And the cop's standing out in the road
Turning traffic away

from Elliott Smith – Happiness Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Police officers and law enforcement sometimes appear in Smith’s lyrics, generally less flatteringly.

Smith did not seem to have the fondest feelings towards cops. In 2002 he was allegedly beaten by LAPD officers after Smith intervened in an episode of police harassment (the police attacked Smith believing he was homeless rather than a celebrated indie star. Because…yeah.)

The “Miss Misery” video features a rather ominous cop:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH8-lQ9CeyI

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