Pictures of Matchstick Men
- 0 Views
When I look up to the sky I see your eyes a funny kind of yellow I rush home to bed I soak my head I see your face underneath my pillow I wake next morning, tired, still yawning See your face come peeping through my window Pictures of matchstick men and you Mirages of matchstick men and you All I ever see is them and you Windows echo your reflection When I look in their direction now When will this haunting stop? Your face it just won't leave me alone Pictures of matchstick men and you Mirages of matchstick men and you All I ever see is them and you You're in the sky and with the sky You make men cry, you lie You're in the sky and with the sky You make men cry, you lie Pictures of matchstick men and Pictures of matchstick men and you Pictures of matchstick men and Pictures of matchstick men and
Written by: Francis Dominic Nicholas Rossi
Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
10 facts about this song
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" is a song by the English rock band, Status Quo, released in January 1968.
The song peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only song by Status Quo to make a significant impact in the US charts.
The track was launched under Pye Records, a British record label that was active from 1953 to 1980.
The song was written by the band's lead singer, Francis Rossi. He penned the song while he was seriously ill with the flu.
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" is considered Status Quo's first hit song and is generally categorized as one of the best examples of psychedelic pop from the era.
Unlike the later material of Status Quo, which was typically hard rock or blues rock, "Pictures of Matchstick Men" features a lilting melody carried by tremolo guitar, which gives the track a psychedelic mood.
The song has been covered by several artists, including Camper Van Beethoven, who released their version in 1989. Their cover went up to number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Rossi reportedly got the inspiration for "Pictures of Matchstick Men" from a matchstick drawing by British artist L.S. Lowry. Lowry was famed for his urban landscapes populated by matchstick men — hence the song name.
Despite the band's shift in musical style over the years, it still often includes "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in its live performances, asserting the song's popularity and endurance.
Originally, the song was included in the band's debut album, "Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo". But it has also featured in multiple compilation and live albums due to its enduring popularity.
Discuss the Pictures of Matchstick Men Lyrics with the community:
Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:
"Pictures of Matchstick Men Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 28 Feb. 2024. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/35348616/Status+Quo/Pictures+of+Matchstick+Men>.