Revelation artistry
So fed up with hypocrisy
There isn't a label large enough to fit your bill

Act like you deserve to win
Trade up for a thicker skin
For scraps of acceptance from coked-up quasi-urbane kids

I'm really, really, really,
Really proud of what you did

Post-paint boy, with your art
You're penny rich and dollar dumb
In a style that they call
So non-European

You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye
You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye--yep!

Belarus Biennial
You surely surely made them wow
Minds were blown and bombs were thrown--oh no!!

Seventeen anteaters
Sequestered in a room
With the sisters of mothers of famous gluttons I don't know

You really, really, really,
Really, really, really showed

Who can blame you for becoming
Penny smart and dollar dumb
In a world that has become
So American

You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye
You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye

You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye
You're the maker of modern
Minor masterpieces for the untrained eye--yep!



Lyrics submitted by Igby

Post-Paint boy song meanings
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    General CommentI don't feel like Malkmus is chewing out post-paint boy here, but sympathizing with a clever artist engaged in a somewhat futile pursuit, which is an obvious parallel to Malkmus' chosen career.

    Penny smart and dollar dumb- I feel like this is referring to the kid's ability to come up with lots of clever fragments of expression without formulating a coherent whole. It's not that Post-Paint boy has no merit, rather that he will be under appreciated because he eschews the established art forms to seem cooler to a hipper crowd.

    Scraps of acceptance from coked up quasi urbane kids- the futility of his pursuit. Fleeting recognition from a group of people whose main merit is their ability to project an image, rather than anything substantial. I think this ends up being what a lot of young independent artists and musicians receive for their efforts.

    Also, I just got the line 'seventeen anteaters sequestered in a room with the sisters of mothers of famous gluttons...'

    gave me a chuckle

    How did Malkmus get to be this clever?
    prontoldon September 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti know a guy like this. he's fucking pretentious
    eagle-bearon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI know a girl like this. And she's a quasi-artsy type.
    and that's just as bad as being pretentious.
    Holdyr.ashtraytighton August 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think everyone knows someone like this... and they are all the biggest group of pricks ever.
    Igbyon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think everyone knows someone like this... and they are all the biggest group of pricks ever.
    Igbyon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think everyone knows someone like this... and they are all the biggest group of pricks ever.
    Igbyon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe funny thing is that this song could be about Malkmus himself!! I mean, look at the words used to describe "you all know" ... pretentious, a prick, artsy, etc. that's fucking Malkmus in a nutshell! And I like him! I'm sure the circles SM travels in has lots of people in it just like PPB.
    peacefrogxon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso much hate.. why? yes there are people like this and there is nothing wrong with them.. to each his own. what is wrong, is your hate and fear of these people. if you judge, investigate!
    jj_jac555on January 17, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI know everybody known.........
    painting001on January 28, 2011   Link

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