Elliott Smith - Happiness Lyrics




Activity's killing the actor
And the cop's standing out in the road
Turning traffic away
There was nothing she could do until after
When his body'd been buried below
Way back in the day
Oh my, nothing else could have been done
He made his life a lie so
He might never have to know anyone
Made his life a lie you know
I told him that he shouldn't upset her
And that he'd only be making it worse
Involving somebody else
But I knew that he'd never forget her
While her memory worked in reverse
To keep her safe from herself
And oh my, nothing else could have been done
She made her life a lie so
She might never have to know anyone
Made her life a lie you know
What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me
What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me
What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
That all I want now is happiness for you and me





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  1. Elliott Sizemore

    This song makes me a little happier. I bet peace wouldn't bring happiness. You know? People would get bored and break it all up again. You'd have a great time listening and even singing.

  2. Arcuno SR

    Ive been watching Exurb1a and I have listened to Elliott Smith for a long time and this was certainly a pleasant surprise...

  3. PaulyM856

    mielmonster anyone? 💙

  4. Amith Pinto

    This dude changed my life.

  5. Tom Ingersoll

    Was great to hear them cover this on "Live from Here"!

  6. Scarlet

    Thanks Exurb1a, for depression.

    David Grau

    Which video?

    Scarlet

    @David Grau his playlist

    David Grau

    @Scarlet I thought he made it as a background video somewhere

    Scarlet

    @David Grau Well, already his videos are very futuristic-depressive. If he was put this song in the background, probably most of viewers would die.

  7. Damion Davis

    All i want now is happiness for you and me.

  8. Xavier Aguirre

    THE RAIN DOGS R COMING ⭐🖤⭐

  9. darren henifin

    Who hurt you elliott? :(

  10. Clock Work Shang

    Activity is killing the actor.

  11. Travis Fragale

    had a dream about Elliot. We were in an abandoned, tireless, beat up rusty car. We were talking and he told me that I should keep making music. Weird dream. I think Elliot is beyond the word of genius and prob was such a good soul but troubled and caught up in the pain of life (amongst other things).

  12. Kief Cakes

    We didnt even deserve a quarter of what he gave us

  13. Dudewhatiflike

    A lot of artists are good, but none of them can ever be Elliott.

  14. germy kyle

    elliott and xanax laying on my closet floor crying. thank you elliott for keeping me company right now and many nights like these

  15. Emily Rose

    thank you Elliott

  16. bad boi maya

    Rest In Peace ❤️

  17. Gary Stackhouse

    Josh Scott sent me here......

  18. E of the G

    I'm here because of Josh at JHS Pedals. I know nothing about Elliott Smith but I'm glad I stopped by. I heard he passed away??

    hollowpoint45acp

    Dumbfuck

    Steph. K.

    if u want to know more try to caych this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELTtAzt1NzQ ;) enjoy

  19. Harkeerat Of The Apollo Cabin

    Lyrics:
    Activity’s killing the actor
    And the cop’s standing out in the road
    Turning traffic away
    There was nothing she could do until after
    When his body’d been buried below
    Way back in the day
    Oh my, nothing else could have been done
    He made his life a lie so
    He might never have to know anyone
    Made his life a lie you know

    I told him that he shouldn’t upset her
    And that he’d only be making it worse
    Involving somebody else
    But I knew that he’d never forget her
    While her memory worked in reverse
    To keep her safe from herself
    And oh my, nothing else could have been done
    She made her life a lie so
    She might never have to know anyone
    Made her life a lie you know

    What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me

  20. Connor King

    I like this song but it's a bit too slow, maybe it's adhd

  21. caleb basile

    Very Lennonish - beatlesesque and some more made up words I can’t think of. Well done

  22. HardcoreJesus100

    So they mentioned Elliot Smith in the LEGO Movie 2. Make way for new fans

  23. avaneesh kumar

    bojack horseman is amazing !! :p

  24. Munkle _

    Dang Exurb1a got some good taste.

  25. Not YouTube Algorithm

    Can someone tell me what kind of genre this song is? Because I've been dying to find music like this.

