I keep hearin' you're concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you're givin' me is conscience I guess
If I was walkin' in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none
While you 'n' your friends are worried about me I'm havin' lots of fun

[Chorus]
Countin' flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all
Playin' solitaire till 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, I'm havin' quite a time

[Chorus]

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]

Don't tell me I've nothin' to do



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"Flowers on the Wall" as written by Lewis Dewitt

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  • +3
    General Comment:anyone who knows much about the statlers know that they are from staunton virginia, which is the home of western state mental hospital. this song is about lew dewitt's time spent in that mental facility.
    jco448on August 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Agoraphobia. The song is upbeat and happy. He doesn't sing it in a sarcastic tone. It makes a lot of sense. See a bigger post under the Eric Heatherly remake lyrics. (Same thing, sung by a different guy)
    Flashwcon September 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Such a fun song :D
    niennaon July 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:to me, this song is just about a guy living life how he wants to by doing not much at all. other people start giving him grief about it, and trying to get him to change and this is the song about how perfectly happy he is.

    i can most certainly relate to that.
    St.Razoolon December 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Playin' solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one" One of my all-time favorite lyrics.
    ratanxon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i agree with goodreverend.
    I think that the song is very sarcastic, which is blatantly indicated by the chorus.
    In essence, he's saying: I'm not alright.
    But whether he's saying to F off or that he misses the person is unclear...
    mu84on May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:He's pretty much saying, "I'd rather be at home doin' nothing that be here with you." lmao... one of the best songs I've ever heard. (: Amazing, really... But I liked the way the Eric Heatherly cover sounded more than the statler brothers one.
    vaingloriousgirlon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't think it's depressing at all. It's just about some slacker who's perfectly fine sitting at home all day doing nothing.
    I used to have a girlfriend who didn't speak English very well. She heard the song and asked me to explain the lyrics. 'Captain Kangaroo' was the hardest concept to translate.
    czolgolzon October 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:Huh, well, my idea is a little out of the box compared to all of yours: I think it's about someone who's been done wrong by a group of people (they don't have to be friends, just bullies of the singer's past), and after a long time of not speaking to one another, the people who hurt them are trying to make ammends for it and apologize, but the singer doesn't want to accept their sorries; they want to remain mad at them and have things stay the way they are. Hear me out before you disagree! In the verses:

    "I keep hearin' you're concerned about my happiness
    But all that thought you're givin' me is conscience I guess
    If I was walkin' in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none
    While you 'n' your friends are worried about me I'm havin' lots of fun"

    The singer is saying that whatever's done is done and the people who've done them wrong should just move on and stop dweling on their mistakes because the singer doesn't even understand why at this point the people who've done them wrong are even trying to apologize. Then in:

    "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"

    Here the singer could be asking the people to stop hassling them because they've been "forgiven" and then they're offering an example that they've been okay, even though it's more of a sarcastic dig to get the people to see that they've really messed up and won't be forgiven ever. The singer is saying that they have already done enough and should let sleeping dogs lie. After this, the lines:

    "It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
    Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light"

    The singer is expressing that they're feeling upset and don't want to hear anymore apologies because all it does is open more wounds that aren't going to mend. What's more, they're describing the people as 'ligth that's too bright for comfort'; too many unhappy memories are piling up and now the singer just wants to be alone. Finally we have the chorus:

    "Countin' flowers on the wall
    That don't bother me at all
    Playin' solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
    Smokin' cigarettes and watchin' Captain Kangaroo
    Now don't tell me I've nothin' to do"

    The singer is telling them about a solitary life in which they have no friends to be with, that they are entirely alone and have grown to like it more than tehy would have if given the chance to have a social life.

    And basically that's it, I know it's kind of weird and depressing, but it CAN make sense in a way!
    feedapollyonon May 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Three years later: I still think it's a bitter, sarcastic song. "Yeah, I'm doing GREAT without you. Look at all the fun I'm havin'! FUCK YOU."

    :)
    goodreverendon June 03, 2009   Link

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