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Between the Bars Lyrics Meanings
by Elliott Smith

Rock
1997
292

Between the Bars 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
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

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

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Elliot once explained in an interview that this song was actually written about his struggles being an alcoholic and feeling as if he was imprisoned “between the bars” of his addiction. It was written almost from the perspective of the bottle, enticing him to drink. Lines such as “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” refer to his change in character when he was intoxicated. However i also believe this could also work as th

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