"Carnation" as written by and Paul John Weller....
If you gave me a fresh carnation
I would only crush its tender petals
With me you'll have no escape
And at the same time there'll be nowhere to settle -
I trample down all life in my wake
I eat it up and take the cake
I just avert my eyes to the pain
Of someone's loss helping my gain
If you gave me a dream for my pocket
You'd be plugging in the wrong socket
With me there's no room for the future
With me there's no room with a view at all -
I am out of season all year 'round
Hear machinery roar to my empty sound
Touch my heart and feel winter
Hold my hand and be doomed forever -

If you gave me a fresh carnation
I would only crush its tender petals
With me you'll have no escape
And at the same time there'll be nowhere to settle.
And if you're wondering by now who I am
Look no further than the mirror -
Because I am the Greed and Fear
And every ounce of Hate in you.

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"Carnation" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General Commentlovely song where the keyboard actually works and adds to the sombre mood of the song
    sivillaon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about every fucking creep in this world, and there are more than you can count.
    epiwooshon July 15, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionThis is a song about Margaret Thatcher and the cruel ideology of the capitalism she represented in 80s Britain. There is supposedly a picture of her holding a carnation somewhere given to her by a child but I haven't seen it.
    andytronon September 06, 2015   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone agree that at certain times in your life, situations, styles, relationships, business etc that certain tracks can define it ?
    Right now via Youtube, a link appeared on my browser [one of a kind] youtube.com/… THE JAM & CO - 'CARNATION'

    Some of my favourite artists of all time, Weller, Minchella, Craddock, Steve White and the Gallagher Brothers.

    This has just typified for me, negativity and the worst of civilised society. I do not believe that you get far in this world with typical characteristics listed throughout the lyrics sung,

    Infact, I have seen the complete opposite of people prosper in the Beautiful country of Indonesia and prominently on the Island of Bali,

    Bali, where a salvation for commercialism, dominance, ego maniacs, greed and negativity is 'put into place' daily via the constant scatterings of 'offerings' to the Hindu Gods in the shape of various fresh flower petals, together with simple gifts such as an egg, cigarette or commonly, Indonesian coins,

    Thank you Paul Weller for writing and making this track, off the top of the head, only 'the Smiths' have matched lyrics and music so effortlessly,

    Plus, this track right now has only 'realigned my focus, vision and all'

    HatterBazon September 15, 2014   Link

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