"Paint Box" as written by and Rick Wright....
Last night I had too much to drink
Sitting in a club with so many fools
Playing to rules
Trying to impress but feeling rather empty
I had another drink
A drink, a drink, a drink, a drink

What a way to spend that evening
They all turn up with their friends
Playing the game
But in the scene I should have been
Far away
Away, away, away, away, away, away
Getting up, I feel as if I'm remembering this scene before
I open the door to an empty room
Then I forget

The telephone rings and someone speaks
She would very much like to go out to a show
So what can I do, I can't think what to say
She sees through anyway
Away, away, away, away, away, away

Out of the front door I go
Traffic's moving rather slow
Arriving late, there she waits
Looking very angry, as cross as she can be
Be, a-be, a-be, a-be, a-be, a-be
Getting up, I feel as if I'm remembering this scene before
I open the door to an empty room
Then I forget


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"Paintbox" as written by Rick Wright

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  • +1
    General Commenti hate those stages in life :-/
    phloydon December 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEarly Floyd songs are extremely different from what Floyd would become. That is why they are able to stand up to the masterpieces of later Floyd. This is one of those songs.
    inpraiseoffollyon April 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRick Wright's songs are very interesting. I'm not sure that I like them as much as the band's others, but they're still good.
    inpraiseoffollyon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I had another drink
    a Drink - a - drink - a - drink - a - drink - a drink..."

    Rick just couldn't help himself lol
    Homicidal Suicidalon February 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of their best songs, in my opinion
    cornersoulon May 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI second that opinion.
    ferret111on December 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnly 10 comments on this song!!?

    In my opinion, this song is on their top five or ten best songs! The bass line, the guitar, the synthesizer and the voices are incredible!

    Early Pink Floyd is so sweet, psychedelic and sarcastic at the same time!
    garveymon August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you have ever read The Catcher in the Rye, this song describes EXACTLY how Holden Caulfield feels. He gets drunk, feels empty, hates all the "phonies". Goes to a show with Sally, he disappoints her somehow or other, and doesn't really have fun. Basically he just feels empty whenever he interacts with people.
    DudeWithBeardon January 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice song, trippy. going out, drinking, not keeping promises. not sure much else.
    psycho78on January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the one line went "they're in the scene or should have been," but it's not. My impression of this song is that some guy went out drinking and thought it sucked.

    The lyrics here are slightly wrong and incomplete (two or three lines), so I'll just repost for simplicity:

    Last night I had too much to drink
    Sitting in a club with so many fools
    Playing to rules
    Trying to impress but feeling rather empty
    I had another drink
    Drink - a - drink - a - drink - a - drink

    What a way to spend that evening
    They all turn up with their friends
    Playing the game
    But in the scene I should have been
    Far away
    Away - away - away - away - away
    Getting up, I feel as if I'm remembering this
    scene before
    I open the door to an empty room
    Then I forget

    The telephone rings and someone speaks
    She would very much like to go out to a show
    So what can I do - I can't think what to say
    She sees through anyway
    Away - away - away - away - away

    Out of the front door I go
    Traffic's moving rather slow
    Arriving late, there she waits
    Looking very angry, as cross as she can be
    Be - a - be - a - be - a - be - a - be
    Getting up, I feel as if I'm remembering this
    scene before
    I open the door to an empty room
    Then I forget
    phasetransitionon February 20, 2007   Link

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