Elliott Smith - A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free Lyrics




I'm floating in a black balloon
O.D. on Easter afternoon
My mama told me "Baby stay clean
There's no in-between"
And all you ladies and you gentlemen
Between is all you've ever seen or been
Fit poorly and arrange the sight
Doll it up in virgin white
You disappoint me, you people raking in on the world
The devil's script sells you the heart of a blackbird
Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart
Sun's rising on a chopping glare
Rain dropping acid bought up in the air
A distorted reality's now a necessity to be free
It's so disappointing
First I put it all down to luck
God knows why my country don't give a fuck
Fuck
Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart
Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart





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  1. Rad Bones

    Rock and roll Elliott rip

  2. Rad Bones

    So fucking good

  3. Sebastian Schultz

    I want these lyrics with the other instrumental

  4. Bmchaney Bmchaney

    Until then...you'll always kill me with every stab and hatred...but I Love you. He taught me How It Works... you give and you receive

  5. Lisa Presley

    This is such a hauntingly beautiful song. This is one of a few that i want played at my funeral.

  6. A.K.

    He said more in a song title than some artists do on an entire album

    Delusion is an Illusion

    Yeah a bit too much. Not all titles need to be so descriptive

  7. Harkeerat Of The Apollo Cabin

    I'm floating in a black balloon
    OD on Easter afternoon
    My momma told me,
    "Baby stay clean, there's no in between."

    All you ladies and you gentlemen
    Between's all you've ever seen or been,
    Fit poorly and and arrange the sight
    Doll it up in virgin white.

    You disappoint me
    You people raking in on the world
    The devil's script sells
    You the heart of a blackbird.

    Shine on me baby
    Cause it's raining in my heart.

    Sun rising on a chopping glare
    Rain dropping acid blotter in the air
    Distorted reality's now a necessity
    To be free.

    So disappointing,
    First I put it all down to luck
    God knows why my
    Country don't give a fuck (fuck).

    Shine on me baby
    Cause it's raining in my heart.
    Shine on me baby
    Cause it's raining in my heart

  8. Kevin Thomas

    Obviously Elliott was a 'libtard'. He was so right. Love you man and miss you.

    Kevin Thomas

    @Jackson Szabo "God knows why my
    Country don't give a fuck"

    Danielle Marin

    @Kevin Thomas I don't know how old you are or what your, if any, political leanings are, but I fail to see how the line "God knows why my country don't give a fuck" would label Elliott as a "libtard", an expression that I loathe, to boot. He was correct - his country didn't give a fuck and clearly it gives even less of a fuck today then it did 16 years ago before Elliott checked out.
    Just to be reasonable as to what a "libtard" even is, though I have my own specific definition of things outside of what the internet says, I use the Urban Dictionaries definition:

    1. an individual, whose thinking process has been

    rendered impaired by political correctness and the
    failure to understand that people are responsible
    for their actions and the world does not owe lazy
    or stupid people a living.


    Elliott was not a "libtard". I didn't know the man but highly doubt he gave a fuck about being politically correct, a term that wasn't even being used widely until years after his death. I doubt he thought his country owed him anything, I mean, come on, Elliott? I heard he was extremely intelligent and also keep in mind he was a white male of Generation X - he would have turned 50 a month ago (Aug 6th) if he hadn't been murdered by his selfish, sociopathic, psychotic "owner". I am generation X and have yet to come across intelligent white men my age who aren't realistically conservative and in possession of most of their marbles and common sense with a propensity to think logically.
    Other men should try this, they might like it.

    Black Meddler

    @Danielle Marin thank you for this comment

    giliam415

    @Danielle Marin Ok boomer

  9. Iznessmaurer

    The proud Lion's final album. Truly unique artist whom I've been listening to since I was 15. I'm now 37 and I'll listen until it's my time to depart this life.

  10. UncleAnaesthesia

    I found myself singing this out loud out of the blue just recently... so here I am. Miss you Elliott.

  11. Kevin Thomas

    God knows why my country don't give a fuck

  12. Simón García

    how do i tell youtube to stop showing me stupid shhawn mendes ads?

    Gian •

    Simón García Cardi B too, I feel ya.

