Between the Bars
Elliott Smith Lyrics


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

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

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Written by: Steven Paul Smith

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Denisse Martinez

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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Chorus]
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



King David

I'm not a big fan of Rick and Morty, but I'm glad other people enjoy it, and it's supercool more people know about Elliott Smith's music now, thanks to Justin Roiland. For anyone that's new to his music (it's all subjective, and just my opinion, but whatever):

Either/Or is definitely his best work, but XO and From a Basement on the Hill are great works of art, as well. Really, I could name every studio album, they're all good, but every song on Either/Or is insanely catchy, and has great lyrics and beautiful chord progressions.

Here's some ES songs that I like and aren't on Either/Or , if you're bored:

Condor Ave (he wrote this when he was 17 and holy hell does it have great lyrics. and no, this isn't a part of the song title - it's not in italics, see!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCZbnvzRUjQ
They never get uptight when a moth gets crushed, unless a light bulb really loved him very much. I'm lying down blowing smoke from my cigarette, little whisper smoke signs that you'll never get.

King's Crossing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmoPKlWDKRE
The method acting that pays my bills keeps the fat man feeding in Beverly Hills. I got a heavy metal mouth that hurls obscenity and I get my check from the trash treasury, because I took my own insides out.

Waltz 2 (XO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWn9ocrMhlE
I'm never gonna know you now , but I'm gonna love you anyhow


Pretty (Ugly Before)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAf01cef70U
Sunshine been keeping me up for days. There is no nighttime, it's only a passing phase.

Miss Misery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRUyC9veWtw
Next door the TV's flashing blue frames on the wall. It's a comedy of errors, you see; it's about taking a fall. To vanish into oblivion is easy to do. And I try to be, but you know me ; I come back when you want me to.



All comments from YouTube:

Eric Seitz

“People you’ve been before that you don’t want around anymore” is one of the deepest cutting lyrics I’ve ever heard.

Meeminator

Every time I hear that lyric, it means something new to me

Brianne H

This song hit so hard when I was addicted to heroine. 1 year clean this month. Thank you Elliot. RIP.

Jaylex Diaz

Proud of you stranger 🖤

Brianne H

Thank you all. Your kind words mean a lot! ❤️

Scred Wolf

You go Brianne 👍
Never look back 🙄

Yash Shah

Congrats brother. Keep it up! Get yourself well for the better days ahead. Keep the trust and hope.

Skyler Laber

Glad you got over the addiction

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brendo

Elliott has this weird presence in his music. Almost feels like he's there somehow, keeping company

Randy Miller III

It's the dual-tracked vocals.

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