Needle in the Hay
|"Needle in the Hay"|
|Single by Elliott Smith|
|from the album Elliott Smith|
|Released||January 1, 1995|
|Label||Kill Rock Stars|
"Needle in the Hay" is a single by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on January 1, 1995 by record label Kill Rock Stars as the sole single from his second studio album, Elliott Smith.
Trumpet and harmonica were recorded for the song but were omitted from the final mix. A mix featuring the extra instrumentation was released in March 2012.
During later shows with a full band, the song was given more of a "rock" arrangement and would feature drums and bass, with Smith also singing the vocals an octave higher.
During some live performances Smith would alter the lyrics "...head down to toes a reaction to you..." to "...everyone knows he's a reaction to you..."
In popular culture
The song was covered by punk band Bad Astronaut for their 2001 album Acrophobe, Nadja in their covers album When I See the Sun Always Shines on T.V. and by Muppet parody Sad Kermit. This song was also covered by Mélissa Laveaux.
- "Needle in the Hay" (4:17)
- "Alphabet Town" (4:12)
- "Some Song (Extended Intro)" (2:21)
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