This Unreleased Elliott Smith song, “Dancing on the HighWay” is what I used this time to make this video.
Instead of doing a seminar for an hour, describing all of the amazing hidden Spiritual and Psychological meanings– I made the choice to only use pictures this time!
Just before Elliott wrote Dancing on the Highway (1999) I had given him a copy of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy (it was written around 520AD). In the book Lady Wisdom consoles Boethius who was falsely charged, imprisoned, and condemned to death. Lady Wisdom/Philosophy shows him that nothing has been taken from him that he doesn’t already -still- possess. –It’s like what Elliott says in
“Can’t Make a Sound”:
Why would you want any other, when you’re a world within a world?” ~Elliott Smith
Bob Marley conveys the same idea:
“Man is a Universe within himself” ~ Bob Marley
and Jesus reminds us:
and “The Kingdom of God is within you” ~ Jesus
This song “Dancing on the High-Way” follows the same pattern as Boethius. To me, Elliott is describing what happens when you listen to Lady Wisdom, as mentioned in the Proverbs… Even more so, the wisdom and truth of God — as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Himself. Christ is, indeed, our lost love. We are the bride of Christ and he is our groom.
Elliott describes the transformation of letting go of your flesh/physical self and seeking to follow the narrow path that Christ calls us to follow, in Him. To me, Elliott’s songs about “death” are about the –necessary death– the death of your ego, your fleshly desires, impulses, and the “mask” of yourself–which isn’t YOU…but it pretends to be you!
Much Love to you!! XoXo
Here’s a link to Boethius- free pdf:
and all of George MacDonald’s books are free here:
(I gave Elliott The Princess and the Curdie (in 1998) but
The Princess and the Goblin is the first of these two books!)