Call It Something Nice
Small Faces Lyrics


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Oh, can't you see? It's not me you're looking for
I'm not the one to show you the way
The answer is you, it was and will always be
The answer is you and certainly not me.

It's not this I say for wanting to hurt you
But this I say for wanting to help
Please, see the good and don't see the bad in me
The good and the bad are both in yourself.

Oh, please, don't grow, don't grow to depend on me
Don't lean on me 'cause I might let you down.

Make (???) now, tomorrow may never be
Make (???) now and don't turn around




But look for the light that's so bright you cannot see
Look for the light and don't look for me.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Small Faces’ song ‘Call It Something Nice’ give a message of self-discovery and self-reliance. The song starts with a rejection of being the answer to someone's problems. The singer recognizes that he cannot solve the listener's problems and that the answer lies within them. The words "The answer is you, and certainly not me" emphasize this point. The singer's intention is not to hurt the listener, but to move them towards self-reflection and realization.


The singer then encourages the listener to see the good rather than the bad in themselves. The words "Please, see the good and don't see the bad in me, the good and the bad are both in yourself" support the theme of self-discovery. The singer knows that everyone has both good and bad within them, and encourages the listener to acknowledge this duality within themselves.


The rest of the lyrics advise the listener not to rely on the singer. The words "Please, don't grow to depend on me, don't lean on me 'cause I might let you down" reveal a fear of letting the listener down. The song ends with an encouragement to embrace the future and move towards the light.


Overall, ‘Call It Something Nice’ suggests that personal fulfillment requires self-reflection, self-discovery, and independence.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, can't you see? It's not me you're looking for
I'm telling you that I'm not the person you should be seeking or relying on


I'm not the one to show you the way
I'm not the guide or mentor you need in your life


The answer is you, it was and will always be
You have the solutions within yourself, both now and forever


The answer is you and certainly not me.
I'm not the solution to your problems, it can only be you


It's not this I say for wanting to hurt you
I'm not saying this to harm you or make you feel bad


But this I say for wanting to help
I'm telling you this because I want what's best for you


Please, see the good and don't see the bad in me
I want you to focus on my positive qualities and not my negative ones


The good and the bad are both in yourself.
You have your own positive and negative qualities to deal with


Oh, please, don't grow, don't grow to depend on me
Please don't grow to rely on me or my abilities


Don't lean on me 'cause I might let you down.
I might not be able to support you in the way you need, so don't rely on me


Make (???) now, tomorrow may never be
Do something important or meaningful now, because there may not be a chance later


Make (???) now and don't turn around
Don't hesitate, just go for it and don't look back


But look for the light that's so bright you cannot see
Look for something positive or inspiring that might be hard to find or recognize


Look for the light and don't look for me.
Don't waste your time searching for me, look for something better instead




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@Augmuse

I think I love all the Small Faces songs. The band really hits my musical sweet spot. Steve's vocals are so awesome. He had the pipes. I wish he had not died so early in his life in that fire at his house. Miss you Steve Marriott miss you...

@cindyfalstrom7231

I completely agree. This is my favorite song today. Tomorrow - another, or another... Their music was so varied and unique and each song perfect. Miss them.

@fallout54joe

There’s a sincerity and honesty in the lyrics I once found so profound I thought the guys were singing it for me No matter how you came to enjoy The Small Faces they remain a gift Maturity and craft way beyond their years at the time they wrote and cut their stuff They are timeless incredibly influential and probably more relevant now than the heyday

@cindyfalstrom7231

Thank you, very well said.

@QueenetBowie

the small faces are brilliant in both their music and lyrics, Steve Marriott is amazing and his voice is spine chilling. I only started listening to them about a year ago and I'm so sad I didn't find them sooner.

@Framptonissimo

Steve Marriott~ his voice is spine chilling.

@roberttompkins6489

So many of their songs touch so deep in one's very being.

@bennyjazzful

WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From a mad keen 74yo Aussie fan.
Amazing band

@folderman71

Tomorrow may never be... So sad and so true God bless our boys Steve and Ronnie

@Deena777

Small Faces were a great band of the 1960s, on par with the Beatles and The Who etc. I wish a teenager when they were playing live.

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