  26. Xavier Aguirre

    what a song, i wish Elliot could have heard THE RAIN DOGS

  27. garukoe

    I am lucky to have discovered him back in 1999 when I was studying in London. Then I went to his concert at the Southbank months later to celebrate my 32nd bday, by myself. It was kinda, how can I put it, solemn, sound bathing for the soul. Elliot buried his face in a beany or some hat, strumming his guitar. What a voice.

  28. David Bone

    perdon me falto oceania y africa para completar todos los continentes

  29. shaun korb

    i love you trin, think about you every day. miss you being my wife. i hope you have happiness.

  30. Momo'sLastBrainCell

    The Beatles vibe is strong here

  31. Josh Sleight

    Exurb1a led me here

  32. musicisbrilliant

    Elliott's happiest song, yet the one that makes me want to cry.

    Rob Maddison

    It's a bit like Bach's Prelude in C Major syndrome. So delicately beautiful but not a sad song. Makes me well up too!

  33. Unbekannt & Unbenannt

    u can compare him with god

  34. Richard Bexborn

    To the Sufferer, Lord of all Attachment, finding solace in those Silver Linings! Godspeed, you Black Emperor!

  35. anju castle

    BOBBY DEKEYZER!

  36. Matej Grginic

    Activity's killing the actor
    And a cop's standing out in the road
    Turning traffic away
    There was nothing she could do until after
    When his body'd been buried below
    Way back in the day
    Oh my, nothing else could've been done
    He made his life a lie
    So he might never have to know anyone
    Made his life the lie you know
    I told him he shouldn't upset her
    And that he'd only be making it worse
    Involving somebody else
    But I knew that he'd never forget her
    While her memory worked in reverse
    To keep her safe from herself
    And oh my, nothing else could've been done
    She made her life a lie
    So she might never have to know anyone
    Made her life the lie you know
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me

  37. Jean Pierre Converty

    Une de mes chansons préférées d'Elliott. En même temps, il y en a tellement que le choix est cornélien . Le pont de cette chanson à partir 2mn07 est grandiose et remplit d'émotion. Du génie à l'état pur. Merci pour tout Mr Elliott Smith . Je ne vous oublierai jamais. Mais gratitude éternelle.

  38. 백선우

    Why he killed him self?

    speciesofpositive

    백선우 I don’t know if there’s a concrete answer to your question.

  39. Randy Johnston

    A great song.. the way it's recorded really blows me away..the outro with tape hiss and floor tom!

  40. John Dou

    I wish I wasn't 3 when he died, I wish I had the chance to see him

  41. I WAS NEVER HERE

    one day i was at the radio station and a radio host burned me a cd of elliott smith songs...

  42. Poisnu Ishere

    Exurb1a

  43. Reldson Facunde Facunde

    E eu, um brasileiro solitário ouvindo Elliott Smith!!!!!!!!

    David Grau

    Ninguém quer saber do teu país

  44. Jennifer Reynolds

    It’s all I want, too

  45. Treehouse Ape Feet

    I first heard him in the middle of the night on a lonely drive. And that's what he was and is to me forever now. A gentle lonely voice singing only to me in the long night.

  46. BREAD

    love u elliott

  47. Praddhyumn mani

    This is gold.

  48. Evan Hopkins

    Anybody else notice similarities in the aesthetics of Elliott's music and that of Cat Stevens?

  49. Svn 07

    3:38 melts my heart

  50. pastafaria

    Anyone else get the chills at 3:36 when everything in the background stops and it’s just him singing and the guitar strumming?

  51. Tatami

    I keep finding one Elliott Smith gem after another :D

  52. musicisbrilliant

    Sounds just like a john lennon song. I hear the influence. So good.

  53. James Wold

    😇Long-live-Elliot Smith.

  54. John Ehrlich

    came here to vent without breaking anythng

  55. Austin Hockmuth

    I just noticed his hand's in color. the one not in his pocket that is.

    wizzy

    wow lol

    Hal BURGESS

    why does this disturb me

    Havalina Chiel

    @j wiggs nope , hehe

    Jmpsthrufyre * 665 years ago

    @Hal BURGESS because it subconsciously conveys the struggle between light and dark, life and death, color and grey, happy sad, going round and round forever...back and forth like a figure 8.

