The Late Movies: 10 Elliott Smith Songs

Chris Higgins

In honor of today's post on the Elliott Smith documentary Strange Parallel, here's a collection of Elliot Smith playing some of his best songs. Smith died on October 21, 2003, at age 34. Read more about him at Wikipedia.

"Waltz #2 (XO)"

A beautiful performance of one of my favorite songs.

"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?"

"Needle in the Hay"

A rare electric-guitar version of the song from 2000. Most of us know this tune from The Royal Tenenbaums.

"Bled White"

From the same concert as "Needle in the Hay," this is just a straight-up rocker.

"Ballad of Big Nothing"

Wait through the shot of an empty chair for a killer encore. "You want to hear old songs or new songs?" I guess "old songs" won out.

Here's a very different version from the Reading Festival in 1998.

"Say Yes"

Apparently recorded on September 19, 2003 -- just a month before his death, and his last show.

"Rose Parade"

Recorded in 1999. The Rose Parade is an event held annually in Portland, Oregon (aka the "Rose City").

"Alphabet Town"

A strange mixture of Sesame Street animation and shots of letters around town.

"Between the Bars"

From the short film Lucky Three.

"The Biggest Lie"

Video from the memorial to Smith erected in Los Angeles the day after his death.