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Song Released: 2002

Picture Lyrics

[Kid Rock]
Livin' my life in a slow hell
Different girl every night at the hotel
I ain't seen the sun shine in 3 damn days
Been fuelin' up on cocaine and whisky
Wish I had a good girl to miss me
Lord I wonder if I'll ever change my ways


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    Mar 8th, 2008 3:07am report

    It's a relationship story told from both points of view. It hurts both of them to look at the picture of the other one, so they put them away and out of sight so the reminder is gone and hopefully they can move on with their lives. They both handle things differently and are separated for a long time, but ultimately realize they still have chemistry there or they are no longer heartbroken when they are reunited some time later, hence the line "I found your picture today". They have come to a place where they are comfortable looking at the other person and there is no longer a constant negative reminder by looking at the image of the other person.

    This song really hits home with me. My girlfriend of three years and I had just broke up when this song came out. It was so difficult for me to see her picture or anything that reminded me of her. For what seemed like forever, I would find stuff of hers at my place and it brought back all those painful emotions. I was in a really bad place in my life, and I tried to bury my sorrows through destructive means. She was finding comfort with her family, church, and friends; but I became withdrawn from my family and friends, and was lonely and miserable. The actual use of the word "picture" sunk in deep because one of the things of mine that she treasured above any of the jewelry or gifts I gave her was my picture of me taken as an infant. She asked to keep it at her place to remind her of me when I wasn't there. This was the only picture I have of me as a small child because the rest were destroyed, so it was kind of an important keepsake from my childhood. Anyways, I never got it back and we still have not spoken since the breakup. I have no idea where she is or what she is doing, and I still wonder if she has my picture and if she has put it away.


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    Aug 24th, 2019 8:38am report

    The song isn't written by RJ Ritchie and Sheryl Crow, M
    kid rock wrote it only


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    Mar 11th, 2019 3:08pm report

    I wanted do something that had the album between those albums like Jonas la, but it’s different. We’re going to travel all around the world and do some songs different cities. It’s like a summer vacation. We’re getting on their tour bus, and spend time together. Then he’ll write lyrics online to make everything perfect.


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    Aug 17th, 2018 8:10pm report

    I just wanna know, if the song has a story behind it. Why kid wrote it? There's always a story behind any singers songs, so, anybody know?


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    Apr 15th, 2018 4:27pm report

    this song helped me through my divorce 2 years ago. i made me realize i wasnt alone. my ex husband left me for a younger lady andy kids and i just.packed up and moved. since we have facbook now adays looking at his page devasted me but i kept moving forward. recently i found out that after a few month of being with new girlfriend he was regretful and had a hard time looking out pictures. we were married a solid 8 years. and my ex suffered an alcohol addiction which also added to our seperation as wellso this hits so close to home.


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    Mar 14th, 2017 3:09pm report

    I think when he say's "I can't look at you while I'm lying next to her" it is representative of addiction to booze/drugs and when she says "I called you last night at the hotel, everyone knows but they won't tell." It speaks to him indulging in his addiction. Also when she say's, "I can't look at you while I'm lying next to him." The "him" doesn't represent a man, but more god/jesus a cleaner lifestyle.


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    Feb 15th, 2017 2:08pm report

    Sad hearts. They love each other, and are acting in ways to move past their hurt. But love doesn't just go away.


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    Dec 28th, 2016 12:54pm report

    I think this song is about two neighbors having a long term affair. The male neighbor, Kid Rock, has been sleeping with Sheryl Crow's character while she is married to his best friend. Kid Rock had been the best man in the wedding, hence why she has a picture of him on her bedside table. People are starting to figure out their affair, so he goes to stay in a hotel for awhile to let things blow over. He tries sleeping with various girls (probably prostitutes- Kid Rock doesn't have that much game) to get over her, while she's still lying at home with her husband.

    Then there's a time skip. He's moved to a different town, but is stopping by to visit possibly old friends or family. They run into each other on the street - she's with her husband, his former best friend. An "old friend," even. They begin to become obsessed with each other again as the song ends, never to be together.


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    Sep 24th, 2015 9:25pm report

    I've felt like a bull God from shrooms and acid before. This song is about tripping


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    Dec 4th, 2014 12:59am report

    I had a love life before it was wonderful then it turn out to be the worst nightmare I ever had I give more than anything if I could put my first love' s picture away I can't do that I wish I could it hurts to much he was my life I wish I could not have a broken heart this is my interpretation


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    Jun 26th, 2011 6:11am report

    It's song about two people that really love each other, but life has torn them apart. They are now with someone else and still think of their true love, so they must move heaven and earth to reunite once and for all. I know cause I'm living tis song.


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    Nov 14th, 2009 11:52pm report

    I think it's about a couple that breaks up. Both try to forget about each other but still have their pictures. While in bed with other people, they face the picture down because "I can't look at you while I;m lying next to her/him. Then after realizing this is wrong, they both want to go back to each other. "I just called to say I love you. Come back home." This is just my interpretation, so I'm not saying it's right.


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    Feb 21st, 2008 2:41am report

    I think it's two love stories in one. It's a really good song, and the title Picture fits it perfectly.


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    Jul 10th, 2007 7:25am report

    Break-up song about a couple who want to get back together but he can't change his bad ways. And she's basically looking for him and waiting for him to change. They can't see each other's picture because it hurts them too much to know that they should be together but obstacles stand between them.


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    Feb 21st, 2006 2:36pm report

    This is a breakup song. There relationship has ended both there lives are so different now. The picture is bingmentioned because neither one of them can look at it because it hurts to much.


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    Jan 4th, 2006 1:33am report

    About a couple who is having a long distance relationship or one of the couples had to move away. So the only thing that they feel can keep them close together is a picture of them. They can look at that picture anytime they want when they are lonely.

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