"Lady Of The Flowers" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Robert Schultzberg....
'Scuse me
I apologize
He likes your attitude
He tries it on for size
He spends the afternoon
Between your thighs
How's that for gratitude
I apologize

It seemed to last for hours
It seemed to last for days
This lady of the flowers
And her hypnotic gaze

'Scuse me
I apologize
She's got vacuum cleaner eyes
That Sucks You In
She's got magazines
Filled with pear pies
'Scuse me
I apologize

It seemed to last for hours
It seemed to last for days
This lady of the flowers
And her hypnotic gaze

She wears her tears on her blouse
Confused and racked with self-doubt
She stole the keys to my house
And then she locked herself out

'Scuse me
I apologize
He likes your attitude
He tries it on for size
He spends the afternoon
Between your thighs
How's that for gratitude
I apologize

It seemed to last for hours
It seemed to last for days
This lady of the flowers
Her electronic haze

She wears her tears on her blouse
Confused and racked with self doubt
She stole the keys to my house
And then she locked herself out

She stole the keys to my house
And then she locked herself out

She lays me down
She lays me


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"Lady of the Flowers" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    General CommentA bit of input..."Our Lady Of The Flowers" was a book by Jean Genet (the Jean Genie!)
    Chloe le Fayon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI read an aricle where mr molko said the song was about a transvestite. I don't know if it's ture, or just his sense of humour. Anyway it's a beautiful song.
    palefacedon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitely one of the most imaginative Placebo songs, I think it's the best. The song feels so dreamy and full of emotional lunacy. Pure beauty this is.
    Achilles_Libertineon March 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmakes me think of love, sex, and mixed up emotions.
    ladyboygrrlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentactually thinking about it.....it does kinda sound like a transvestite. "confused and wracked with self-doubt" and also the way that the pronoun changes from he to she to he
    ladyboygrrlon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I hear this song I always think of my crush, and her unappreciative partner spending his time with her. "He spends the afternoon between her thighs"
    Nervosa00on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought this has to do with Opium? Flowers=poppies etc..."It seemed to last for hours
    It seemed to last for days
    This lady of the flowers
    and her hypnotic gaze"
    modernmonkeyon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentshe's got vacuum cleaner eyes
    suck you in.


    for me: all the irrationalities and desperate raw needs she creates for herself in her imagination.

    she wears her tears on her blouse...
    she stole the keys to my house
    and then she locked herself out.

    she's doing it all to herself, but she can't help it.
    (vicious cycles?)
    empty.lightnesson February 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm listening to this song right now...it's so beautiful...Brian Molko is so talented...
    fairyriotgrrrlon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese refernces sound very domestic,

    ''Scuse me, I apologize
    she's got vacum cleaner eyes
    suck you in
    she's got magazines, filled with pear pies'

    Perhpas this song is about a lonely housewife whose husband does not respect her,

    'he spends the afternoon, between your thighs
    how's that for gratitude'

    But likes her 'attitude' because she stays in all day reading cookery magazines and vaccuming. 'Blouse' strikes me as a very 1950s word, and the entire song smacks somewhat of "white picket fence"
    stereotyped perfection.

    The 'electronic haze' and 'seemed to last for hours, seemed to last for days' could either be referring to drudgery and monotony of her life, or could be a reference to some sort of anti-depressant drug.

    The repetition of 'I apologize' makes it sound as though somebody is telling her she could do more with her life, and trying not to offend her. This song could be an attack on stereottypes within society and how we should not allow ourselves to fall into them or judge other people in this way.
    Scandion April 15, 2005   Link

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