"Everything Reminds Me of Her" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
I never really had a problem because of leaving
But everything reminds me of her this evening

So if I seem a little out of it
But why should I lie
Everything reminds me of her

The spin of the earth impaled a silhouette of the sun on the steeple
And I gotta hear the same sermon all the time now from you people
Why are you staring into outer space crying
Just because you came across it and lost it

Everything reminds me of her
Everything reminds me of her
Everything reminds me of her

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"Everything Reminds Me of Her" as written by Steven Paul Smith Steven P. Smith

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is the saddest song ever.
    the words seem so indifferent toward his feelings, though he's obviously hurt.
    way too many memories with this song, too.
    belle1313on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah its kind of funny how any song you look at by elliot smith someone says "think about it dude, its about drugs"
    Silhouette1on May 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentno, no, no...not all of his loves were drugs you know...maybe for a lost love, like when those moments where all the things around you remind you of someone you were once with...pictures, clothing, whatever. plus, after reading about him, he left his mother in tx to live with his dad in portland at around age 13 or so...maybe it's about his mom. and that's a strong connection. so...let's just drop the drug analogies and see through the 'obvious'?
    MARY Kon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, wise ass. this is my interpretation, be objective or be nothing! the words 'i think' scatter my comments, i notice that yours do not. I thought this site was about interpretation and thought, not persistent crap about what should be and what isn't. Argue your case via an interpretation, or a 'moromic'(sic) "It's about a girl" basis.
    dont devalue the site with your blinkered views!
    diameyeon March 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe talk about this song being about drugs reminds me of a similar thing with joy division. everyone assumes that jd's songs are about ian curtis' impending suicide. granted, many of them are, just like many of elliott's songs are about drugs, but its unfair to jump to conclusions without any basis other than a stereotype.

    i dont see any reason why ERMOH refers to drugs. at the time that he wrote this I believe he was still into heroin. its not until later, around basement on a hill, that he speaks of drugs as something well in the past (a fond farewell). throughout this period in his music he refers to drugs as kind've a sad relief in his life. in this case the subject of his attention is something he's lost and misses. The "sermon" line is just a very general reference toward being lectured. This could equally be about drugs or about his sadness (staring into space, crying) but, in the context of the song, it's clearly about a lost love.
    One of the most beautiful and genuine songs ever written.

    Why are you staring into outer space, crying?
    Just because you came across it, and lost it

    At this point in his life he still had drugs, and the option of doing them. He didn't lose them. However, he did go through a lot've romances and is either referring to a specific person or the feeling in general.
    ddark13on July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd I got to hear the same sermon
    All the time now from you people
    Why are you staring into outer space, crying?
    Just because you came across it, and lost it

    Perhaps Elliott was challenging the mantra that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. It seems fitting to me, I know the only reason I've ever looked into the stars I've been dreamily thinking of someone I wanted to be with. I don't know. I love this song though.
    dredgfan77on December 23, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is almost definitely about a girl, about some sort of failed relationship, as many people have already described. However, part of me lately has been entertaining the idea that this song is actually about his mom. Elliott has written about her (seemingly) in the past, and I feel as though a lot of his issues revolved around his early life with her and his step father Charlie that eventually led up to him leaving to live with his father. I get this feeling that even though he knew the crappy situation with his step father wasn't his fault, that he sort of blamed himself for leaving his mom. Hence "I never really had a problem because of leaving, but everything reminds me of her this evening." The only line I can't really reconcile with this interpretation is "Just because you came across it and lost it." Again, most likely about a failed relationship, but I figured this interpretation was an interesting take on things.
    Scribbler17on August 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHe lost a girl. He regrets losing her more than anything. His friends tell him he needs to snap out of this staring into outerspace and crying because its over now and that he needs to move on, but he can't.
    Simple as that.
    asmallbirdon August 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of my favorite elliott songs why is is so underrated sigh.....
    staymonkeyon January 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis is the saddest song... obviously it means that everything he does, or see's, or anything reminds him of her.
    sorryaboutthaton March 29, 2003   Link

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