"Between The Bars" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
Drink up baby
Stay up all night
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
And do what I say
And I'll make you okay
And drive them away
The images stuck in your head
The people you've been before
That you don't want 'round anymore
Or 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 you're hands in the air
You're waiting to finally be caught
Drink up one more time
And I'll make you mine
I'll keep you apart
Deep in my heart
Separate than 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 'round anymore
Or that push and shove
And won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still
The people you've been before
That you don't want 'round anymore
Or that push and shove
And won't bend to your will
I'll keep them still


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"Between the Bars" as written by Steven P. Smith

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    General Commentan amazing cover.

    I love this guy.
    elleonon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Elliott Smith would like this. Its still shy, still self destructive, still beautiful. And his own music is pretty damn good, listen to it.
    LightsFadingEaston August 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdoing a cover isn't a bad thing. he obviously does write his own music.
    offthe_recordon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdespise me for saying so, but i do really think this is an improvement on elliotts song. it seems better suited as a piano piece
    sounddon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnot my favorate cover, I love the way singer/songwriter Glen Phillips covers this, but Chris just doesn't strike too well with his voice on his version.
    notwithstandingon September 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this cover so much. nothing can beat elliott's original, of course, but i love chris garneau and his voice is beautiful on this.
    everythingremindsmeon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti might be more biased towards this version since i heard it first and then heard Elliot Smith's original, but this song is so good and i just love his voice.

    i think this song is about a man cheating on his loved one until finally he gets caught and realizes he wasn't thinking of anyone's feelings but his own.
    starlachildon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song equally compared to elliot smith's. Both are daunting and beautiful. As to what the song means, it reminds me of a parent's influence on their child. "The potential you'll be,That you'll never see,The promises you'll only make" Is when the child is a baby, their life is so full of promise and mystery, and as it grows, it takes after the parent and all the promises are lost.
    A child seeing his or her parent as an alcoholic is more prone to becoming an alcoholic themselves. or a parent going to jail to see their child following in their footsteps "I'll kiss you again,Between the bars,Where I'm seeing you there,With you're hands in the air,You're waiting to finally be caught"
    I don't have children but I know of the depressing realization that you can't take the influence of a parent away from them no matter how awful they are, there is still a chance they will live in the shadow of the parents wrongdoings.

    Or maybe it is about the influence someone has on a significant other, or bad influences in general. That is my take on it but a good song is one where everyone develops a different meaning.
    ared93on July 30, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis is definitely one of my favorite covers. chris' voice is soft and wispy like elliott's, with his own twist. hearing this as a piano rendition surprises me- its very lovely, almost better than the original. makes me wonder if elliott ever tried this on piano.

    looking at elliott's life (including a physically and verbally abusive stepfather who didn't think songwriting was a "real job") helps the understanding of this song's origin. one of the more popular interpretations of this i've seen is elliott's alcoholism personified, talking to him. this is what i personally agree with, too. for a more in-depth explanation, i'd recommend visiting the elliott smith lyrics for this song.
    felineelliotton February 12, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThe guy that originally wrote this (Elliot Smith) said that he wrote this song one night while he was drinking, and he wrote it from the point of view of an alcohol bottle... Hence the lyric, "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 alcohol is telling him to just let it take control over his mind, and that drinking will make everything okay. I also think it is about love. The love of an addiction.

    This version really is beautiful and is a different take on Elliot Smith's guitar version, and instead playing it on a piano. Well done, Chris. ❤️
    randomnarwhallolon March 09, 2016   Link

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