  13. Roiy Benkel

    I'm floating in a black balloon
    O.d. on Easter afternoon
    My mama told me baby stay clean
    There's no in between
    And all you ladies and you gentlemen
    Between is all you've ever seen or been
    Fit poorly and arrange the sight
    Doll it up in virgin white

    You disappoint me
    You people raking in on the world
    The devil's script sells
    You the heart of a blackbird

    Shine on me baby ‘cause it's raining in my heart

    Sun is rising on a chopping glare
    Rain dropping acid blotter in the air
    A distorted reality's now a necessity to be free

    So disappointing
    So first I put it all down to luck
    God knows why my country don't give a fuck

    Fuck

    Shine on me baby ‘cause it's raining in my heart
    Shine on me baby ‘cause it's raining in my heart

  14. mywhychromosome

    How do you guys feel about the original, single version of this?? I love the much rawer sound of the guitars (being that "Basement" ended up in the production hands of the specific people Elliott had said he didn't want to touch it before his death, they smoothed over a lot of the rough parts), but it lacks the "shine on me baby" sections, and although its just a single line, the bluntness of "OD on Easter Afternoon" really sets the mood better than that versions line. Still a badass alternate, though.

    How to drive in Oregon Reviews

    mywhychromosome I like this one better. The vocals are just so beautiful in this one, I'm almost sure this wasn't the intended mix for FABOTH; it sounds very different than all the other "intended mixes". So I bet this one sounded pretty raw too

    Danielle Marin

    @How to drive in Oregon Reviews Let me see if I have this correct. This version here is not the original single, I take it? Is the original version still available? I guess I could stop being lazy & go search for it, lol.

  15. De Xex

    Just imagine some country rock patriotic republanthem (not that those are inately bad...) then be happy that you are free to just start this fucking master peace over again ;)
    Really my whole point isnt even very relative to much of the song. but the tone of the "my country dont give a fuck part" carrys about as much as i know of his politics.... wasnt poli sci his minor in college :)

    And without much desire of discussing personal tastes... i strongly prefer this (original ? "Basement"

  16. Adam Maddox

    A distorted reality is now a necessity to be free. Elliott Smith is the best artist for me to listen too, when I want to feel again.

  17. Lucas Bostrom

    no fucking ads, that would make me want to kill myself

  18. Richard Boily

    I can't express I love him. its a very unique relation. I miss him so much even though I've obviously never known him. That shows how much Elliott was close to his music

  19. Ayşe Ece Ayhan

    I'm floating in a black balloon
    O.D. on Easter afternoon
    My mama told me "Baby stay clean
    There's no in-between"
    And all you ladies and you gentlemen
    Between is all you've ever seen or been
    Fit poorly and arrange the sight
    Doll it up in virgin white
    You disappoint me, you people raking in on the world
    The devil's script sells you the heart of a blackbird
    Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart
    Sun's rising on a chopping glare
    Rain dropping acid bought up in the air
    A distorted reality's now a necessity to be free
    It's so disappointing
    First I put it all down to luck
    God knows why my country don't give a fuck
    Fuck
    Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart
    Shine on me baby, 'cause it's raining in my heart

    J Spradlin

    Ayşe Ece Ayhan thank you

  20. Mark Matejik Jr.

    "The devil's script sells you the heart of a blackbird" my fave line of the song

    The Borden Asylum

    that whole transition into "shine on me baby, cause it's raining in my heart" is just about as beautiful as it gets in music

    The Ghost Diaries

    Also, "You disappoint me, you people raking in on the world." Not as poetic as the devil's script but captures a basic painful sentiment that we all deal with

    Harkeerat Of The Apollo Cabin

    @Russell Paloor I think it's probably about the drugs the doctors sell.

    Catatonic Scripts

    It’s about Paul McCartney being replaced by Billy Pepper AKA Sargent Pepper in 1966!!! From a band called “Billy Pepper and the Pepper pots “So the Fake Paul = Blackbird and the devils script is the occult teachings that Aleister Crowley compiled!

    Creative Dude

    Catatonic Scripts you’re crazy man

  21. mondoraptor

    distortion

  22. Claire Morales

    god knows why... my country dont give a fuck.

  23. imightBblind

    shine on me baby, cause it's rainin' in my heart

  24. StephenAndrew777

    What a fucked up thing to be saying to the kids. Fucked up people do tend to say fucked up things though. It's science.

    Lewis Laroche

    You don't mean anything. That's what you said. Do you know what that means? Nothing. That's what you said to the kids. It is science. Do you know what science it is?

    Lewis Laroche

    You need to say something with meaning. Otherwise you say nothing. Again.

    Lewis Laroche

    You're illiterate.

    Lewis Laroche

    Condescend if you can. You cannot.

    Lucas Pfaff

    Go fuck yourself, commie scoundrel. No one wants to hear your incessant milking and hooting, you absolute wreck excuse of a human. Go eat metal and glass, you stupid cyber bitch.