Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

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Now for something completely different - a duet about the abstract impressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

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Jackson Pollock (duet)

Verse 1
I’m sure you won’t eliminate the Philistine in me
But I’ll walk around this show with you, after all, it’s free
It’s good to have a picture to hang upon the wall
But I don’t understand this abstract stuff at all

Refrain:
That’s just splashing paint about, what’s so smart?
Anyone could do that, that ain’t art

Verse 2 (second voice)
He never touched the canvas but he really touched the heart
He knew how to do that, and that’s what makes it art.
He painted many pictures using this technique
But every one is different, every one’s unique

Refrain:
That’s just splashing paint about, what’s so smart?
Anyone could do that, that ain’t art

Verse 3
Gee, this stuff can grow on you, not just being kind
The one he called Number Five really blew my mind
(second voice)
Okay we can leave now, my work here is done
Getting a bit of culture in you sure was fun

Outro: (together)
That’s not splashing paint about, this guy was smart
Jackson Pollock really did make great art.

©2020 John S Alty



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cindyrella's picture

I like the back and forth on this. I never really understood the appeal of Pollack myself. Nice one!

Sunfire's picture

I can hear this being sung. Clever. Never thought to write a song about an artist.

Very clever lyrics! I like the duet and how the song evolves. The change-up in verse 3 (bridge?) is nice with splitting the duet up into 2 parts, and the change in the outro works well.

Jeuse's picture

I love these types of duets; a sort of musical conversation. It's amazing how good storytelling can conjure images in the mind of the listener and here, you've triggered my imagination to conjure up imaginary Pollocks. Well done.