Pretty Things

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  • Wainwright wrote this solo piano composition in the German song form of "Lieder." The composer Schubert, who is one of Rufus' biggest influences, wrote hundreds of Lieders, or "Lieds." Says Wainwright: "Someone said there's more beauty and expression in two bars of a Schubert Lieder than in a 4-hour Opera." >>
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    Chris - Philadelphia, PA
  • Running 2:38, this song lyrically is an expression of Wainwrights love for beauty, the "pretty things" that are all around us. It's not clear who he is addressing in the song, but the Want One album deals with a number of his relationships as he confronts his demons.

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