"Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky" as written by and Bradfield/edwards/jones/moore....
You have your very own number
They dress your cage in its nature
Once you roared now you just grunt lame
Pace around pathetic pound games

want to get out won't miss you sensaround
To carry your own dead to swing your tyre tricks
want to get out in here you're bred dead quick
For the outside
The small black flowers that grow in the sky

They drag sticks along your walls
Harvest your ovaries dead mothers crawl
Here comes warden, Christ, temple, elders
Environment not yours you see through it all

want to get out won't miss you sensaround
Carry your own dead to swing your tyre tricks
want to get out in here you're bred dead quick
For the outside
The small black flowers that grow in the sky

Here chewing your tail is joy


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"Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General CommentIt's actually explicitly about zoo animals and the way they react to their conditions. It was written after Nicky and Richey watched a documentary about this subject.

    Any attempt to relate it to human life is purely coincidental (but probably very apt).
    mytwojakeson May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is despair.

    beautiful.
    greenplasticon April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is beautiful. we are born in cages, and trapped in our own bodies. we are 'bred dead' as soon as we are born, taught to be submissive to life.
    ladyboygrrlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo those in charge, we're just a number, and we're trapped in the invisible cage they've built around us. They harvest us and use us; we have no real rights. It's really self explanotory as to meaning, and is another stab at Capitalist society.

    "Here chewing your tail is joy"... like a pig in a farm would do.
    MercyKilleron May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHeh. Oops. I guess that makes sense, though I still think, even if it's not the intended meaning, that it can easily be used as a reference to human society/life.
    MercyKilleron June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that Richey probably saw te documentary, and wrote this lyric, comparing himself to lion.

    "Once you roared now you just grunt lame"
    Songmeaningsuseron March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful. "wanna get out, in here you're bred dead quick". will anyone ever beat Richey's beautiful, touching and scarily real lyrics? i think not
    godsendconspiratoron March 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeh i agree, i love that line too.. and yeah the song's about an animal born in captivity in a zoo. but i guess it could be applied to humans too
    Cherub Rockon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFunnily enough the first verse fits very well to The Matrix.

    "You have your very own number"

    You're just another component in the system - nothing more than 'another number' to the machines

    "They dress your cage in it's nature"

    Those trapped in the Matrix see an environment that they see their own - that of 20th century Earth, yet they are still caged here by their oppressors. It's all an illusion.

    "Once you roared now you just grunt lame"
    Before the machines came the human race ruled the earth. Now they are condemned to simply imititate everyday life

    "Pace around pathetic pound games"

    The main activity in most people's lifes - making money. In a capitalist society it's necessary for survival, whether you get it through work or dole payments. But in the Matrix it is just a game - nothing actually matters because nothing is real
    Geek UKon October 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou've got some fucking cheek comparing this to the matrix.
    This is the epitomy of despair, one of the most beautiful things the manics have ever done- and without a single guitar.
    my nothingon November 19, 2004   Link

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