Elliot Smith's XO (33 1/3 Series) by Matthew LeMay

By Matthew LeMay

Many albums may be pointed out to aid the declare that fab anguish yields nice paintings. Elliott Smith's XO shouldn't be considered one of them. Smith's 1998 significant label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a relevant subject. At a time whilst Smith was once being groomed for a selected (and quite condescending) model of stardom, he produced a checklist that eviscerated one of many valuable assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that ache is gorgeous. XO insists that romanticizing own tragedy can in basic terms depart you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this declare with one of the most crafty and clever tune of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an unique tackle a greatly liked album, guidance away from the sensationalist suicide angles that experience dogged so much research of Elliott Smith's amazing paintings.

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32 Foolish Heart Words/Music: Hunter/Garcia; First Played : 6/19/88, Alpine Valley WS {CHORD PATTERN:} Bm A-D F#m Carve your name, carve your name in ice and wind. Bm A-D A E o Search for where, search for where the rivers end or where the rivers start. E F#m Do everything that's in you, you feel to be your part, Bm A Gmaj7 0 A Asus4 BUI never give your love, my friend. unto a footish heart. unto a foolish heart. {REPEAT CHORD PATTERN EXCEPT WHERE NOTED} Bsus4 Shun a friend, shun a brother and a friend.

Early in the morning, late in the evening. 38 Hell In A Bucket WordsiMusic: BarlowiWeir; First Played: 5/13/83. Greek Theatre {CHORD PATTERN:} C#7/B Em/B B C#7/B Em/B B Well I was drinkin' last night with a biker and I showed him a pictw'e of you. E A C#7/B wm B I said. "Pa1, get to know her you' ll like her," seemed like the least I could do. Em/B C#7/B B Em/B C#7/B B 'Cause when he' s chargin' hi s c hopper up and down your CaIpeted halls. } A B You wi ll think me by COnLrJst quite proper. never mind how I stumble and falL {REPEAT CHORD PATTERN EXCEPT WHERE NOTED} {CHORUS:} F# A E B F# You imagine me sipping c hampagne from your boot for a taste of your elegant pride.

If you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind. Roll away the dew. In Franklin's Tower the four winds sleep like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep. Wildflower seed in the sand and wind. may the [our winds blow you home again. Roll away the dew. F. {CHORD PATTERN:} G C I lit out fro m Reno. I was trailed by twenty hounds. G C Didn '( get to sleep that night {CHORUS:} 'till o the morning came around. Am Set out runnin' but I take my lime. a mend of the devil is a friend of mine. o Am 0 If I get home before daylighL I just might get some sleep tonight.

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