"Dead Flowers" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Well when you're sitting there in your silk upholstered chair
Talkin' to some rich folk that you know
Well I hope you won't see me in my ragged company
Well, you know I could never be alone

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Well when you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
Ah, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the U.S. Mail
Say it with dead flowers in my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
No, I won't forget to put roses on your grave


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"Dead Flowers" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +5
    General CommentI could see how the "dead flowers" thing can be interpreted as junk use, though I don't think this song's about that.

    I think the song is about someone who thinks they're above you, treating you like shit at every turn, hence the " send me dead flowers in the morning, by the mail, at my wedding ", basically saying at every opportunity this person is sending an insult to the reciever. To send someone flowers is generally taken as a message of love, beauty and vitality, where to send someone "dead" flowers is a message of completely the opposite, one of disdain, negativity and contempt, and insult on the lower ebb of things.

    And the resolution of the song is in the lyric " and I wont forget to put roses on your grave ". Basically a way of saying " screw you " but with class. The writer is saying two things : He is going to outlive the subject and he's not going to lose his class and/or integrity and will still put "roses" on their grave.

    There's my 2c anyway. One of my all-time fav. stones tracks! :)
    gretsch54on March 23, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think it's about him being rejected by a girl who thinks she's better than him because she's rich & upperclass. & no matter how much she thinks she's better than him & sticks her nose up to him, he'll always care abt her, so he turns to heroin to take the pain away. :/
    hearts2asheson March 01, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentyeah i love this song. i can play it aswell. i always sing it bitterly, not on purpose. i think its like 'you can have a perfect life and ignore me. your lucky you dont have pain to numb by harming yourself'(heroin and casual sex). favorite part of the song is 'I'll be in my basement room
    With a needle and a spoon
    And another girl can take my pain away'.
    toomanyhumanson April 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is Keith Richard's "ode to heroin."

    "Little Susie" is a reference to the "brown-eyed susan" which is a metaphor for brown heroin, one of the more common forms of the opiate.

    "Roses" is yet another flower which has been used as a metaphor or "street slang" for many years to allude to heroin.



    "Dead Flowers" in general means "poppies which have been harvested and from which the opiate has been derived."

    The power of heroin to kill pain is legendary -including the emotional pain from a broken relationship.

    In the 1960's and 70's one way to deliver heroin was to place small amounts in a letter and use the US Postal System. Back then, before the days of technology to detect narcotics in the mail, and in the days when the American political system actually observed people's rights to 4th amendment privacy, heroin could be sent through the mail virtually risk-free to either the sender or the receiver.
    sirdonon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeeee haw!
    Muzzyon June 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am a city feller transplanted in Arkansas. I always thought it would be hilarious if a DJ would slip this song into the middle of a classic country set. It is so country-western, but with these drug laced sarcastic laconic words and un-middle-american images. It also reminds me of a friend who strangely use(s)(d) needles, loves women, lived some time in Kentucky, and loves horses/gambling. He is smart, funny and "gets it" but is a real puzzle with the Thanatos thing. I always think about John for a minute when I hear this song...It is probably about as good as any great country-western song and that is just a side-line for the Stones!
    coo2kachooon April 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOK Jumpy, maybe you are right. Keith Richards never really was a heroin user....that is all hype that he made up to help him sell his records. He never even drinks alocohol in real life. He drinks chocolate milk - I can prove it!

    Keith has lived in reality a very nerdy, somewhat introverted life, and would never dream doing the risky kinds of things most rock stars are known for... No way.

    Thats why this song is about after he gets dumped by a rich girl. She has the very best clothing - made of silk and so many other fine things in life - but all he has is his raggy clothes - so he goes down to his basement to lament his loss and fix up his clothes. Thats why he has a needle there - to do the sewing. And since Keith would never drink anything stronger than chocolate milk - he has a spoon there with him to mix up his nestle's quik while he is sewing his raggety clothing.

    Absolutely, Jumpy...this is definitely the REAL meaning of the song after all...
    sirdonon March 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just recently discovered this song, and my first impression was that the term "dead flowers" is something like a girl saying "s still care about you, but i not enough to be with you." a dead flower. a nice gesture, but worthless in the long run. thats why he says "ill be in my basement room, with a needle and a spoon, and another girl can take my pain away." my impression was that the whole thing was that a girl thought it wouldnt work because they are from different sides of the track, but she still loves him, just not enough to get by that fact.
    Squishigeon June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlways loved this song, and my ex-girlfriend's name was Flower which makes this song all the more sweeter.
    RAin_fULon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, just smiling in the face of all the people that piss you off.
    CeeJaion October 15, 2002   Link

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