GOODNIGHT, ELIZABETH

by
Counting Crows
(an unreleased concert staple)

Wasted in the afternoon
Waiting on a train
I woke up in pieces and Elizabeth
Had disappeared again

I wish you were inside of me
Hope that you're OK
I hope that you're resting quietly
I just wanted to say

Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight, Elizabeth, Goodnight
Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight, Elizabeth, Goodnight

We couldn't all be cowboys
So some of us are clowns
Some of us are dancers on the midway
Roam from town to town

Well I hope that everybody
Can find a little flame
I say my prayers and I set myself on fire
And I walk out on the wire, once again

I said
Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight Elizabeth, Goodnight
Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight, Elizabeth, Goodnight

Well I wait for you in Baton Rouge
I miss you down in New Orleans
I wait for you while she slips in something comfortable
And I miss you when I'm slipping in between

If you wrap yourself in daffodils
I will wrap myself in pain
And If you're the Queen of California
Baby, I am the King of the Rain

And I said
Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight Elizabeth, Goodnight
Good, Goodnight, Elizabeth
Goodnight, Elizabeth, Goodnight

Counting Crows have had huge hits that have touched millions of fans. They've also had critics slap them down, labeling singer Adam Duritz as pretentious, self-absorbed and wallowing in self-pity. Even if that's all true, Duritz says, so what? "I'm here to write songs about myself. Let's say they are all self-pitying; what's wrong with that?" the 35-year-old Duritz says. "What you wanna see in art is someone's examination of themselves. I'm not out there trying to be someone else's character. I'm just trying to be me, trying to look at it in ways that interest me. I don't really do it for anyone else."

Recurring characters appear in Counting Crows' albums, including mentions of Durtiz's old girlfriend Elizabeth. While it makes a strong thread for fans to follow -- Elizabeth turns up everywhere from "Rain King" to "Goodnight Elizabeth" to the new "I Wish I Was a Girl" -- you wonder how she feels about turning up in her ex-boyfriend's songs six years later. "People leave relationships, and something that was very important to them and was a big part of their lives suddenly becomes meaningless," Duritz says. "I think one of the things that hurts most about being someone's ex is the amount to which you cease to exist. You think: 'Man, we talked every day for all this time. How can I not matter anymore? How can that just disappear?' Elizabeth doesn't have to worry about that. Things didn't work out, but she's got the songs as proof of how much it meant to me when we were together. I don't see why she'd mind that, exactly."

-- from a January 2000 press release


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