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Between The Bars Chords
This is a really great song, and it's not too hard either. Madeleine Peyroux does a
better than Smith's, but they are both awesome.

I can't seem to locate a non-software based accurate tab of this song, so I'm doing it myself.

It starts with an Am7. You can play it open on the neck or barred if you like. I prefer
bar it, just because I'm not too used to the open neck fingering. Hold it for as many
as you want, then go into the lyrics:

Am7              F
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,
      C        E7         F
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
      C      E7            F
The images stuck in your head
F   G    *
People you've been before
          F     G     Am     Am/F#
That you don't want around anymore—
      F         G        *
That push and shove and won't bend to your will.
F                 Fm
  I'll keep them still.
Am7               F
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,
C            E7         F
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,
      C       E7          F
And keep the things you forgot.
        G    *
The people you've been before
          F     G     Am     Am/F#
That you don't want around anymore—
       F       G         *
That push and shove and won't bend to your will.
F                  Fm
  I'll keep them still.


* There's a riff here.. It's pretty simple, and all the notes recieve an even time. Just
to the record and you should be able to hear the rhythm.


Note: for the Am/F#, I like to just reach across with my middle finger, which is on the
fret of the D string using my Am open fingering, and hit the second fret on the low E
The point of my finger holds down the string while the fleshy part mutes the A string. I 
this sounds better and is a lot easier than using some weird fingering to get a proper
with all six strings ringing.

There you go. I hope this tab has been helpful. It's accurate to the best of my
but it's my first tab, so I probably made a few mistakes. If anything isn't clear, or 
have a
or something, don't hestitate to email me.

Elliott Smith - Between The Bars Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Between The Bars tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Between The Bars Chords:

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass, drums and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery"[1] and use of multi-tracking to create vocal harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery", included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997.

Smith battled with depression, alcoholism and drug addiction for years, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest.[2] The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted.[3] At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was released posthumously on October 19, 2004.

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