meon January 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti know firsthand that "static" doesn't have to be metaphorical.

    i think when he says "...i know it's just about to drown tomorrow out" that he is still talking about the static.

    after a while, you're detached from most everything. to the point where you really have no tomorrow. to the point where it really doesn't matter.
    cwheatleyon March 06, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI've got another theory: maybe this song is about the pressures put on him by the record companies to make more music. "Called your failures art" could refer to the fact that he hated his most popular songs, and loved the ones that most people hated. Or maybe he thought that all of his songs were failures.
    gmanyoon February 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwish i could play that
    j.acobon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. . .I think that the guy in the song is coping with a friend's suicide and is frustrated with the hypocrisy of the people around him. It also seems like everyone fears for his mental health now, but they didn't care about him or the friend before the death. I think he's also scared that the static in his head will never end, and he'll end up just like the deceased. Listen to this song and then read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky-- they go perfectly together.
    spindleon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentphantmsangel, I concur.
    JimmieNeverDieson November 08, 2004   Link

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