"I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" as written by Sandi Thom and Ian Wellesley Brown....
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,
In '77 and '69, revolution was in the air,
I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care,
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,

When head of state didn't play guitar, not everybody drove a car,
When music really mattered and when radio was king,
When accountants didn't have control, and the media couldn't buy your soul,
And computers were still scary and we didn't know everything,

Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,
In '77 and '69, revolution was in the air,
I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care,
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,

When popstars still remained a myth, and ignorance could still be bliss,
And god save the queen, she turned a whiter shade of pale,
My mum and dad were in their teens and anarchy was still a dream,
And the only way to stay in touch was a letter in the mail,

Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,
In '77 and '69, revolution was in the air,
I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care,
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,

When record shops were still on top, and vinyl was all that they stocked,
And the super-info highway was still drifting out in space,
Kids were wearing hand me downs, and playing games meant kick around,
And footballers still had long hair and dirt across their face,

Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair,
In '77 and '69, revolution was in the air,
I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care,
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my
I was born too late, into a world that doesn't care,
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair.


Lyrics submitted by laurenhasissues

"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" as written by Sandi Thom Ian Brown

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) song meanings
Add your thoughts

73 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentJust about the most ludicrous lyrics I have ever heard! Where I came from (near London) people who had flowers in their hair and talked about peace and love were called hippies, that was 1967. Punk rock was about 10 years later when I was a teenager; they were supposed to be rude and offensive, some of the early punks used swastikas mostly to shock people but some were followers of neo-nazi movements definitely not peace and love. Anyway there was much more poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and a lot of unpleasantness of all kinds and the idea that there was some sort of golden age in the past ......... the only good bit of this song is not everyone had to have a car and if you did it was just to get from A to B not a status symbol.
    oldgiton May 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone who thinkgs that punk rock was just about hatred and nazism seriously needs to brush up on their music history...some of the most important punk bands' messages were about anti-racism and peace, same as the hippies ten years earlier. It's possible to combine two idealogies in one song without being contradictory.

    And yeah, decent song, would have been nice to be around with all that revolutionary spirit in the air.
    graphiaon June 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song makes a hell lot of sense and all of the "this song makes no sense"-people are probably the kind of dumb american (well, there are some in other countries too) teenagers that listen to music that doesn't anything at all and watch MTV bullshit like the Hills and Next and believe in that lifestyle.
    denixiaon March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol this song is pretty kool. punk rockers never had flowers in their hair but i think shes trying 2 say she wants to be a mix of things like a hippie and a punkrocker fighting 4 freedom n all that rubbish. the songs just catchy
    EMOSKEMMOKIDon May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair!

    just heard it on the radio... what a great song!
    So I'm not the only one who was born too late?!? very comforting :)
    LucyInTheSkyWithRHon May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are not rediculos because of the term "punk-rocker with flowers in my hair". She quotes both 69 and 77 (69 for the flowers and 77 for punk rocker). It's true many punks were rude, but for those where weren't just folowing a trend it was an anti-class and anti-modern scociety attidude that left them disalusioned by all that surounded them. If you'd had just come to the realisation that you're suroundings were bullshit and there's a whole lot wrong with scociety you'd be rude as well.

    What she's getting at is that is that there's no major social upheavals for the benifit of all man going on, that everybody's consuming rescourses at a higher rate for no good reason, that technology has over complicated life, that we're controled by the media and that we all worship the almighty dollar...

    ...And that's the rediculous part!
    This woman needs to turn off her TV, stop relying on it and the mass media for her view of the world and help out with any of the many many social movements that are currently going on in this world like the anti-iraq-war movement for example, or even organic-food movement, perhaps anti-globalisation? or maby just go buy her clothes from a 2nd hand shop. the thing is that there are just as many movements and revolutionaries today as there were 30 odd years ago, the only difference is that those who do not want their voice heard have ensured they get no airtime whatsoever (as aposed to not very much airtime).

    ...mind you, i'd rather see kiddies and people who aren't awear of the world they're living in enjoying a song like this than most of the other tripe that makes it onto TV/comercial radio
    Jebus_Christon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. "Punk rocker with flowers in my hair" is just a way of one expressing a desire for freedom and bohemia. Dont get all pedantic on Sandi.

    Johnny Walker on Radio 2 was playing this song, months ago.

    Sweet
    paulbrowneart.co.uk
    one who waitson May 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1969 was the first woodstock....mean anything??
    **CHILIS**on May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm afraid this is just a massive rip-off...
    GWNon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, though, alike to 'oldgit' I appreciate that she uses a total paradox in the main line in the song, which is quite annoying. I heard it months before it came out, and the impressive vocals struck me. Another thing that struck me, upon taking a closer look at the lyrics, was the contrived attempt to make herself seem alternative and progressive, when really, she's just taken thoughts that are in the head of any person who thinks the world isn't in too great a state politically and turned them into a fairly straight-talking song.
    Total mixed feelings, to be honest, jazzy, catchy tune and stunning voice with fairly well thought-out lyrics, but it's the try-hard tone of the song that makes it sound like a bad attempt at making music that says something, when really, she's just taken an idea and exploited it.
    Stoned Immaculateon June 08, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain