Watch Madonna Cover Elliott Smith’s ‘Between The Bars’

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Early this morning, Madonna published video of a performance of Elliott Smith’s song ‘Between The Bars’ to Twitter (watch below). The acoustic performance is intimate and quiet – like much of Smith’s best work. Madonna wrote that she was “strumming my favorite song when everyone else is asleep.” Smith’s scathing portrait of alcohol’s soul-crushing qualities is devastatingly beautiful – and a somewhat grim choice for a “lullaby.”

‘Between The Bars’ comes from the Elliott Smith album Either/Or, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. Stereogum points out that Madonna tried covering the song previously under less effective circumstances (some sort of art protest stunt).

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