"St. Ides Heaven" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Everything is exactly right
When I walk around here drunk every night
With an open container from 7-11
In st. ides heaven

I've been out haunting the neighborhood
And everybody can see I'm no good
When I'm walking out between parked cars
With my head full of stars

High on amphetamines
The moon is a lightbulb breaking
It'll go around with anyone
But it won't come down for anyone

You think you know what brings me down
That I want those things you could never allow
You see me smiling you think it's a frown
Turned upside down

'Cause everyone is a fucking pro
And they all got answers from trouble they've known
And they all got to say what you should and shouldn't do
Though they don't have a clue

High on amphetamines
The moon is a lightbulb breaking
It'll go around with anyone
But it won't come down for anyone

And I won't come down for anyone

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"St. Ides Heaven" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General CommentI'm suprised no-one has commented on the beautiful lines,
    " the moon is a lightbulb breaking
    it'll go around with anyone
    but it won't come down for anyone"

    To me these words are the essence of the song. They relate to so many different things. The metaphor of using a lightbulb as a shining light in someone's life, whether it is a girl you are in love with or a drug you can't get enough of is so apt. The fact that it is breaking is indicative of how the beautiful innonence of youth is so fragile, and to me conjures up visions of a beautiful young girl that cannot commit to anyone. I love this song. Elliott Smith is one of the best artists I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
    upallnighton November 07, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIs about an intervention his "friends" tried to pull on him. he clearly wasn't wanting to stop drinking.

    "st ides" is a brand of beer of course.
    samjuroon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAnyone who has struggled with addiction probably gets this song word for word.

    He lays out the highs of the highs... of the drinks, the wandering, the speed, whatever.

    "Everyone can see I'm no good." This is both the lurking self-deprecation and also the eff-off feeling you get when you're riled up and you get the stink-eye.

    He moves on to a recovery meeting and the thoughts you have when you're listening to "pros" blah-blahing away about their "crap"... and you're not ready to give in. The irony here is that any recovery "pro" knows there are no pros, there are only people who make it one day at a time.

    The references to the moon are simply be the cold, constant companion you have when night-wandering. You are "alone, but not lonely", which is a fancy way of saying "lonely, but buried under your own visions of the world which nobody else gets".

    "I won't come down for anyone". I know this feeling well.
    mook20707on January 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits really describes how people feel when they are depressed, drunk on it, how no one really gets it and gives their sad stories and "helpful" advise but you know they still dont really get it.
    nopoeticon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell this song is the shit i mean its got a good catch with the high on amphetamines. its got a nice hum.. like with his notes there on that part very pretty. drunken could mean a number of things could mean alcohol could mean pills.. both we wont ever know
    emilykantaron December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny...when playing this song, it's impossible to "dress it up". You want to play it with your thumb and nothing else. That's one of the things I like best about this song. The only version I have now of this song is the one off the 1998 live in D.C. bootleg, and I think it is (as are the others on the disc) solo-Elliott at his best.
    Best pairing suggestion: on the back porch, on a spring night, with Christmas lights, drunk on a wide mixture of alcohol, and looking upwards. The stars should be spinning.
    facedownowlson January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcos everyone is a fucking pro
    and they all got answers from trouble they've known
    and they all got to say what you should and shouldn't do
    though they don't have a clue

    I had always loved Elliott Smith to death but it was when i first heard this line that i knew he was my idol
    Lloydon February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRemarkably true for my life. Drugs and all. Plus the annoying interventions, psychology majors, people who've read The Bell Jar one times too many.
    fatalismon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti won't come down for anyone

    charcoalsketchon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah.. he's definitely talking about being drunk on alcohol.
    because uh.
    st. ides is strong malt liquor. 8.2%, in a 40, fucks you up real good.
    charcoalsketchon June 15, 2006   Link

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