On the whole, the remainder of Side 2 was originally a bit of a disppointment to me, having little if any of the trademark electric guitar stuff. With time, however, I have come to see much merit in these songs in their own right, not least for the gem quality of Richard Thompson’s voice of 1972, which was only ever heard on this LP.
Track 2 is “Painted Ladies” (3.31), a piece with which I could greatly identify in those days. It is a mournful lament on the joys and pains men find in womankind.
“They pass through your vision like thoughts in a dream
Your good times are slipping away
It’s time to move on or go down with the ship,
The painted ladies all say.”
Track 3 is “Cold Feet” (2.26), which has bit of a hoe-down feel to it.
“I’ve got cold feet, it’s a crazy chasing
When things get serious time is a wasting
I’d cross my fingers but they don’t seem to meet
There’s no need to tell me that I’ve got cold feet, a-ha-ha, ha-ha.”