"Asking For Flowers" as written by and Kathleen Margaret Edwards....
It's complicated
Technically I'm certified
A walking declaration
Of everything I couldn't get right
Time is just an anchor
But seven years I think I'm right
Now you've changed your number
It's like a noose around my life

Every pill I took in vain
Every meal for you I made
Every penny I put away

Asking for flowers
Is like asking you to be nice
Don't tell me you're too tired
Ten years I've been working nights

My life is like a picture left
Out too long in the sun
Now I'm trying to remember all
The faces of the names I've loved
And all that's left of me now is
A cigarette burning bright
And a fading memory of all the things
I tried to get right

Every pill I took in vain
Every meal for you I made
Every penny I put away

Asking for flowers
Is like asking you to be nice
Don't tell me you're too tired
10 years I've been working nights

Every pill I took in vain
Every meal for you I made
Every bill I went and paid
Every card I signed my name
Every time I poured my heart out
Every threat you made to move out
Every cruel word you let just slip out
Every cruel word you let just slip out


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"Asking for Flowers" as written by Kathleen Margaret Edwards

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song yet. This was the first Kathleen Edwards song I heard, and from the very beginning, it caught my attention. The chords are simple but played with something great, and I strongly suspect that her accent almost nearly makes this song. I love "time is just an anchor", "all that's left of me now is a cigarette burning bright", and "every cruel word you let just slip out." I also love the music for the pre-chorus, "Every pill...". So great.
    suchprettywordson January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is just too painful and beautiful... It's probably masochistic for me to even hear it.
    Technophobiaon June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAn interview in PrideSource indicates this song is about one of her friends (who happens to be a lesbian) and her failing relationship:

    "Well, ironically, one of my best friends is a lesbian, and 'Asking for Flowers' is written for her about a relationship for her that went down. And it's funny, 'cause people ask me about that song: 'Do you find it hard putting your marriage so publicly into a song?' And I always laugh, because I think, 'It's actually about a lesbian relationship.' Ya know, the best part about music is that I can write it (a song) about my heterosexual life but it totally crosses the border of all that stuff.

    My friend had really hit rock bottom. She was struggling with lots of other things besides the demise of a relationship. And her relationship was like asking for flowers. She elaborated in saying that she never got them, and you can't buy them for yourself. Someone has to wanna buy them for you."

    via: kathleenedwards.org/media/interv/…
    plarpcoon April 30, 2010   Link

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