Lou Reed, John Cale Smalltown cover

Smalltown
by Lou Reed & John Cale
Lyrics



Smalltown Lyrics

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
At 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's only one good thing about small town
There's only one good use for a small town
There's 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's 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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