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Madeleine Peyroux — Between The Bars
Album: Careless Love
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Released: 2004
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Drink up, baby
Stay up all night
Things you could do
You won't but you might

The potential you'll be
You'll never see
Promises you'll only make
Drink up with me now
And forget all about
Pressure of days
Do what I say
And I'll make you okay
And drive them away
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.
And 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
And keep you apart
Deep in my heart
Separate from the rest
Where I like you the best
Keep the things you forgot

The 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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lovely words... :)
Reminds me of Tom Waits and Billie Holiday at the same time.
cool
For me, totally the wrong vibe with this cover.  The original from Elliott Smith was a study in agonised sympathy and regret, with the music and vocals matching the lyrics perfectly.  I acknowledge that artists need to put their own stamp on a cover, but this for me missed the mark by some distance.
 stanleywkoci wrote:

Total agreement. Why mess with perfection?
 

Gosh, I guess she should've checked with you guys first.
Beautiful rendition.
 bb_matt wrote:
The more I hear this, which is a lot on RP, the more I like it. Currently a 7 for me. 😃
 POW's eventually adopt the political philosophies of their captors.
 

 therealrasputin wrote:
If Elliott Smith wasn't already dead, he would be stabbing himself in his ears this time. Not remotely heartfelt. Sounds like a bad Billie Holiday impersonation done by a constipated fat man waltzing on the grave of a genius. But I guess the instrumentation was okay. :-P
I'd much rather hear actual Elliott Smith songs. No need to go all post-modern on them. The originals are perfection.

 
Total agreement. Why mess with perfection?
Reminds me so much of Billie Holliday. Awesome.
Very nice. Not as good as the original, though.
Love this song.  Love Elliot Smith.  This - not so much.
Never heard this before now, had me stopped in my tracks. Beautiful
Liquid honey. If Ella and Billie had a little girl, with the perfect mix of Ella's voice and Billie's impeccable timing.  They would love Madeleine.
 oldsaxon wrote:

I know this is going to kill me but....Holiday had none of this range. Nice, innovative, important, and enjoyable but not a patch on this voice.

 
Holiday's range was 1 octave.  1   Is it true that Mariah Carey has a 7 octave range?  WUFF!
How can you do an outright impersonation yet not bill yourself as an impersonator? How can you sleep at night?
Saw her at City Winery NYC several months back and it had to be the oddest show I've ever attended - she's probably just a bit to eclectic for me.
Love the song, but - not this version.  Jarring.
The more I hear this, which is a lot on RP, the more I like it. Currently a 7 for me. 😃
 
Love you Maddy, but this isn't your favourite song is it?
 therealrasputin wrote:
Her voice was much better when it was Billie Holiday's. Lol. She should really find her own voice, imo. Sounds like a simulation.

 
Yes. For the first minute I was certain it was Billie. 
Her voice was much better when it was Billie Holiday's. Lol. She should really find her own voice, imo. Sounds like a simulation.
If Elliott Smith wasn't already dead, he would be stabbing himself in his ears this time. Not remotely heartfelt. Sounds like a bad Billie Holiday impersonation done by a constipated fat man waltzing on the grave of a genius. But I guess the instrumentation was okay. :-P
I'd much rather hear actual Elliott Smith songs. No need to go all post-modern on them. The originals are perfection.
retro sound :)
STOP. IT!
 dburges wrote:

Agreed- this blows.

 
Agree
 
you know you can. i'm your man

 

She sounds like the Friday Night I wish to have... but won't because...

The song applies twice


It would only be fair to follow this up with Elliott Smith's version.  You give us a taste, but not a drink. 
Love her voice, silky and sultry, not everyones taste perhaps but Madeleine's is timeless.
 chism2 wrote:
I find her voice expressionless, If unusual. Consider this an abuse of Elliot's wonderful lyrics.
 
Agreed- this blows.
I find her voice expressionless, If unusual. Consider this an abuse of Elliot's wonderful lyrics.
 twcarlin wrote:
Jelani wrote:
ouch.

 


She is definitely someone that looks different in different lighting. I think Seinfeld did a whole episode on this phenomena.


 
I don't know what you people missing.  She's very attractive, has a beautiful voice, and success.

 Maybe it's common decency?  Or is it envy?
Minimalist, yet a good song
very nice, never knew Elliott Smith wrote it.
 jsanio wrote:
At first I was excited by Madeleine P... But then I noticed she is so derivative of Billie Holiday. While she has a wonderful voice.. I just can't seem to stop thinking ho hum... I have heard this all before and so much better.

