Paint By Numbers

Album: 24 Carrots (1980)
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  • According to the inset sheet, this uptempo number runs to 5 minutes 30 seconds, and is by far the most commercial song on the album. Stewart has said that melodically it sounds like a Blue Öyster Cult track.

    Though an obvious single, it does not appear to have been released as such, though in 2009, a promo disk turned up on eBay, curiously on the Arista label; the album was released on RCA. "Paint By Numbers" is an Al Stewart solo composition, and was published by Frabjous Music/Approximate Music in 1980. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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