Who Needs Pictures

Album: Who Needs Pictures (1999)
Charted: 65
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Paisley along with songwriters Chris DuBois and Frank Rogers, this gut-wrenching song finds Paisley discovering an old camera with undeveloped pictures in it (this is before the proliferation of digital photography). This camera contains pictures of his lover who left him. He considers developing them but changes his mind and says "Who needs pictures with a memory like mine." >>
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    Mark - Sarnia, ON
  • This was Paisley's debut single as a performer (he'd previously worked as a songwriter with EMI Publishing, where he wrote the Top 5 hit "Another You" for David Kersh). It peaked at #12 on the Country chart.
  • Paisley and his team wrote many of the album's songs during a week-long beach trip at DuBois' home in South Carolina. In a 1999 promo interview, the singer recalled how the title track came together: "Frank was sitting there holding his camera saying, 'You know, what about a song about a camera with film still in it that hasn't been developed?' And we kind of talked about how if the film contained images of someone that you maybe miss or someone that you've lost or something that's a really vivid image, then what's the point of getting it developed? Because anything that comes back from… wherever you might send it away to get it developed probably doesn't compare to how you remember it."
  • The music video, directed by Jim Shea, opens with Paisley getting ready for a fishing trip and accidentally finding the camera hidden away in a drawer. As the story unfolds, we see flashes of when he took the photos during a former romance with a pretty blonde. The clip was shot in Los Angeles.

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