To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

Elliott Smith "King's Crossing" (2004)


Death: A common topic in Elliott Smith's gut-wrenching lyrics, but he wasn't often explicit about it. His tortured stories of depression and addiction were usually hidden in layers of symbolism and personal references, but every now and then, his songs made things painfully clear. "King's Crossing" is one of those songs. Thinly-veiled references to drugs and suicide paint a dreary picture, and lines like, "I can't prepare for death any more than I already have" hit especially hard, since we already know the ending to Elliott Smith's tragic story: a death in 2003, at age 34, from two stab wounds to the chest. His death was never ruled a suicide, but Elliott's long battle with depression and heroin addiction led many to believe that his fatal injuries were self-inflicted.

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