"Pablo Picasso" as written by and Clarence Greenwood....
The woman that I love
Is forty feet tall
She's a movie star
She's all in the papers
And everywhere i go
People hand me quarters
And they pat me on the back
They treat me like I'm famous
I'll never leave her side
'Cause today can be dangerous
And when the night arrives
The light hit her features
And the cars drive by
Just so they could see her
And she never bats an eye
When someone takes her picture

Mr.Officer if you've come to take her
Then that means one of us
Gonna end up in a stretcher
Gonna end up in the papers, going end up in the papers, yeah

If i had a pistol
I'd brandish it and wave it
She's the only one alive that knows that I'm not crazy
She's gonna testify on my behalf
Down at the Navy
So I can get some peace
And provide for my babies
I got a stick and a bottle
I'll pretend I got a razor
Helicopters and cameras all shottin' for the station
They say that a wild man defending his lady
But for some odd reason they keep calling you a painting


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"Pablo Picasso" as written by Clarence Greenwood

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    General CommentI believe that this song is about a crazy homeless man who has fallen in love with a billboard of some celebrity. When the company wants to change the billboard to another theme, he protestes and this makes him famous with local people, but the company calls the police to take down the billboard and that's where the song takes place.
    Bene340on August 08, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationFeels to me like CC is talking about liberty and freedom.

    Seems like the first verse could be going in and out of a literal interpretation of the Statue of Liberty. The fight for freedom and democracy (as portrayed by the media) is always in the papers. When the statue of liberty is lit, her features are very defined. go overseas or to 3rd world countries that are suppressed, they get treated as celebrities (so I've heard). She never bats an eye, because she's a statue...

    Mr. officer, don't try to take my freedom away, or one of us is going to be laid out.

    The second verse is referring more to the cost of freedom, and having to fight for it constantly. Also, some people that try to rise up against the establishments tend to get chastised and branded as lunatics. So as he would be seen as crazy from a distance, his love for freedom is true and though they may try to mislabel the place of freedom and peace being a painting or fictional place, he knows in his heart it is a very real existence.

    Maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I heard.

    First post I've ever made here... really diggin this site :)
    byrdinflighton September 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat if it's all about the Statue of Liberty?
    Hold on... what is she a symbol of? LIBERTY?!

    The woman that I love
    Is forty feet tall
    She's a movie star
    She's all in the papers

    Sounds like the Statue...

    And everywhere i go
    People hand me quarters
    And they pat me on the back
    They treat me like im famous

    He is homeless, gets change, people pity him.


    I'll never leave her side
    'Cause today can be dangerous

    He is homeless, therefore - he is a free man.
    Compared to our freedom -- he is the one who is really free of all the responsibilities of today's world.

    And when the night arrives
    The light hit her features
    And the cars drive by
    Just so they could see her
    And she never bats an eye
    When someone takes her picture

    Again, sounds like the Statue. He goes back and forth between talking about the statue itself, and what she actually symbolizes.

    Mr.Officer if you've come to take her
    Then that means one of us
    Gonna end up in a stretcher
    Gonna end up in the papers, going end up in the papers, yeah

    He wont let anyone take away his freedom.
    He was prolly loitering somewhere for too long (like homeless people tend to do) and some idiot called the cops.

    If i had a pistol
    I'd brandish it and wave it
    She's the only one alive that knows that I'm not crazy

    Right to bear arms? Freedom?
    She, Liberty, is the only one who understands him - the free man.

    She's gonna testify on my behalf
    Down at the Navy
    So I can get some peace
    And provide for my babies

    Navy - armed forces of the US - fighting for freedom.
    She is his secret weapon.
    All he wants is to provide for his family and he has the right - the liberty to do so.
    And she, Liberty, she's got his back on that one.

    I got a stick and a bottle
    I'll pretend I got a razor
    Helicopters and cameras all shottin' for the station
    They say that a wild man defending his lady

    He will do anything and everything in his power to protect his freedom.
    The feeling is so strong that even though he might seem like nobody with nothing is his posession (stick in a bottle) -- he will make it seem like he has that f&%$#n razor if anyone gets close to taking away his freedom.

    But for some odd reason they keep calling you a painting

    painting - something still, not real, an 'illusion' --as most people might say.
    he knows that his painting - his freedom - is real.
    and he wont let anyone take it away.

    I hope you got my point...
    Thank you.




    oh, and by the way:
    picasso did design sculptures.
    wootz91on June 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is indeed about a homeless man who falls in love with a billboard of a movie star. In his mind the pats on the back and quarters given to him are because he is famous not destitute. He is protecting the billboard from coming down and has caused a ruckus involving the police and the whole thing is being filmed by the news copters. It is from his perspective and what he is feeling about his love. Great fee to the song.
    plaxicomartinon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis just kinda came to me, but i think this is about a street painter how paints a forty foot woman on a wall. The newspapers publish stories on him and people give him quarters and pat him on the back because they are impressed. It becomes a kind of attraction, which is why people take pictures and drive up at night to see it. Eventually the police come to take it down because it is on city property and is technically graffiti. He puts up a fight and gets further news coverage.

    I dunno to me this makes the most sense, after all nobody goes to see billboards or takes pictures of them...
    victormrton October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...this song is amazing- especially the way it just goes in, out, then into My Way Home...its just funky as hell. It seems like one of those very strange songs that probably means something different to everyone... Pablo Picasso was one of the innovators of surrealism and was known for his creations of fantasy...to me the song is like a metaphor for someone who becomes one with and falls in love with their work and will stop at nothing to protect it... or the feeling of his work losing integrity as the artist gains fame. Cope seems to be dealing with these same themes throughout this album. Or maybe there isn't a more serious meaning underneath and its just a kick-ass song w/ strange lyrics....
    shivashanon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI kinda agree with shivashan, it does seem as if his love isn't human but some kind of artwork maybe, for some reason it seems like maybe a statue. That's just what I get out of it. No matter what the truth is behind this song, it is still amazing and one of my favorites of this album.
    CassanovaMooseon June 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI actually feel the song is about environmentalist terrorism... I know that sounds like a stretch, but picasso was never a sculptor and no statue has ever been forty feet high, other than the statue of liberty. He's from brooklyn and there's been a history of destroying trees there. But specifically when he says that she's all in the papers, it really feels like he's talking about a tree. But hey he could be talking about a billboard but those get taken down all the time so that doesn't seem significant enough... So yeah, trees, environmetalism. you get the point.
    thescenestboyaliveon August 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this story was written from a homeless and crazy man's viewpoint.
    I think his lady is Lady Justice. She shares the seal of NY with Liberty, who is taller than 40'.
    bellstretcheron September 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think thats only what it means on the surface. i mean, obviously a homeless man loves a painting of a woman and doesnt want it taken down. be it a poster, a billboard, grafiti...whatever, thats not the point. it explains alot about life as ahomeless person and why it is the way it is.

    a homeless man with babies to feed and everyone thinks hes crazy. he never leaves that spot because he has nothing/nobody else and "today can be dangerous". he has convinced himself that shes real 'cause its an escape, like playing make believe, and now everybody thinks hes crazy for it. then, someone calls the cops on him cause people are assholes and he thinks theyre coming to take his woman but they are really there to get rid of them. he starts to fight, not because they want him to leave but because in his reality hes saving his woman which thus explains why shit goes down with homeless people the way it does.

    i dont know if i made my point clearly and maybe its just cause im from new york, or maybe its cuz i talk to every homeless person i see but anyways, thats what i think.
    Jewelzee23on September 19, 2007   Link

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