Paint By Numbers

Album: 24 Carrots (1980)
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  • When all the help in the world won't get you by
    When all the friends that you lean on let you down,
    You'll wonder why

    I see you there with your painting box
    And your oils and brushes and your artist's smocks
    What'll you do if the Muse gets lost
    When I'm gone

    You painted me in the way you said you knew
    I don't believe that I saw myself
    In anything you drew

    I say you never quite caught it right
    You say you see me in a different fight
    What'll you do with your black and white
    When I'm gone

    You paint by numbers
    I never noticed it before
    You paint by numbers
    It's just a closing of an open door
    When you're looking round
    You won't see me no more
    You paint by numbers

    Staying here in this room just makes me pole
    I never really could fat into your geometric scale
    I see you measure my profile up
    And you mix your paints in a broken cup

    What'll you do if the brush gets stuck
    When I'm gone

    You paint by numbers
    I never noticed it before
    You paint by numbers
    It's just a closing of an open door
    When you're looking round
    You won't see me no more
    You paint by numbers

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