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The Litebrite's now black and white
'Cos you took apart a picture that wasn't right
Pitch burning on a shining sheet
The only maker that you want to meet
A dying man in a living room
Whose shadow paces the floor
Who'll take you out in the open door
This is not my life
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
It's not what I'm like
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Who couldn't get things right
A fond farewell to a friend
He said really I just want to dance
Good and evil match perfect, it's a great romance
And I can deal with some psychic pain
If it'll slow down my higher brain
Veins full of disappearing ink
Vomiting in your kitchen sink
Disconnecting from the missing link
This is not my life
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
It's not what I'm like
I'ts just a fond farewell to a friend
Who couldn't get things right
A fond farewell to a friend
I see you're leaving me
And taking up with the enemy
The cold comfort of the in-between
A little less than a human being
A little less than a happy high
A little less than a suicide
The only things that you really tried
This is not my life
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
It's not what I'm like
It's just a fond farewell to a friend
Who couldn't get things right
A fond farewell to a friend
This is not my life
It's just a fond farewell to a friend



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    UnregisteredDec 11, 2013 at 12:11 am
    Pretty sure he is getting over a drug addiction. the friend is the drug of choice. The man dying on the floor, the vomiting in the sink and then being less than a human, less than a happy high and less than suicide I can relate to through addiction. Also addictions can turn you into someone that is not you.
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    UnregisteredJun 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm
    Hurt is sometimes too much to bear. The enevitable can literally kill you. This hurt that he feels is killing him on the inside... Nothing is as it seems anymore. And the way he's acting isn't what he's really like.. His meaning in life is just to passby.
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    UnregisteredMay 30, 2012 at 10:43 am
    For whatever reason i can relate to the lyrics of this song. I am trying to find myself. Seems all hope is gone, my own son left us that way. I miss him a lot. Want to see him a lot. Wish someone understood. Goodbye michael and goodbye mr. Smith. Rest in peace.
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    UnregisteredApr 22, 2012 at 2:17 am
    Naa i think hes saying goodbye to her. She may be several people in his life. She may be no one, just an image hes had of everyone leaving him because of his addiction and all the baggage that comes with an addiction. Hes saying, this isnt really me, this isnt what i want. From experience, i think that he is just so lonely and depressed and from everyone leaving him, the only thing he knows of not to have let him down are the drugs. I completely understand it, i was there. I wish he hadnt died. So at least one of us could have reached out to him. I cant stop but wonder if anyone did.
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    UnregisteredMar 21, 2012 at 4:15 am
    I agree with jan 24th 2:40, eliot smith seems to personify drugs quite a bit, and although he isn't exactly personifying a drug, he is saying farewell to his junkie self.

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