Song Lyric Sunday: Pencil Full of Lead

Jim Adams is the host for SLS. This week’s theme: Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. The song should reference the prompt in the title or lyrics. If it doesn’t, please explain why you chose it.


Pencil Full of Lead by Paolo Nutini is a single from his appropriately named second album, Sunny Side Up. This song is three minutes of jazzy pop or poppy jazz with a video which should be seen as a warning to the anti-#metoo brigade.

But I prefer this version because to quote Kristi King on YouTube nothing beats “a Scot with an Italian name doing a Dixieland jazz-style song.”

Take it away, my bonnie wee cantante!

1, a 1 ,2 ,3, 4
I’ve got a sheet for my bed
And a pillow for my head
I’ve got a pencil full of lead
And some water for my throat
I’ve got buttons for my coat
And sails on my boat
So much more than I needed before
I got money in the metre and a two-bar heater
Now it’s getting hotter
Oh it’s only getting sweeter
I got legs on my chair and a head full of hair
Pot and a pan
And some shoes on my feet
I got a shelf full of books and most of my teeth
A few pairs of socks and a door with a lock
I got food in my belly and a license for my telly
And nothing’s gonna bring me down

Nothing’s gonna bring me down
I got a nice guitar and tyres on my car
I got most of the means and scripts for the scenes
I’m out and about, so I’m in with a shout
I got a fair bit of chat but better than that
Food in my belly and a license for my telly
And nothing’s going to bring me down
Nothing’s gonna bring me down

But best of all (best of all)
I’ve got my baby
But best of all (best of all)
I’ve got my baby
She’s mighty fine and says she’s all mine
And nothing’s going to bring me down

Best of all (best of all)
I’ve got my baby
Best of all (best of all)
I’ve got my baby
She’s mighty fine and says she’s all mine
And nothing’s going to bring me down
She’s mighty fine and says she’s all mine
And nothing’s going to bring me down
She’s mighty fine and says she’s all mine
And nothing’s going to bring me down
Not today… no, no

Songwriter: Paolo Giovanni Nutini
© Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd