I keep hearin' your concern about my happiness
But all that thought you've given me is, conscience I guess
If I were walkin' in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none
While you and your friends are worryin''bout me, I'm havin' lots of fun

[Chorus]
Countin' flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all
Playin' solitaire 'til dawn, with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin' cigarettes and watchin' Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me
I've nothin' to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it's hard to slow this swinger down
So please don't give a thought to me, I'm really doin' fine
You can always find me here and havin' quite a time

It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway, my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

[Chorus]



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"Flowers on the Wall" as written by Lewis Dewitt

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  • +2
    General Comment:People are trying to read way to much into this song. It's just a guy who's girl/wife left him & now he's depressed but trying to hide it from his ex.
    ghostwatchon May 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:.....I think it's actually about a guy saddened by a woman leaving him, but he doesn't want her to know and pretends to be all good and chippy but looks bad
    "I know I look a fright"
    it's so cheery yet the lyrics are of depression,

    "I'm not accustomed to this light"

    and he is also sad that he cannot go out to town

    "Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town.
    As long as I can dream, it's hard to slow this swinger down"

    but it's a ok....
    invisibleman54on June 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:InkTits, not every song we hear is about drugs
    MetallicaToTheEndon July 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:well i take the song literally just a guy who doesn't want to see a woman and doing everything else to avoid it
    mrkoolnerdon December 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Lezgurl you are right it is about a scizophrenic stuck on a binge in his room you can read about it anywhere online. An old scizophrenic friend of mine used to sing it all the time when he'd go ooff his meds that's how we knew he was off of them :)
    jepie30on January 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song pretty much means that he'd rather stay at home doing nothing than spend time with the person he's singing to. (: Amazing song. I love it.
    vaingloriousgirlon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Anyone ever heard of agoraphobia?

    "You can always find me here, having quite a time"
    never leaves the house

    "Well, it's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright"
    Would make a lot of sense if he met this person outside his house...

    "Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light.
    And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete"
    I could understand the light for a junkie, but the shoes?

    Seems like the guy never leaves his room - hotel room or otherwise. It seems like he really doesn't like the outside and even fears it (as he actually states he looks scared).

    That's just my explanation as to why he never leaves the house.. it is actually about an isolated man.
    "The song is a blackly humorous account of a strange man's isolated lifestyle and how he passes the time alone - including counting the number of flower patterns on the wallpaper"
    So apparently it is literal.
    Flashwcon September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:InkTit, when trying to decipher the meaning of lyrics, it might help to look at the song as a whole instead of one line. Nothing else in the song suggests drugs at all.
    Flashwcon September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:.....Flashwc, I never though of agoraphobia, which is a pretty good idea of it's meaning, my only thought is that "not accustomed to this light" would indicate that this is not a life he's led, and the same with "shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete" which is just as evident as the eyes, but I can see agoraphobia, I don't think he's (the singer/character) is "completely" isolated, as he is talking to someone, and the person shows concern or curiousity for at least asking him how he is and such, anyhow, that's that....
    invisibleman54on September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:A friend told me this song is about masturbation, but I don't really agree. More likely it's just about doing nothing and wasting time, plain and simple, which I think almost any person can relate to. Maybe the hero of the song is a guy who is going through a particularly troubling (or just boring) part of his life, and it's driving him a little crazy. It's just about pointless activity, filling the hours and being in a weird state of peace with the process.
    captainkangarooon January 11, 2008   Link

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