 
I know this is going to kill me but....Holiday had none of this range. Nice, innovative, important, and enjoyable but not a patch on this voice.
At first I was excited by Madeleine P... But then I noticed she is so derivative of Billie Holiday. While she has a wonderful voice.. I just can't seem to stop thinking ho hum... I have heard this all before and so much better.
Thank god for PSD.

So long Elliott :(
 Cynaera wrote:
I was folding sheets, and this was playing, and I got a shiver and had to just stop what I was doing and listen...

No words... just wow. {#Sunny}
 
Miss you. {#Heartkiss}
 lshinkawa wrote:
Can't possibly do justice to the original by Elliot Smith.  This is horrendous; she should have left this song alone
 
Love Elliot, but disagree entirely. The Tom Waits-style arrangement takes it in a new and excellent direction.
 SinisterDexter wrote:

Quite possibly the funniest comment I've ever seen on this site. {#Lol}

 
It's Comic Book Guy quote from The Simpsons.  Still, kudos for the reference.
Can't possibly do justice to the original by Elliot Smith.  This is horrendous; she should have left this song alone
 Hannio wrote:
Are you the creator of Hi and Lois?  Because you are making me laugh.  Now stop banging your head on the display case please, it contains a very rare Mary Worth in which she has advised a friend to commit suicide. Thank you.
 
Quite possibly the funniest comment I've ever seen on this site. {#Lol}

 Zweiblumen wrote:
Used to like this, then I heard the Eliot Smith (original?) version.  This now pales.
 

Yes. Peyroux has a beautiful voice but the original moves me.
I was folding sheets, and this was playing, and I got a shiver and had to just stop what I was doing and listen...

No words... just wow. {#Sunny}
Voices like this don't come around very often! Great.
Not for me!!
 skyobrien wrote:
sounds like Billie Holiday
 


Yeah... she does
She has a lovely voice, nice but all I can think about is Elliot.  Such a great songwriter, so sensitively written - a true artist.
sounds like Billie Holiday
ode to the sad man on rainy Portland sidewalks
Calming voice, quite the change from DMB
I love the song but don't particularly care for this cover. The best, in my opinion, is still Amelia's (from the album "To Elliott, From Portland").
 apd wrote:

(assumes Comic-Book Store Guy voice) "Sir: Jerry identified the phenomena of The Two-Face. But La Peyroux is not that. She is extremely attractive, and very sexy, without being particularly beautiful, a phenomena admittedly more common in Europe than in North America. You stand corrected."

 

Are you the creator of Hi and Lois?  Because you are making me laugh.  Now stop banging your head on the display case please, it contains a very rare Mary Worth in which she has advised a friend to commit suicide. Thank you.

Nice...A new discovery for me. Thanks RP.
Pretty song...reminds me of Nina Simone.
nice cover of one of my favourite songs. beats the chris garneau version by far!

 twcarlin wrote:
Jelani wrote:
ouch.

 


She is definitely someone that looks different in different lighting. I think Seinfeld did a whole episode on this phenomena.

 
(assumes Comic-Book Store Guy voice) "Sir: Jerry identified the phenomena of The Two-Face. But La Peyroux is not that. She is extremely attractive, and very sexy, without being particularly beautiful, a phenomena admittedly more common in Europe than in North America. You stand corrected."

 big_gare wrote:
Remember when KD Lang tried to pass herself off as the reincarnation of Patsy Cline? She even called her band "The Reclines" (Get it?) Ok, I always felt that was so lame because, in fact, she did not really sound like Patsy Cline. Maybe a little, but not in a way that made you go "wow!" 
 
I don't know how fair that is.

Patsy Kline was k.d. lang's idol and a principal influence but she never hid that.  I don't think she ever tried to pass herself off as "The New Patsy Kline". She's always tried to do her own thing, like it or hate it.  You just have to look at the way she dressed in the early days (ever see Patsy Kline in a tutu? Nope).
Chris Garneau does a fine job of this also.



Can we please have some ES next to clean this out of my ears?
 Zweiblumen wrote:
Used to like this, then I heard the Eliot Smith (original?) version.  This now pales.
 
You mean this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37k_Ri1XxEc It;s certainly nice but sometime someone else does a better or just differently better version, witness Hurt by Johnny C and the original by Trent R. They are both good but...
Used to like this, then I heard the Eliot Smith (original?) version.  This now pales.
Jelani wrote:
ouch.

 


She is definitely someone that looks different in different lighting. I think Seinfeld did a whole episode on this phenomena.

