"Famous Flower of Manhattan" as written by and Timothy Seth Avett Scott Yancey Avett....
And I found a flower in a field
A field of cars and people
Rows of concrete, paint, and steel
Manhattan is where it grew

And I thought to cut it from its stem
And take it from the cracks
Between the bricks that it lay in
And save it from the city strife
Away from the city life

Then someone they whispered in my ear
A country girl can't be made out of anybody here
Don't touch it, it loves you not
Don’t touch it, it loves you not

Cause blue birds don't fly without their wings
And when we put them in a cage
the world can't hear them sing
So selfish when greed sets in
Possession, the king of sin

And people don't ever let you down
Forever find a way to kill
whatever life they've found
A heart beat and I want it too
Manhattan is where she grew

So I left and I let the flower be
And yesterday I saw the flower on cable TV
Much prettier than here with me
For all of the world to see
Much prettier than here with me


Lyrics submitted by Thrilliam, edited by oliviahh

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    General CommentRegina Spektor
    julian333on February 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, It makes me so happy to know its written about regina spektor :) SHES SO AMAZING

    and this song is so true
    musicoverdoseon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow does it have to do with Regina?? :) I am curious, if someone could tell me the story!
    speaksofton June 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDid not know that Regina wrote this, but I definitely think it is one of the most under-appreciated Avett Brothers' songs.
    evergettheurgeon October 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentand by "wrote this," i mean written about. .. oops :)
    evergettheurgeon October 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCause blue birds don't fly without their wings
    And when we put them in a cage
    the world can't hear them sing
    So selfish when greed sets in
    Possession, the king of sin

    Leaves me speechless every time.
    mlilly24on June 23, 2012   Link
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    General Comment“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
    Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
    So if you love a flower, let it be.
    Love is not about possession.
    Love is about appreciation.”


    ― Osho

    Just heard this quote today. I can't imagine the song isn't at least partly based off of it.
    adsfkahsdfon January 29, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about wanting something (a flower) or someone (a girl) very badly because you think that it'll be the best for both of you, but in the end having to realize that it isn't meant to be. You have to let go of this object that you feel so strongly about in order for it to have true happiness.
    TheLiberateron July 12, 2013   Link

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