"Needle in the Hay" Song Analysis

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“Needle in the Hay” by Elliott Smith Your hand on his arm The haystack charm Around your neck Strung out and thin Calling some friend Trying to cash some check He's acting dumb That's what you've come To expect (Chorus) Needle in the hay Needle in the hay Needle in the hay Needle in the hay He's wearing your clothes Head down to toes A reaction to you You say you know what he did But you idiot kid You don't have a clue Sometimes they just Get caught in the eye You're pulling him through *Chorus* Now on the bus Nearly touching This dirty retreat Falling out 6th and Powell A dead sweat in my teeth Going to walk, walk, walk Four more blocks Plus the one in my brain Down…show more content…
“Falling out, 6th and Powell, a dead sweat in my teeth.” She’s now walking to the place where she’s going to get her drugs. The “dead sweat in my teeth” part is a bit hard to understand but I have a few ideas. It may just be symbolizing her craving, her need for the drug. It may be referring to the actual condition of her teeth, as heroin can cause teeth rotting and gum disease. Or, it could be a combination of both. “Going to walk walk walk, four more blocks, plus the one in my brain. Down, downstairs, to the man, he’s going to make it all okay.” Her addiction is so serious that she is willing to walk blocks and blocks to get to the drug. She feels that once she gets it from the dealer, she will feel better and everything will be okay. She is dependant on the drug. “I can’t beat myself, I can’t beat myself, and I don’t want to talk. I’m taking the cure, so I can be quiet whenever I want.” She has gotten to the point where she no longer has faith in herself, and she needs the drug to feel okay. She’s so focused on the drug and feeling better that she’s becoming withdrawn and shutting the rest of the world out. She’s using heroin to ease her pain; she thinks that it will make things easier. “So leave me alone, you ought to be proud that I’m getting good marks.” She wants everyone to leave her alone. She wants to keep her problem a secret, so she tries to hide it by doing well in other aspects of life, perhaps school or work. I think that this

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