"(Nothing But) Flowers" as written by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Yves N'jock....
Here we stand
Like Adam and an Eve
Waterfall
Garden of Eden

Two fools in love
So beautiful and strong
The birds in the trees
Are smiling upon them

Since the age of the dinosaurs,
Cars have run on gasoline.
Where, where have they gone now?
It's nothing but flowers

There was a factory,
Now there are mountains and rivers
You got it, you got it
We caught a rattlesnake,
Now we've got something for dinner
You got it, you got it
This was a shopping mall,
Now it's all covered with flowers
You got it, you got it
If this is paradise,
I wish I had a lawnmower
You got it, you got it

Years ago
I was an angrier man
I pretend
I was a billboard

Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With the beautiful highway

This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town now?
It's nothing but flowers

The highway's cars
All sacrificed for agriculture
Guess we thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots,
Now it's a peaceful oasis
You got it, you got it
This was a pizza hut,
Now it's all covered in daisies
You got it, you got it
I miss the "Honky-Tonks"
Dairy Queens and 7-11s
You got it, you got it
And as these fell apart,
Nobody gave much attention
You got it, you got it

I dream of cherry pies,
Candy bars and chocolate chip cookies
You got it, you got it
We used to microwave,
Now we just eat nuts and berries
You got it, you got it
This was a discount store,
Now it's turned into a cornfield
You got it, you got it
Don't leave me standing here,
I can't get used to this lifestyle


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"(Nothing But) Flowers" as written by David Byrne

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    General Commentit's "I can't get used to this lifestyle" the very last line, that is. I saw guster play this at bonnaroo this summer and also in cleveland, and I love it. I think this song is kind of a devolution and the person just doesn't want to adapt. oh, and it's a talking heads cover.
    genie1021on July 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have to move constantly and once in a while I get really attached to a place and then I move so the line I can't get used to this lifestyle is something I can really relate to. I can relate to a lot of songs Guster performs. That's why I love them so much.
    gusterswonderfulon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat cover of Talking Heads. The line with all the question marks is. "Since the age of the dinosaurs, cars have run on gasoline." It's essentially about de-evolution.
    diggit18on December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat cover of Talking Heads. The line with all the question marks is. "Since the age of the dinosaurs, cars have run on gasoline." It's essentially about de-evolution.
    diggit18on December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me want to go to a tropical island and dance. i like to think it's talking about those Hostess Cherry Pies in the little packages.
    getchoo uh-huhon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it takes my mind away from things. I'm not all that sure of what the song is about but i know i enjoy it.

    does anyone have an opinion of what it might be about?¿
    Amber Bon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSee the page on the Talking Heads for more info, but I see it as pretty sarcastic. Like, the singer takes the other side of the argument to make his point. On the surface, even though it appears he would rather have factories and dairy queens, he's actually an environmentalist. I guess you'd call it irony? Plus it does show how we're gonna feel when our own excessive way of life ends: memories of microwaves, cars, and discount stores.

    Deeper, I think it could be about a woman he loved and lost. they built up their relationship, but it wasn't sustainable and it fell apart, or as diggit said, de-evolved.
    trippinbtmon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe irony of this song is especially rich when Guster does it, since they're big environmentalists and Adam Gardner and his wife founded Reverb and everything.

    Random semi-relevant story: While I was driving up to a Guster show with a friend, the Counting Crows cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" came on the radio. My friend started talking about how there's some song that's kind of the opposite: instead of "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot," all the construction, etc. has been torn down and reverted back to nature. I had no idea what she was talking about and figured she was just being weird. And then Guster played this song.
    gravity_defianton March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo.. was this song originally by Talking Heads? Or Guster? I've been confused about that...
    anyway I love this one and I think they're trying to make fun of how pathetic some people have become in this day and age - so dependent on material luxuries and being so wasteful. Maybe Guster was trying to inspire a more back-to-basics approach to life
    summerlover0092on June 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis was originally talking heads, many years ago (to answer the last poster).

    The way I interpret this song is actually along the lines of "be careful what you wish for".

    It starts with your typical person with good intentions, trying to get away from the evils of industrialization and technology ... but once the wish is granted and they are returned to "paradise" (Adam and Eve reference), they begin to realize that it sucks.

    They have to catch their own dinner, and in this case, it's a (deadly) rattlesnake.

    "I miss the Honky-Tonks Dairy Queens and 7-11s"
    "I wish I had a lawn mower"
    "I dream of cherry pies, Candy bars and chocolate chip cookies"
    "Don't leave me standing here, I can't get used to this lifestyle"

    All signs of a person realizing they miss and want the luxuries they once had and lost.

    The other potential interpretation is that this is some post-fallout scenario, since back when the Talking Heads wrote this, the Cold War was still on people's minds.
    Heljon February 20, 2009   Link

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