Uniquely inspired. Flawless musicianship & production.
esotericderek wrote:
Hmmmm....you think? :think:
ouch.
Yeah, that's it.
pretty piano. Very! Nice sounds, great smoky voice.
Very fine song........
One take and I was taken....CD is on it's way to my postal address as we speak!!! can't wait to here the balance of this Disc!!
good take on Elliott.
ubastard wrote:
oh soooooo sexy :-)
Hmmmm....you think? :think:
I think she's in love with me :heartkiss: No wait, it was me in love with her. Yeah that was it.
oh soooooo sexy :-)
eerie and beautiful singing and arrangement.
Very interesting. Personally, I like it but like the original much better. Funny how this one fairs with the peanut gallery. Very much a love-it-or-hate-it thing. :think:
SHE is a GOD-ess!! I love her rendering and her delivery. Don't know what happened in Pub Radio, but she delivers!
After hearing her sloppy, out of tune performance on A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, I think it's best to listen to Ms. Peyroux after she has had some engineering help in the studio.
sacrilege.
Keep the beat. No more downers. It Friday.
I heard her voice and was captivated, so I sprung for one of her CDs. Overall, awful. Great voice, but really poor tune selection.
Remember when KD Lang tried to pass herself off as the reincarnation of Patsy Cline? She even called her band "The Reclines" (Get it?) Ok, I always felt that was so lame because, in fact, she did not really sound like Patsy Cline. Maybe a little, but not in a way that made you go "wow!" Well, Madeleine Peyroux is a whole different deal. She is a brilliant "homage" to a brilliant artist. I'm sure her portrayal of Billie Holiday is intentional, but at least she has the god given talent to completely pull it off. Unapologetically! I love her for that!
comparisons or not - her voice is like "butta"! beautiful....
verninino wrote:
I've been listening off and on to Radio Paradise for two years, but this is my first time commenting. I imagine Mdm Peyroux must have very ambivalent feelings about having her voice constantly associated with Billie Holiday-- a lucrative blessing and an inescapable curse. Nevertheless, that's what drew me to leave a comment. I'm glad she chooses to celebrate and revel in the resemblance rather than mask it.
Excellent and insightful comment. Welcome to RP! I've stopped listening to this album for a long while, but only because I played it so often before. Comparisons aside, she has a remarkable talent in her voice...hopefully, she finds a way to channel it through more complex and varied music in the future. Likeable tune.
diseasedyak wrote:
:puke:
DITTO
Not buyin' it. These lyrics coming from her? They're Elliott's. They do not seem generic and universal to me, where anyone could take them up and sing them.
K, not my favorite Madeleine song (can we get some "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"?)... HOWEVER, the sound of her voice reminds me of the very intense, non-sexual crush I have on her. *sigh*
:puke:
electronicthroat wrote:
Elliot's version is still better.
I agree, but I still appreciate hearing covers that take a song in a new direction. Not in the way American Idols "make it their own", though.
queenjill wrote:
I really liked this until I heard Elliott's original. Now this seems so bland.
:yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:
Elliot\'s version is still better.
h2o2kat wrote:
I would probably like it sitting in a dark smoky club in Harlem. (Do they have "smoky" clubs in Harlem, anymore?)
Nope. You'll have to get a time travel machine for that...
Heard her interviewed on local radio when I was on holiday in Spain recently - I thought she was extremely ungracious, if not downright rude. The fact is, this new generation of soft, jazzy female pop singers bores the pants off me (and that includes Norah Jones). Billy Holiday sang that way because she was so damned tired of life, not because she wanted to affect a 'style'.
queenjill wrote:
I really liked this until I heard Elliott's original. Now this seems so bland.
Yep.
sukilau wrote:
I second the martini comment!!!
What a coincidence! I'm drinking a martini right now :drunk:
Reminds me of Billie Holiday- maybe a litle too much. I would probably like it sitting in a dark smoky club in Harlem. (Do they have "smoky" clubs in Harlem, anymore?)
Chris Garneau does great cover of this song! Check it out: https://www.chrisgarneau.com/
ChardRemains wrote:
Like the cover shot better than the song... but I would probably like the song fine in live performance or as mood music in a cafe. Maybe I just need a martini.
I second the martini comment!!!
The whole album is good. This may be my favorite song on it, though.
verninino wrote:
I've been listening off and on to Radio Paradise for two years, but this is my first time commenting. I imagine Mdm Peyroux must have very ambivalent feelings about having her voice constantly associated with Billie Holiday-- a lucrative blessing and an inescapable curse. Nevertheless, that's what drew me to leave a comment. I'm glad she chooses to celebrate and revel in the resemblance rather than mask it.
