"Story of an Artist (Daniel Johnston cover)" as written by and Daniel Johnston....
Listen up and I'll tell a story
About an artist growing old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others aren't so bold

And everyone in friends and family
Sayin' "hey go get a job
Why do you only do that only
Why are you so odd?

"And we don't really like what you do
We don't think anyone ever will
We think you have a problem
And this problem's made you ill"

The artist walks among the flowers
Appreciating the sun
He's out there all his waking hours
Oh and who's to say he's wrong

But the artist walks alone
And someone says behind his back
"He's got some gall to call himself that
He doesn't even know where he's at"

And they sit in front of their tv
Sayin' "hey isn't this a lot of fun"
And they laugh at the artist
Saying "he don't know how to have fun"

Listen up and I'll tell a story
About an artist growin' old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others like to watch the world


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"Story of an Artist" as written by Daniel Johnston

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    General Commentdaniel johnston cover.. "we think you have a problem and this problem's made you ill". .
    extremely personal and honest..love it.
    howleykidon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like the cover and the original, but M. Ward's voice and guitar playing are better than Daniel's. There's another Daniel Johnston cover ("To Go Home") on his next album, Post-War.
    rhymeswithorangeon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh my gosh. This is amazing. I'm a HUGE Daniel Johnston fan and a friend of mine asked if I dug M. Ward. and directs me to his Myspace account. I instantly see "Story of An Artist" and click it to check if it's the same song. Lo and behold it was and I am now hooked on M. Ward. I suppose it was fate. :-)
    matsieon February 04, 2007   Link

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