Painter Man
Boney M. Lyrics


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Went to college, studied arts
To be an artist make a start
Studied hard, gettin' my degree
But no one seemed to notice me

Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man
Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man

Tried cartoons and comic books
Dirty postcards could have done
Here was where the money laid
Classic art has had it's day

Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man
Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man

Did adverts for T.V.
Household shops and brands of tea
Labels all around the cans
Who want to be a painter man

Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man
Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man

La, la, la, la, la, la,
La, la, la, la, la, la, la,




Painter man, painter man
Who want to be a painter man

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Boney M.'s "Painter Man" tell the story of an art school graduate who has struggled to make a name for himself as an artist. Despite obtaining his degree and trying various artistic avenues - including cartoons, comic books, and classic art - he has not gained recognition or financial success. The frustration of his situation becomes clear in the repetition of the phrase "Who want to be a painter man," indicating the lack of interest or demand for his work.


Additionally, the lyrics highlight the commercialization of art and the pressure for artists to create work that will sell, as seen in the mention of advertisements and labels on cans of food. The emphasis on making a living rather than pursuing a passion is reflected in the contrast between the mention of "dirty postcards" as something that could have been successful and the dismissal of classic art as having "had its day."


Overall, the lyrics of "Painter Man" express the disappointment and disillusionment of a struggling artist in a world that does not seem to value his work.


Line by Line Meaning

Went to college, studied arts
I attended college and studied art.


To be an artist make a start
I wanted to pursue a career as an artist.


Studied hard, gettin' my degree
I worked diligently towards earning my degree in art.


But no one seemed to notice me
Despite my efforts, I didn't gain any recognition for my work.


Tried cartoons and comic books
I attempted to make a living by creating cartoons and comic books.


Dirty postcards could have done
I could have made more money by creating vulgar postcards.


Here was where the money laid
However, the most profitable path wasn't one that I was personally comfortable with.


Classic art has had it's day
Traditional art forms were no longer in demand.


Did adverts for T.V.
I turned to creating advertisements for television.


Household shops and brands of tea
My advertisements featured household products, such as tea brands.


Labels all around the cans
My work appeared on product labels.


Who want to be a painter man
I still longed to be recognized as a painter, despite my change in career path.


La, la, la, la, la, la,
An interlude of nonsensical sounds.


La, la, la, la, la, la, la,
Another interlude of nonsensical sounds.


Painter man, painter man
A repetition of the song's title.


Who want to be a painter man
A repetition of the song's theme, expressing the desire to be recognized as a painter.




Lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: EDWIN PHILLIPS, KENNETH PICKETT

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