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Elliott Smith - Between the Bars

Drink up baby, stay up all night
With the things you could do
You won't but you might
The potential you'll be that you'll never see
The promises you'll only make
Drink up with me now
And forget all about the pressure of days
Do what I say and I'll make you okay
And drive them away
The images stuck in your head

The people you you've been before
That you don't want around around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

Drink up baby, look at the stars
I'll kiss you again between the bars
Where I'm seeing you there with your hands in the air
Waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time and I'll make you mine
Keep you apart, deep in my heart
Separate from the rest, where I like you the best
And keep the things you forgot

The people you've been before
That you don't want around anymore
That push and shove and won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still

"Between the Bars" is the fourth track of Elliott Smith's 1997 album "Either/Or". It is written as a short ballad in the key of G Minor. Possibly Smith's most popular song, it is one of three tracks from "Either/Or" that was used in the soundtrack of "Good Will Hunting". It is also featured in the 2012 indie film "Stuck in Love" and in the seventh episode of season two of Rick and Morty. A cover version of the song performed by Chris Garneau was used in Pedro Almodovar's film "La piel que habito" (The skin I live in) in 2012. "Between the Bars" has been covered by artists such as Metric, Chris Garneau, Madeleine Peyroux, Glen Phillips, Madonna, Marika Hackman, Kevin Devine, Poppy, The Civil Wars, Agnes Obel, Beabadoobee, Charlotte Cardin, Tanya Donelly, and Seth Avett/Jessica Lea Mayfield.

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