Must I Paint You A Picture
Billy Bragg Lyrics

It's bad timing and me
We find a lot of things out this way
And there's you
A little black cloud in a dress
The temptation
To take the precious things we have apart
To see how they work
Must be resisted for they never fit together again
If this is rain let it fall on me and drown me
If these are tears let them fall

Must I paint you a picture
About the way that I feel
You know my love for you is strong, girl
You know my love for you is real

It took a short walk and a talk
To change the rules of engagement
While you searched frantically for reverse and them claiming
That virtue never tested is no virtue at all
And so I lost my ignorance
And now the bells across the river chime out your name
I look across to them again

All your friends said come down
It will never fly
And on that imperfect day
We threw it all away
Crisis after crisis, with such intensity
This would never happen if we lived by the sea

Most important decisions in life
Are made between two people in bed
I found that out at my expense
And when I see you
You just turn around and walk away like we never met
Oh we used to be so brave
I dreamt the world stopped turning as we climbed the hill
I dreamt impossible dreams that we were lovers still

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BILLY BRAGG

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When the female vocalist comes in I always start to well up in my eyes. Absolutely stinkin beautiful.


Who is she?

Robert Murphy

I spent 5 hours where we sat like two of the most pathetic things; five hours with her sitting on my lap.  Five of the best hours of my life.

Gilbert Aguilar

Well Put, man. Well Put.

Beezlbob Destraint

+Robert Murphy I though was a quote from a book, or something. Huh. That's actually really sweet.

Buster Man

Billy must of truly been in love when he wrote this. Its a classic.

Sharon Naylar

He was, I heard him talk about it in a radio interview with Jo Wiley. Really moving

gina barajas

my favorite Billy Bragg song. you can find this song on the Walking and Talking movie soundtrack, it's placed in the perfect spot at the end of the movie ;)


I was introduced to Billy's music in Germany when I was in the U.S. Army back in the mid 80s. I even got to see him in a small joint in Nashville TN and he kept giving me stares and smiles as I was the only one there that had ever heard his music and would scream titles of his songs to play. As an American, I thank Billy for his work on putting old lyrics recently found by the "Guthrie" family of Woodie's to music. Only a musician of his caliber could ever do it.

Judith Murphy

'Walking & Talking' is one of my favourite films & this song features in the closing scenes. So beautiful! Love it! 💖

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