Smith’s work never really achieved the recognition it deserved. However, his talents as a musician rose to the awareness of the greater public for a brief duration when his music appeared in the film Good Will Hunting. Though he was nominated for an Oscar for Miss Misery (which he harrowingly performed at the 1998 Academy Awards, ultimately losing the Oscar to Celine Dion’s atrocious My Heart Will Go On), Between the Bars is a far more tender, bittersweet song. It’s usage in Good Will Hunting is absolutely perfect (and something worth watching if you haven’t).

Between The Bars by Elliott Smith on Grooveshark