Song Meaning I think it's important to look at the perspective of the Narrator.
Join Now! A lot of the song's evocative quality, in fact, stems from its combination of a back-story about the singer's relationship to his mother mixed with a painful evocation of his distant attachment to a woman in the present.
Memory This song holds such sentimental value to me, i well up everytime i hear it.. It could be his mother in the past calling his name, or the woman in the crowd in the present. Anyways, he said that this Elliot Smith guy sat around and did a bunch of herion for like a year straight and wrote a whole bunch of words.
OpenMindAudio this is one of the most insightful and glorious song interpretations I've seen on this website. General Comment I heard about Elliot Smith from a new friend of mine as we were suggesting music to each other.
Log in to add a tag. The "dead china doll" could be a memory of his distant mother with her new husband years ago, or it could be a woman the singer sees in the bar in the present, someone he longs to be with.
One that you might see back in the 1940's. As if they are meant directly for him. This is the human condition, the human impulse. There's no reason that both of these interpretations can't be true. I really agree.
OpenMindAudio Wow, thank you for taking the time to write this out. First the mic then a half cigarette Singing cathy's clown That's the man that she's married to now That's the girl that he takes around town She appears composed, so she is, I suppose Who can really tell?
OpenMindAudio That's a beautiful way to reveal the powerful ambiguity in Elliott's songs; and, of course more generally, in music. You have a great understanding of his biography and his psychology, wow.
He really was one of the finest lyricist recorded to date. She shows no emotion at all Stares into space like a dead china doll I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow Now she's done and they're calling someone Such a familiar name I'm so glad that my memory's remote 'Cause I'm doing just fine hour to hour, note to note Here it is, the revenge to the tune, "You're no good, You're no good you're no good you're no good" Can't you tell that it's well understood?
I'm tired, I'm tired.