Elliott Smith

“The records I listen to like that don’t always turn up in my music in any tangible way. As much as I like the Stooges’ Fun House or Raw Power, my records aren’t likely to start sounding like that anytime soon. But there are all kinds of things you can pick up and learn from other people. I like getting a bunch of different emotions together, if possible. It’s like having a bunch of people from different eras at some big weird party and making them all talk to each other. I think it creates tension, and tension is one of my favorite parts of songs.”

Elliott Smith


Elliott Smith’s 3rd studio album was released on 25 February 1997.

Despite strong reviews, the album did not sell (it failed to chart in the US and UK), but did catch the attention of director Gus Van Sant, who used 3 songs from the album (and other original material by Smith) in his film Good Will Hunting (which was released in December 1997) and helped secure a wider audience for Smith, as well as a contract with a major label.

Twilight by Josh Klinghoffer (Elliott Smith's cover).
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2017.
Twilight by Josh Klinghoffer (Elliott Smith's cover).

“I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.
I better stop now before I start crying,
Go off to sleep in the sunshine.
I don’t want to see the day when it’s dying.
She’s a sight to see,
She’s good to me
But I’m already somebody’s baby.
She’s a pretty thing
And she knows everything,
But I’m already somebody’s baby.
You don’t deserve to be lonely
But those drugs you’ve got won’t make you feel better
Pretty soon you’ll find it’s the only,
Little part of your life you’re keeping together.
I’m nice to you,
I could make it through
But you’re already somebody’s baby.
I could make you smile,
If you stayed a while
But how long will you stay with me, baby?

  • Josh Klinghoffer “Twilight” live in Los Angeles, California. - 7th March, 2017