Elliott Smith – Independence Day
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Future butterfly, gonna spend the day higher than high
You’ll be beautiful confusion
Ooh, once I was you
I saw you caught between all the people out making a scene
And a bright ideal, tomorrow
Ooh, don’t go too far
Stay who you are
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You only live a day
But it’s brilliant anyway
I saw you at the perfect place
It’s gonna happen soon, but not today
So go to sleep, and make the change
I’ll meet you here tomorrow
About Independence Day:
Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, the area in which he first gained popularity. Smith’s primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. Eliott Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery”, and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures and harmonies.
After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Elliott Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, the label for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery”—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.
After High School graduation, Smith began calling himself “Elliott”, saying that he thought “Steve” sounded too much like a “jock” name, and that “Steven” sounded “too bookish”. According to friends, he had also used the pseudonym “Elliott Stillwater-Rotter” during his time in the band A Murder of Crows. Biographer S. R. Shutt speculates that it was either inspired by Elliott Avenue, a street that Smith had lived on in Portland, or that it was suggested by his then-girlfriend. A junior-high acquaintance of Smith speculates that it was so as not to be confused with Steve Smith, the drummer of Journey.