"Painter Song" as written by Lee Alexander and Gerald Clinton Hopson....
If I were a painter
I would paint my reverie
If that's the only way for you to be with me

We'd be there together
Just like we used to be
Underneath the swirling skies for all to see

And I'm dreaming of a place
Where I could see your face
And I think my brush would take me there
But only

If I were a painter
And could paint a memory
I'd climb inside the swirling skies to be with you

And I'm dreaming of a place
Where I could see your face
And I think my brush would take me there
But only

If I were a painter
And could paint a memory
I'd climb inside the swirling skies to be with you
I'd climb inside the skies to be with you


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"Painter Song" as written by Lee Alexander J.c. Hopkins

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    General CommentI've always thought this was about nostalgia about a very close friend who has passed away (inside the skies = heaven). I do have a very good friend who I always think about when I hear this song... and each time, I imagine painting a memory of him and being able to enjoy more time with him.
    Qrystalon August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. Really slow and lazy. Made me wished I were also a painter who 'painted' a life with someone special. Kind of reminds me of the feeling you get with you've discovered you are in love. :)
    GimmeDistraction3on July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis sing is so beautiful! Her voice is really calm and breazy in this song, and makes u just wanna lay back and dream! The meaning is pretty easy, she likes this guy but she cant be with him, so she wishes she was a painter, and could paint pictures with them two together! Beautiful song!
    angel2kisson July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPerfect love. Someone you love but never will be with so you paint a whole scene of the two of you together. Fantasy dreaming. I love it. Sometimes its all you can do. Norah Jones speaks for all the lost loves and does it better than anyone. And so young herself. She must have an old soul.
    treena1155on August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI was wondering if anyone knew if this was her song, or if someone else did this song before?? Please PM me if you know, I would really like to know...it's a WONDERFUL song!
    cowgirl18on August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is about how she used to be with this guy, but then they went their own separate ways and she wishes that there was a way to reunite with him so they could be together again....i love this song its one of my favorites on this album!
    vlnt608on September 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite song, i love it so much.it makes me think of my love with my darling. This song speaks for all the ones who love each other...Ik hou van je Korneel...
    daughter_of_satanon October 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can relate to this song a lot. It's so beautiful. To me, it's a song about unrequitted love.
    Danitaon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so romantic. It is about daydreaming about the way things were and wishing that you could paint a picture of it and get inside the picture. I think she would rather be with the memory version him than really be with him in real life.
    I love the music that goes with this song. It's so dreamy. I think there is an accordian or something. That's my favorite part. It really goes with the lyrics.
    sfgirl82on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this has got some references to "A Starry Night" by Van Gogh. Not quite a love song but trying to understand the artist at the time. "Underneath the swirling skies for all to see" obvisious reference to the giant moving skies in the painting. Maybe a love for the artists work? Van Gogh also did alot of self portraits "Where I could see your face" and a starry night was painted from memory while Van Gogh was in a mental institution.
    valkyrie1223on February 22, 2005   Link

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