This is beautifully put. When she started getting radio play, I thought it was a flat-out gimmick. I've grown accustomed to her style, though, and appreciate it more now. (I also love Billie H.)
What's the CD like?
I really liked this until I heard Elliott's original. Now this seems so bland.
I heard Madeleine Peyroux in RP and then got her CD. I LOVE it. Thanks RP!! :jump:
Like the cover shot better than the song... but I would probably like the song fine in live performance or as mood music in a cafe. Maybe I just need a martini.
Great segue from Miles Davis - Mystery! :yes: :good-vibes:
I am sure she has much better talent than this song shows. Great song by Elliot (RIP).
extraordinairement beau!
When I hear this song I think of Elliot Smith and how this song in the voice of this woman is just T E R R I B L E in comparison. :beat:
Alright...I'll bite... There's nothing wrong with a preference for Billie Holliday - I, too, prefer her voice and music. But once again - as much as might think so, you CAN'T hear emotion and "rawness" and feeling and the like. You can hear it simulated, but there's nothing about the sound that proves it's genuinely felt by the singer. Many people can sound like they're putting everything into it, but that doesn't prove they are. People can make facial expressions, close their eyes really tight, or do any number of other things to convey "feeling." I'm not saying Billie didn't really have emotion and such in her music, but you can't say that Peyroux doesn't just by the sound. Besides, the appearance of emotion or feeling in music doesn't make it good. We wouldn't be lauding Billie if she didn't also sing well or innovatively, most likely. meower215 wrote:
Forgive ME if this sounds rough.... she does try to sound like Billie Holliday, I agree. But anyone who really listens to Billie and knows her stuff knows that the emotion and raw quality of Billie is just NOT in this woman's voice. Madeleine uses the breath-ee technique, but she does not come close to the emoting and realness of who Billie Holliday was. of course this is my HO thanx
And now, by special request for Mr CPTBUZ .... :cheesygrin:
Forgive ME if this sounds rough.... she does try to sound like Billie Holliday, I agree. But anyone who really listens to Billie and knows her stuff knows that the emotion and raw quality of Billie is just NOT in this woman's voice. Madeleine uses the breath-ee technique, but she does not come close to the emoting and realness of who Billie Holliday was. of course this is my HO thanx
Forgive me if this sounds rough, 'cause I don't mean it in a personal attack sorta way... But that's one of the weakest arguments against negative comments I hear on these boards. The best ear doesn't always grow on the head of the best performer. There are plenty of folks who understand music and can hear quality even if they lack the composition skill or dexterity to create music. That being said, I still love this song. davyjrshort wrote:
it's rather relaxing, none of us are perfect. Yet it's amazing how we feel the need to write that others (and their music) are 'certainly not' Perhaps the major complainers should write and perform their own music and have it critiqued? :flamed:
it's rather relaxing, none of us are perfect. Yet it's amazing how we feel the need to write that others (and their music) are 'certainly not' Perhaps the major complainers should write and perform their own music and have it critiqued? :flamed:
Its good for this girl she likes the genre and doesnt mind the comparison.i would have to say, if you sounded like a classic jazz/blues singer and didnt want to be compared to her, step one would be sing in a genre that's as different from jazz as possible. Maybe thrash metal.
don't like to make comparisons, but I thought this was Billie at first...I never heard her before and would like to listen to more...thanks
really like the original, but this one... :frustrated: :sick: :fire: :frustrated: nails on chalkboard
The vocal similarity to Billy Holiday is downright eerie! It gets me every time.
Verrry sp-p-p-pooky. I normally don't really like her style that much, but this is a mighty mighty cool sketch.
Bill did you make this set just ME? 3 of my anti-favorites right in a row! Thank you, thank you all! :dance: expect you Peyroooo :beat:
I do believe she has the innate ability start a war, fight, bar room brawl, forum flame session, etc. A truely musical vixen.
Sounds like something that could be in a Tim Burton movie. Cool, none the less
I've been listening off and on to Radio Paradise for two years, but this is my first time commenting. I imagine Mdm Peyroux must have very ambivalent feelings about having her voice constantly associated with Billie Holiday-- a lucrative blessing and an inescapable curse. Nevertheless, that's what drew me to leave a comment. I'm glad she chooses to celebrate and revel in the resemblance rather than mask it.