Bill said, "I wonder how many of you remember this one. I first heard this song in 1974, and always wondered what it meant. I liked it, though. I just think it sounds cool. However, Annie did some research to find out the meaning behind this odd song. Here is what she found...
The title comes from the "Matchstick Men" paintings by L. S. Lowry. The paintings are considered dark and filled with stick-like figures, mostly of men. The paintings depicted 20th-century life in the industrial areas of England.
Francis Rossi, the lead singer of Status Quo, wrote the song, “Pictures of Matchstick Men”. He wrote this dark song shortly after marrying his first wife. Rossi has said that he immediately realized he had made a serious mistake. He became very depressed, feeling he was just going through the motions of life. While hiding in the bathroom from his wife and mother-in-law, he wrote most of the song. He completed it later, while sitting in a lounge. The song was an immediate hit in 1968, and is still popular today."
"Pictures of Matchstick Men"
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