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{{Songbox
! colspan="2" | THE SMITHS Song
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| Name = Paint A Vulgar Picture
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| Album = [[Strangeways, Here We Come]]
| Name
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| Length = 5:35<br>5:40 (Monitor Mix)<br>5:38 (Studio Outtake)
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| Writer = Morrissey/Marr
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| Producer = [[Stephen Street]]<br>Assisted by [[Morrissey]] & [[Johnny Marr]]
| Album/Single
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| Recorded = Spring 1987
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| Release = September 1987
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[[Category:The Smiths Lyrics]]  
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[[Category:The Smiths Lyrics]]
      
==Information==
 
==Information==
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* An alternate take of this song appears on [[The Smiths – Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals (LP bootleg)|The Smiths – Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals]] bootleg LP.
    
== Lyrics ==
 
== Lyrics ==
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<poem>
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At the record company meeting
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On their hands - a dead star
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And oh, the plans they weave
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And oh, the sickening greed
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At the record company party
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On their hands - a dead star
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The sycophantic slags all say :
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"I knew him first, and I knew him well"
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Re-issue! Re-package! Re-package!
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Re-evaluate the songs
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Double-pack with a photograph
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Extra track (and a tacky badge)
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A-list, playlist
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"Please them , please them !"
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"Please them !"
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(sadly, this was your life)
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But you could have said no
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If you'd wanted to
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You could have said no
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If you'd wanted to
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BPI, MTV, BBC
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"Please them ! Please then!"
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(sadly this was your life)
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But you could have said no
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If you'd wanted to
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You could have walked away
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...Couldn't you?
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I touched you at the soundcheck
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You had no real way of knowing
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In my heart I begged "Take me with you ...
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I don't care where you're going..."
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But to you I was faceless
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I was fawning, I was boring
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Just a child from those ugly new houses
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Who could never begin to know
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Who could never really know
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Oh...
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Best of! Most of!
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Satiate the need
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Slip them into different sleeves!
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Buy both, and feel deceived
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Climber - new entry, re-entry
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World tour! ("media whore")
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"Please the Press in Belgium!"
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(This was your life...)
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And when it fails to recoup ?
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Well, maybe :
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You just haven't earned it yet, baby
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I walked a pace behind you at the soundcheck
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You're just the same as I am
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What makes most people feel happy
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Leads us headlong into harm
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So, in my bedroom in those 'ugly new houses'
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I danced my legs down to the knees
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But me and my 'true love'
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Will never meet again...
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==Personnel==
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At the record company meeting
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On their hands - at last! - A dead star !
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But they can never taint you in my eyes
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No, they can never touch you now
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No, they cannot hurt you, my darling
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They cannot touch you now
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But me and my 'true love'
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Will never meet again
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</poem>
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==Live History==
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