Watch Madonna cover Elliott Smith in New York

Madonna is really rarely seen doing covers – she has a great repertoire herself, and, let’s face it: she’ll always be one of the biggest artists around. But even when she does do cover, Elliott Smith is not exactly what you’d expect – but that’s exactly what she did. She covered ‘Between The Bars’ at a launch event for her new short film secretprojectrevolution last night. Watch the performance below.

Madonna appeared at New York’s Gagosian Gallery to mark the launch of her Art for Freedom campaign, performing her own take on the song which was originally released in 1997. However, she chose to change the lyrics to make reference to the prison industrial complex, a term used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population and how some private companies are making lots of money off of that.

Here’s what Madonna had to say:


“I hope my film and other submissions to Art for Freedom will be a call to action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency,” whilst also labelling the Art for Freedom project “an online global initiative to further freedom of expression.”

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