I can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Now, when I talked to God, I knew He'd understand
He said, "Stick by my side and I'll be your guiding hand
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to"
Ooh, well

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    General CommentFabulous song, giving an opportunity for some cool guitar work around a cleverly written ( and very catchy ) song.

    I guess it is really about someone who is self deprecating, or at least acknowledging their own shortcomings, but also that others have their problems too - don't judge, just accept.

    I particularly like the second verse, because it takes a very realistic approach to God ( is that possible? who knows ). Sort of "yes I love you and will help you, but don't get too bigheaded."
    Schroedingeron June 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. Love the distortion on the voice.

    Just pretty self-explanatory.
    bayberry_moonon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest Peter Green era song from this great band!
    bkat004on February 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPage used the stop and start technique as an inspiration on "Black dog"
    the scenic worldon November 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow only 2 comments? this is only the best song to have ever come out of the late 60's! bloody good blues guitarist was peter green, especially when combined with danny kirwan. more people should pay more attention to this masterpiece of blues rock
    thedoorsandlzrockon February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a masterpiece
    zaqwert777on September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA cheap, sleazy rock record (in the good way) that trademarks the era.

    OldSkoolon June 25, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI think it is a song about people caring too much about superficial things: "I can't sing, i ain't and my legs are thin.." So, the writer is telling the audience that you may not want his opinion of you because he would be brutally honest, and you might not like what you hear. Especially if you're in the high maintenance, superficial category....... probably best not to ask.
    morninglemonon June 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentA really great song that wouldn't go over well in this age of "safe spaces" and the like. That kind of honesty, from a person or even more so from God (like the Total Perspective Vortex on major steroids), isn't appreciated--so I'm glad it was written when it was.
    jejones3141on May 30, 2021   Link

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