    ᗷOᗷ ᗪᗩ ᗷᒪOᗷ

    Jmpsthrufyre * 665 years ago or they forgot to do that hand

  56. IxLOVExMYxBOARD

    i love skateboarding <3

  57. 3nvyTheMisfits

    Activity's killing the actor
    And the cop's standing out in the road
    Turning traffic away
    There was nothing she could do until after
    When his body'd been buried below
    Way back in the day
    Oh my, nothing else could have been done
    He made his life a lie so
    He might never have to know anyone
    Made his life a lie you know
    I told him that he shouldn't upset her
    And that he'd only be making it worse
    Involving somebody else
    But I knew that he'd never forget her
    While her memory worked in reverse
    To keep her safe from herself
    And oh my, nothing else could have been done
    She made her life a lie so
    She might never have to know anyone
    Made her life a lie you know
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me
    What I used to be will pass away and then you'll see
    That all I want now is happiness for you and me

    James Smith-Kosowski

    3nvyTheMisfits
    ♡>^-^<♡

    ALPINE MUSH

    Thanks for adding the lyrics! But I think one line is wrong. It should be "All I wanna know is happiness for you and me." :)

    Will.I.Am.7

    3nvyTheMisfits thanks

  58. Zippy McCloud

    One of the best songs ever written, and the world is too dumb to know it

    Reminiscence

    Music is subjective

    Marty Schwartz Here

    Shut up.

  59. Dayna Rodriguez

    that he wants happiness for us

  60. Dayna Rodriguez

    im so happy

  61. Emilie isaNoob

    i miss Elliott smith 😭

  62. JoaoG R

    this beat reminds me of a Pkémon or Legend of Zelda local theme, I just can't remember its name =/

  63. havadatequila

    Fuck heroin and the people who sell it.

  64. Emilio Kappa Keepo

    When i found him i said "Too emo for me", but these days everything got worse and he is the only one who makes me happy :(

    Yael Yeraldo Jiménez Flores

    Someone said to me "if the music didnt sound + loud that You and your problems You are listten the grong song" and thats true. My mama said elliott turn she sad but i fell like somebody understand me and it makes me so so happy ❤️

    Excuse my englis i'm from mexico and i live here but i wanna tell You fell the same.

    Schwayne 88

    Not very emo imo

  65. Santeri Mettovaara

    How did I not discover this genius earlier...

  66. treelanguage

    The comment sections of Elliott Smith songs are the only ones I'm not scared of.

    Sean Cone

    Beautiful comment

    TheRedVelveteer

    @Stride you don't have to feel alone, there's millions of potential friends out there who just don't know they love you yet :)

    Danielle Marin

    treelanguage - dear God in heaven this is the truth as I have never heard truth before.

    Charles Lee Ray

    treelanguage oh no guys there’s words below.... 😰

    No Nope

    If youtube comment sections scare you... youre gonna have a bad time

  67. joseph coldrick

    Came here because of Exurb1a, ended up liking it

  68. joseph coldrick

    Came here because of Exurb1a, ended up liking it

  69. shane rhamy

    Has a nice Beatles influence to it, I like it.

  70. Melissa Reyna

    and then you'll see
    that all i want now
    is happiness for you and me

  71. Gracie Rose

    When I listen to his music I feel like we're old friends talking. He's a poet that fell too hard. He was driven to the edge by people who didn't really care at all. He found a way to escape, and I miss him because he left us all here.

  72. Matthew Vasquez

    There's just something about this guy. I didn't discover him till after he had already been dead for years. But I miss the fuck outta him. He was such a good fucking person with a heart of gold. To know that he suffered so ,much breaks my heart and honestly makes me tear up. I hope you found peace Elliot <3

    Gracie Rose

    Matthew Vasquez Thank you. This is exactly how I feel.

    Arem Len

    💛💛💛

    FadingOcean

    Matthew Vasquez heart of gold Neil young

    Allie Munn

    I was just a kid when this guy was my hero....then got through my best mate's suicide with his music...then the worst happened...still love every bit of this genius. Happiness.

  73. Beans of Morgan Pictures

    I perma smile for almost the entire song then the outro hits and I just feel heartbroken.

