Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum, Dodging lions and wastin' time. When I paint my masterpiece. You could almost think that you're seeing double, On the cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs. D a d a e (no chord) a d a Oh, the hours we spent, inside the coliseum. The story is that when the Republic of Rome was under attack from the Gauls in 390BC (which is to say in the fabled origins of the Republic, long before the days of the Empire) Rome seemed about to fall and the Romans were besieged. A D A She promised she'd be there with me, E A When I paint my masterpiece. When I paint my masterpiece. Lyrics to "When I Paint My Masterpiece" by THE BAND: Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble, / Ancient footprints are everywhere. Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see 'em, Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb. Got to hurry on back to my hotel room Where I've got me a date with Botticelli's niece She promised that she'd be right there with me When I paint my masterpiece Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum Dodging lions and wastin' time Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see 'em Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble Ancient footprints are everywhere You can almost think that you're seeing double On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs Gotta hurry on back to my hotel room Where I got me a date with a Botticelli's niece. The Lyrics for When I Paint My Masterpiece by The Band have been translated into 1 languages Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble, ancient footprints are everywhere. Lyrics to "When I Paint My Masterpiece" on Lyrics.com. Got to hurry on back to my hotel room Where I’ve got me a date with Botticelli’s niece She promised that she’d be right there with me When I paint my masterpiece Oh, the hours I’ve spent inside the Coliseum Dodging lions and wastin’ time Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see ’em D A D A E (no chord) A D A Oh, the hours we spent, inside the Coliseum. E a Dodging lions, and a-wasting time, D a d a Oh those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see'em E a Yes it sure has been a long, hard drive. / You could almost think that your seeing double, / On the cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs. BAND When I Paint My Masterpiece Lyrics. She promised that she'd be right there with me When I paint my masterpiece. The Band. She promised she'd be there with me, When I paint my masterpiece. Train wheels runnin' through the back of my memory, When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese. Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum, Dodging lions and wastin' time. E A Dodging lions, and a-wasting time, D A D A oh those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see'em E A Yes it sure has been a long, hard drive. / Gotta hurry on back to my hotel room, / Where I … When I paint my masterpiece The geese story is, I think, not quite understood in every review of this song. Oh, the hours we spent, inside the Coliseum. Got to hurry on back to my hotel room, Where I've got me a date with Botticelli's niece. When I paint my masterpiece Oh, the hours we'd spent inside the Coliseum Dodging lions and a-wasting time Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle I could hardly stand to see 'em Yes, it sure has been a long, hard drive Train wheels are running through the back of my memory When I ran … E a Train wheels a-running thru the back of my … Gotta hurry on back to my hotel room, Where I got me a date with a pretty little girl from Greece.