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Old 09-29-2009, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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10 days free, and i'm understanding my favorite Elliot Smith song better than ever before. thought i would post it here, not as any kind of glorification of addicted condition, but because these words help me keep the whispering insidious voice of my addiction in perspective, thought they might do the same for someone else. "promises you'll only make"....man, i know that line by heart.

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drink up, baby, stay up all night
the things you could do, you won't but you might
the potential you'll be, that you'll never see
the promises you'll only make

drink up with me now and forget all about the pressure of days
do what I say and I'll make you okay and drive them away
the images stuck in your head

people you've been before that you don't want around anymore
that push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

drink up, baby, look at the stars
I'll kiss you again between the bars where I'm seeing you
there with your hands in the air, waiting to finally be caught

drink up one more time and I'll make you mine
keep you apart deep in my heart separate from the rest
where I like you the best and keep the things you forgot

the people you've been before that you don't want around anymore
that push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Love the song and the artist. I could go on and on with some E Smith talk.

I used to glorify myself with songs like that...how stupid, how sad.

Nowadays, I still listen to the same music, but without the glorification. What beautiful, sad music.

Thanks for sharing that - might just have to steer his way on the old Ipod tonight.

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Old 09-29-2009, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great song by a great artist.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Music is a huge part of my recovery.

Formerly I related the worss to drinking/using.

Now I relate the words to recovery.

I used to often feel different than everyone else in the bar... now I know why... I don't belong there.
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