status quo - pictures of matchstick men - enhanced sound





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Published on Jul 4, 2013

edit of the famous mono single, the first hit single of Status Quo. Released January 5, 1968.
it reached number four in (hurray for) Holland, number seven in the British charts (hurray Brittain for leaving sucking-us-empty EU), number eight in Canada, and number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only hit single in the United Retarded States

The "matchstick men" of the song refers to the paintings of L.S. Lowry, who made paintings with thin, spindly people on it. *

Rhythm guitar, vocals: Rick Parfitt (12 October 1948 - 24 December 2016).
Lead vocals & guitar: Francis Rossi.
Bass, vocals: Alan Lancaster.
Organ: Roy Lynes.
Drums: John Coghlan.

producer: John Schroeder
Alan Florence: engineer

(Francis Dominic Nicholas Rossi)

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 peeking 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 gone
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 in the sky, you with the sky
You make me cry, your eyes

You in the sky, you with this guy
You make men cry, you lie

Pictures of matchstick men and
Pictures of matchstick men and
Pictures of matchstick men and

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Rossi said the song is about a bad marriage: well, when I watch the paintings of Lowry they make me feel sad, just like pictures of his then wife made Rossi feel sad. Guess that is the true meaning of the lyrics.

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    • The Sixties Album
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    • Francis Rossi
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