Paint by Numbers – lyrics

Be careful on that road at night
It gets darker than you know
You’ve got to weave between the trees
And I’ll just breathe and trace the high beams’ glow

Be careful at the woodpile
Stacked up shoulder-high
With all the axes, blades, I’m not afraid
But it feels like rain so let’s go inside

Baby, why not paint by numbers
Sound it out in primary colours
Build me a white picket fence for sitting on
Don’t you think it’s nice sometimes
To keep it all between the lines and
Stay right here, I won’t mind. No I won’t mind.

One flame to light the keyhole
One more to light the stove
Keep us both warm, I’ll sweep the floor
So we can dance before the shadows

You can patch the window screens
I’ll stock the shelves in tidy rows
There’ll be so much time to put up a line
Just right outside so we can hang our clothes

I haven’t felt so healthy since we came
so why don’t we stay
I’ll learn the names of all the flowers in the garden
We’ll pick a day when we’ll drive into town
For whole wheat flour and half a pound of white and brown sugar
And convert our solar power
So we can bake shortcakes and take long showers

Baby, why not paint by numbers
Sound it out in primary colours
Build me a white picket fence for sitting on
Don’t you think it’s nice sometimes
To keep it all between the lines and
Stay right here, I won’t mind. No I won’t mind.

Be careful with my heart because
It keeps cracking from the cold
So in love with you, fair, in open air
And I’m not scared, no I won’t fold

Be careful with the fire
In this sparking smoky air
Flames in our eyes, we’ve said our goodbyes
So let’s just hide ’til we’re forgotten out there

Let’s just hide ’til we’re forgotten, I won’t mind.
No I won’t mind. No I won’t mind.