Guy Clark Chords and Lyrics - Picasso's Mandolin

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Picasso's Mandolin


E Picasso said in 1910, D E "I'm gonna paint me a mandolin. E Could be cubes, it could be curves; D E I like to mix the paint with nerve, E Load my brush and fire away, D E Paint me a hole in the light of day." B You can play it straight or play it from left field; C#m A You got to play it just the way you feel. B Come on, boys, play it again, C#m A Play it on Picasso's mandolin.

Well, it's colorin' books and drinkin' wine;
It's hard to stay between the lines.
There ain't no rule if you don't break it;
There ain't no chance if you don't take it.
He said the damnedest thing he'd ever heard
Was tryin' to learn to sing from a mockingbird.

You can play it straight or play it from left field;
You got to play it just the way you feel.
Come on, boys, play it again,
Play it on Picasso's mandolin.

Picasso said before he died,
"There's one more paintin' I'd like to try."
The doctor held his breath, and then
Picasso nailed a mandolin.
He's born in Spain and died in France;
He was not scared of baggy pants.

You can play it straight or play it from left field;
You got to play it just the way you feel.
Come on, boys, play it again,
Play it on Picasso's mandolin.

Play it straight or play it from left field,
You got to play it just the way you feel.
Come on, boys, play it again,
Play it on Picasso's mandolin.

(Words and music by Guy Clark, Bill Lloyd and Radney Foster, 1992)


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