Between The Two

Between The Two (M.Steele/D.White)

Year: 1994/2003
Band: Crash Wisdom/Bangles
Album: Doll Revolution
First Live Performance: 5/12/94
Last Live Performance: 10/x/03



Oh my love you say this is the end
I’ll tell you it’s the hardest thing
I’ve ever had to do my friend

But I’ll go
I’ll do what you say
But when I walk
I will walk away from you

And the dark place you came from
The hurt you share between the two
Run now, hide what you know to be the truth

But you know
I will walk away
And I’ll pretend
I don’t feel something breaking

Look at yourself
It does no good to cry
It’s not forever
But hey, you think that I’m so strong
You think I’ve got it all
Maybe you’re wrong…

So go
I’ll do what you say
But when I walk
I will walk away
Hey hey
I’ll do what you say
And I’ll pretend
I don’t feel something breaking


Between The Two is the bluntest of Michael’s Doll Revolution songs and the first written in that it was initially composed in 1987. Rather than describing dreams of a possibly fictional lothario or narrating a grim story of drowning, BTT is simply a kissoff song addressed to a past lover who never got to fully know her. Although it has its own subtleties in going between expressions of strength (“Run now, hide what you know to be the truth”) and doubt (“I’ll tell you it’s the hardest thing/I’ve ever had to do my friend”) the lyric remains close to the basic theme of ending a relationship throughout. One small detail worth pointing out is that the bridge sneakily inverts traditional gender stereotypes of female emotion and male control by telling its male subject ‘it does no good to cry’. Even in these minor ways, Michael’s songs tend to avoid convention, or at least twist it.

As with Nickel Romeo, a live version of Between The Two was recorded with Michael’s band Crash Wisdom several years before the Bangles version. While they share identical lyrics, they differ in the CW version being acoustic and having a different guitar solo,  with Crash Wisdom’s solo being faster and the Bangles version relying more on guitar interplay thanks to an overdubbed heavily distorted guitar playing the intro chords partway through the solo. Rather than picking a favourite, I will simply finish by saying that each version has its own strengths,

Michael introducing the song at a London concert in 2001:  “This song is about when your guy is ripping out your heart (doing a hand movement like she would rip out her heart) throws it on the floor (doing a throw-heart-on-floor hand move) and jumps on it like this, (jumps up) and this! (jumps again).”

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