"Waltz #1" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Everytime the day darkens down
And goes away, pictures open
In my head of me and you

Silent and cliche all the things
We did and didn't say
Covered up, by what we did and didn't do
Going through

Every hour I used to cope to make
The repetition stop
What was I supposed to say?


Now I never leave my zone, we're both alone
I'm going home
I wish I'd never seen your face

Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44, edited by cadrashalluckus

"Waltz #1" as written by Steven P. Smith

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  • +5
    General Commenti think this song, like "i didnt understand", is about a relationship that ended and he has regrets and thoughs of "well what if i had done or said this?" he feels really hurt and is alone with all these thoughts and whishes to forget her
    sha shaon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwhenever he's down he remembers the good things, the pictures, in a relationship so complete... then he starts thinking of were it went wrong, why it fell apart. instead of facing and working thru their problems they danced around them. before they knew it the problems had damaged their bond beyond repair, and he still does not know what he could have done or said to have saved them. still looking for the answer... he cant let it go. he's imprisoned in the aftermath, haunted by her image, the agony so intense he'd rather have never known her than to be trapped re-living the pain, regret, loss, suffering. he cant escape the memories, he cant stop loving her...
    meansnothing2meon January 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a relationship that had no real basis because these two people couldn't communicate properly. Now every time they argue, he's constantly asking her what he was supposed to say in the first place. Thus, he's even more guarded and cut off from her. So he wishes they'd never met in the first place.
    luvpickfordon October 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always vaguely suspected this song might be about his relationship with his father, more from the title than anything else. Since Waltz #2 is about his mother and step-father, I've always taken it's title as a reference to his and his mother's waltz (so to speak) with father/husband #2. So it stands to reason that Waltz #1 would be about "waltzing" with father #1. It sounds far-fetched when I put it like that, but the similar titles connect the two songs for me in more than just a structural 3/4 time sort of way (particularly suspicious is the placement of Waltz #1 after Waltz #2 on the album).

    In any case, I agree that Waltz #1 is about a failed relationship, and that it's beautiful. God, this man's music breaks my heart.
    Oedipa_Maason July 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentelliott is too gorgeous for words. what a lovely soul.

    What was i suppose to say?

    this line makes my skin crawl. it is frighteningly beautiful and haunting. No matter what mood or situation i'm in he has a song to sooth me.
    NobodyBrokeon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is one of his saddest songs
    the repetition and exaggeration of 'I wish i'd never seen your face'
    Placeholderon October 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah most likly, but this song kicks ass
    man on tvon June 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, this song reminds me of the movie Donnie Darko. It kinda sounds like the type of music that is in that film. It is such a beautiful song, I love it.

    RIP Elliott. We love you
    Duranie147DCon October 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe tune of this part is exactly like something from Donnie Darko, but I believe that it is just a coincidence. Lovely piece though.

    I agree with the idea about not understanding and possibly also regretting.
    simply becauseon October 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song!
    dirty_pillowson January 25, 2005   Link

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