"Lived in Bars" as written by and Marshall....
We've lived in bars
And danced on the tables
Hotels, trains and ships that sail
We swim with sharks
And fly with aeroplanes in the air

Send in the trumpets
The marching wheelchairs
Open the blankets and give them some air
Swords and arches, bones and cement
The light and the dark of the innocence of men

We know your house so very well
And we will wake you once we've walked up all your stairs

There's nothing like living in a bottle
And nothing like ending it all for the world
We're so glad you have come back
Every living lion will lay in your lap

The kid has a homecoming! The champion, the whores!
Who's gonna play drums, guitar or organ with chorus
As far as we've walked from both of ends of the sand
Never have we caught a glimpse of this man

We know your house so very well
And we will bust down your door if you're not there

We've lived in bars
And danced on tables
Hotels, trains and ships that sail
We swim with sharks
And fly with aeroplanes out of here

Out of here
Out of here
Out of here
Out of here


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"Lived in Bars" as written by Marshall

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  • +4
    General CommentI thought about the poets, the musicians, the entertainers who make us company during the day, during our lives, our ups and downs, who "know our house so very well". We listen to them in bars, hotels, trains, all over but we don't really know them.
    secoeon July 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is about her comming home, to a bar where she knows everyone.

    We're so glad you will come back
    Every living lion will lay in your lap

    She is known and loved there. And the house she knows so well is the bar like mcdaniel said.

    It belongs to no man but to all that fel at home there.


    We swim with sharks
    And fly with aeroplanes in the air

    The place where you feel the strongest or nicest emotions.

    Because she had problems with alcohol it means she was in this places for a long time and this song represent the good part of all she has been through.

    My opinion.
    roxroxon March 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are pretty surreal, but the music is powerful. i think it's about hitting bottom, ending it all for the world (or trying to), for lots of reasons. but then there's a glimpse of hope....
    smallwonderroboton September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim assuming its her over coming alcoholism

    but ofcourse thats just me
    foo55on October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely about her overcoming alcoholism.
    What does the back vocal say in the last stanza, when Cat Power sings "out of here"?
    nbriion December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty amazing stuff. To answer nbrii's previous question, I think it's just the back vocal singing "sha-bop, sha-bop, sha-bop" perfect as the band kicks into a beat that sounds like a high school dance from about 40 years ago
    cmckinleyon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfavorite cat power song.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon October 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalright. this is an amazing song regardless if the lyrics make sense or not. NOT EVERY CAT POWER SONG IS ABOUT HER OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM. jesus, can anyone come up with anything original?
    paint me blueon November 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe they don't need to come up with something original because that is what it is. a song interpretation does not need to be original... a song means what it means, you can't change the meaning and shouldn't be trying to. there may be a few cat power songs about her overcoming alcoholism but i don't think people intend to make that what her entire existance is all about.
    gnatalieon February 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would say that this song is about "alcoholism" or partying too much, but not necessarily about overcoming it.
    Pentecoston March 06, 2008   Link

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