  74. JJ 00

    the guitar intro on this song is really neat

  75. Elyssa Vianne

    How have I not ever heard a song from this man. Truly amazing

    Liam McGill

    he'll suck you in like quicksand. it's all good

  76. ColleenLawson83

    Are a lot of his songs about Joanna? For some reason I'd like to think they are

  77. Chloe A

    RIP Elliott

  78. elsicko2001

    Can't describe how sad this song makes me feel. Listened to it so many times and somehow it conjures the same good and bad feelings.

  79. Raevn Byrd

    The base line in this song is deliciously Beatles era Paul McCartney! This is part of the reason I love Elliott's music so much... he always puts these little 'easter eggs' in for those who grew up on the same music. RIP<3

    AnieRrn

    Wow! So cool that you distinguished that! Does it remind you of a specific song? I think I might have to listen to this a few more times before I can tell that myself

    Raevn Byrd

    No, just the overall style.  The vocals in this song are even 'Pauline'. I could totally imagine Paul singing this. ^^;;

  80. Interspect

    Came here because of Exurb1a, ended up liking it

    Cyan C

    Lol me too

    Abdul Alhazred

    same, except the part where I end up liking it

    Sindariel

    Same ^^

  81. viridian

    it sounds very beatle woah

    E.G. gordon

    Elliott really sounds like Lennon alot of the time, you can clearly hear his Beatles inspiration, if listen to some of Beatles more softer songs it literally sounds like 60s Elliott smith

  82. G13 aok

    Katee --  All I want for you is happiness.  I love you will all of my heart and soul.

  83. Daniela Escalona

    paquepo:(

  84. Hypersp4ce

    I have found perfection in this universe...What is is it you say? Elliott Smiths music...Simply flawless in my eyes...RIP bro, see ya on the otherside!

  85. THisDUDEisWAK

    man....... take all the purely emotional tears of Elliot's fan's... and you'd have to re-build the Obama Dam.. Hoover Dam. whatever... Job creation people! Get off your ass and create! Elliot would be sad to see us here all crying, when all he did was create!

    Reilly Robertson

    elliott**

  86. doctorbrinker

    great lyrics, great chord progression, excellent arrangement. One of his all around best songs!

    J.S. Carie

    I feel the same. this is a beautiful song. love that outro.

    Havalina Chiel

    Naaah . Sure , ... but could you compare it by simply getting Beatles masterpieces in that list ?
    More . Just , listen . 30 , mate , 30

  87. Mohaine

    It's one thing thing to take criticism from others. It's another thing to acknowledge that the criticism is valid.

  88. Mohaine

    He helped me through some dark times. It's just too bad I couldn't pay it forward.

    Gian •

    Mohaine fulfill that individual he would want you to become. (:

    Fred Johnston

    Incredibly late reply, but pay it forward by introducing him to other people. I only recently discovered him, and I've never dealt with issues like parental abuse or drug issues, but I have felt depression, and Elliott's music has brought something meaningful to my life.

    Vault Dweller

    @Dan Kreiger It's nice to see other people going through the same shit you are going through. What a fucked up sentiment.

    darkmatter

    You are paying it forward by showing your appreciation.

  89. Æ Kiwi Dan

    Oh my, nothing else could've been done
    He made his life a lie
    So he might never have to know anyone
    Made his life the lie you know

  90. cometome255

    i caaant stop smilingggggg when i hear this song

    mcnimi

    me too :)))

    john ehrlich

    I hear hey've proved listening to music of a a more somber tone actually makes us happier.. i don;t know if that's true for me but i been at were Elliot's been... it's no badge of honor trust me.... but it's no smile... it's buckets

  91. Duílio Gomes

    Elliott, The Best!

  92. Christian Morales

    Bobby de keyzer!!

  93. Clint Coker

    First youtube comment ever, Needle In the hay from the royal tenenbaums. Loved the movie because of Elliott. I was 15, 26 now and love it even more then before.

    Shoshi Lavetter-Keidan

    Clint Coker that scene was heartbreaking. The movie is excellent

    Jonas Whitt

    How did you go like 10 or q1 years never commenting on a video

  94. lordsardonicvids

    Happiness.