"Children In Bloom" as written by Matthew Malley, Charles Gillingham, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Daniel John Vickrey and Ben Mize....
Children in bloom cooking in the sun
Waiting for a room of our own
Leave my sister alone
She don't deserve this
She is a flower and I am a flower and
We are all alone

I gotta get out on my own
I gotta get up from this waiting at home
I gotta get out of this sunlight
It's melting my bones
I gotta get up from this slumber and get myself home

All these wasted dreams
Waiting for the sun to open up my heart to anyone
Bring me some rain
Because I'm dying and I can't get this damn thing closed again

I gotta get out on my own
I gotta get up from this waiting at home
I gotta get out of this sunlight
It's melting my bones
I gotta get up from this slumber and get myself home

Where's the funhouse this year?
The fairground's deserted and the skies don't seem as near
Nicole's my oldest friend
But the altar is empty and she'll never be a little girl again

I gotta get out on my own
I gotta get up from this waiting at home
I gotta get out of this sunlight
It's melting my bones
I gotta get up from this slumber and get myself home
I can't find my way home



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"Children in Bloom" as written by Matthew Malley Daniel Vickrey

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    General CommentI can't believe no one's commented on this song yet...it's an incredibly beautiful piece of jangly rock n roll.

    The lyrics are semi-dark and pessimistic, right in line with the rest of RTS, but the line "Where's the funhouse this year?" seemed to capture perfectly the confusion of waking up one morning, being a teenager, and finding out that life wasn't the grand adventure you thought it would be as a kid.

    Perfect little slice of melancholy.
    blindmelonon July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI guess this song's just about growing up and losing the innocence of childhood. Counting Crows seem to write a lot of songs about this. It's just beautiful, nostalgia always is.

    I just love the way Duritz makes things so personal, looking back at specific things in his childhood. Things like the whole, 'leave my sister alone, because she don't deserve this.' I guess it's talking about how we grow up with our siblings and remember the things we used to do as kids together, and he's just telling time to leave her alone because she doesn't deserve to lose that innocence. I think the Nicold reference goes along the same lines. The picture I get is of an old friend, Nicole, who he hasn't seen in awhile and so still remembers her as a child. But now she's grown up, got married ('the altar is empty') and suddenly he kind of realises his childhood is gone. It's pretty sad stuff, very touching.
    shirvson June 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsounds like its written from the perspective of adam as a teenager/kid... and he's realising what adulthood is really about, and he's trying to grow up.... but then he'll remind the listener that he is just a kid again, with the childlike language and refferences.
    sambo28on May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYep, that's gotta be it. It's about growing up and seeking independence. The 'sunlight' is the easy dependency of the child's life. The 'rain' is the challenges of rites of passage - hard to bear, but life-giving.
    GotMeNowon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanyone get the reference to Nicole??
    goolizapon April 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess Nicole's his oldest friend. That's all I can offer.
    shirvson April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the bass in this song
    azkmon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, love the line, "All the skies don't seem as near". Beautiful.
    shirvson June 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think you kind of got it right shirvs. but i interpret it more as he wants to grow up and experience adult things (refer to "Round Here"), but at the same time he doesn't understand that once that happens, you can never go back and return to that innocence.
    ownedcoreon September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNicole is Adams sister. Its a song about having grown up and looking back missing your life and who you were and looking at yourself now thinking maybe youl never get yourself where you thought youd be. I also think there might be a bit about his sisters need to get out of an abusive relationship.
    Tim77on October 25, 2007   Link

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