Lou Reed, John Cale Smalltown cover

Smalltown
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April 7, 2015
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Song Meaning
Verse 1
When you're growing up in a small town
when you're growing up in a small town
when you're growing up in a small town
you say, no one famous ever came from here
Verse 2
When you're growing up in a small town
and you're having a nervous breakdown
and you think that you'll never escape it
yourself or the place that you live
Verse 3
Where did Picasso come from
there's no Michelangelo coming from Pittsburgh
if art is the tip of the iceberg
I'm the part sinking below
Verse 4
When you're growing up in a small town
bad skin, bad eyes, gay and fatty
people look at you funny
when you're in a small town
Verse 5
My father worked in construction
it's not something for which I'm suited
oh, what is something for which you are suited
getting out of here
Verse 6
I hate being odd in a small town
if they stare let them stare in New York City
as this pink eyed painting albino
how far can my fantasy go
Verse 7
I'm no Dali coming from Pittsburgh
no adorable lisping Capote
my hero, oh, do you think I could meet him
I'd camp out at his front door
Verse 8
There is only one good thing about small town
there is only one good use for a small town
there is only one good thing about small town
you know that you want to get out
Verse 9
When you're growing up in a small town
you know you'll grow down in a small town
there is only one good use for a small town
Verse 10
You hate it and you'll know you have to leave

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