"Slow Graffiti" as written by Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Isobel Campbell....
There's a portrait
In a back room
Which I keep for days upon
Which I relent
And gaze for hours on
The muscle, skin and bone of some
Imaginary friend.

So how about it?
Show me please how I
Will look in twenty years
And let me please
Interpret history
In every line and scar
That's painted there in front of me.

It doesn't matter what I'm thinking
What I tell myself to do
I'll end up calling.

I stay in to defrost the fridge
Now the kid has gone to bed
A feeling of dread
At least when she's around
The trouble's there
It's worse to wake up with her
Falling round the room.

Listen Johnny, you're like a mother
To the girl you've fallen for,
And you're still falling

Listen Johnny, you're like a mother
To the girl you've fallen for,
And you're still falling

And if they come tonight
You'll roll up tight
And take whatever's coming to you next


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"Slow Graffiti" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my top 5 or so favorite songs of all time and I am dumbfounded that it has no comments. Lyrics don't get much better than those first 3 stanzas..
    Whit0685on April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always saw the 'portrait in the back room' as being a mirror. He's staring at himself and being unable to recognize himself anymore after all the abuse and stress he's putting himself through taking care of this girl who seems to have serious issues (alcohol? drugs?). Yet he can't pull himself away, no matter what his friends advise him to do, he's still falling for her and with her into her own pit of despair.
    thegrueon February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStuarts voice is amazing in this song. I also like the way it starts out with just Stuart and the instruments come in after the first verse. Of course, B&S does this a lot. (The State I'm In, It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career, I Fought In A War, Beautiful, etc.). This is just more proof that even their B-Sides are absolutely amazing.
    Uhgreenon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentStuarts voice is amazing in this song. I also like the way it starts out with just Stuart and the instruments come in after the first verse. Of course, B&S does this a lot. (The State I'm In, It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career, I Fought In A War, Beautiful, etc.). This is just more proof that even their B-Sides are absolutely amazing.
    Uhgreenon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i could say that i understood what this song was about
    does anyone know?
    rose.paradeon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a great song (for one so short). I think it's just about a lad who has to look after his volatile girlfriend. He's worried about it's effects on him if it's a long lasting relationship and he uses this portrait to explore his fars. I used to think that there was a Dorian Grey ref in the first verse but I don't think so any more. It's intersting that the imaginary friend theme re-emerges on funny little frog.
    Sparkeron August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBelle and Sebastian must be one of the most underappreciated band ever. This is amazingly beautiful.
    Wicked!on September 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis too is my favorite Belle and Sebastian song, yet I don't have the slightest idea what it means.. I guess I agree with Sparker, about a guy looking after his gf.
    AlamoBasementon September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it should be:

    Which I keep for days
    Upon which I relent
    words&trickson April 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first two stanzas remind me of The Picture Of Dorian Grey.
    ExoM7on August 16, 2009   Link

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