I walked a pace behind you at the soundcheck
You're just the same as I am
What makes most people feel happy
Leads us headlong into harm
So, in my bedroom in those 'ugly new houses'
I danced my legs down to the knees
But me and my 'true love'
Will never meet again...
I mean, nobody else writes about pop stardom/fandom like that.
I haven’t really been very active in this thread, mostly because The Smiths are so universally loved and every song they did is rightfully heralded as brilliant. Almost every song, I should say. Paint a Vulgar Picture still feels terribly underrated and overlooked. To me it’s up there with the very best they ever did. And the guitar solo is the greatest guitar solo of all time. It, just like the song itself, is drenched in unrelenting melancholy and the lyrics show just how Moz really is one of us. He’s just as much of a music fan as he is an artist.
I really love Johnny’s guitar solo in the middle, it’s brilliant.
For me its inclusion because it enriches the song sonically.
Sadly, we lost that brilliant paint a vulgar picture verse in the process.