If a picture paints a thousand words
Then why can't I paint you?
The words will never show
The you I've come to know
If a face could launch a thousand ships
Then where am I to go?
There's no one home but you
You're all that's left me too
And when my love for life is running dry
You come and pour yourself on me
If a man could be two places at one time
I'd be with you
Tomorrow and today
Beside you all the way
If the world should stop revolving
Spinning slowly down to die
I'd spend the end with you
And when the world was through
Then one by one the stars would all go out
Then you and I would simply fly away
Song & Lyrics Facts
Bread's song "If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words" was released in 1972 on the album Guitar Man. The band, which consisted of David Gates (vocals/guitar), Jimmy Griffin (vocals/guitar) and Robb Royer (bass/keyboards), wrote the lyrics for the track.
The song is an emotional ballad about love and longing, where a picture serves as a reminder of what could have been. The lyrics tell a story of two people who were once in love but can no longer be together, with the narrator wishing that he could look at a photograph and feel the same way again.