Here we stand
Like an Adam and an Eve
The Garden of Eden
Two fools in love
So beautiful and strong
The birds in the trees
Are smiling upon them
From 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 got something for dinner
We got it, we got it

There was a shopping mall
Now it's all covered with flowers
You've got it, you've got it

If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower
You've got it, you've got it

Years ago
I was an angry young man
And I'd pretend
That I was a billboard
Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a 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 highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
You've got it, you've got it

This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
You got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,
Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
You got it, you got it

And as things fell apart
Nobody paid 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've got it, you've got it

Don't leave me stranded 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 CommentI think a lot of people here are trying to project what they want the song to be about, rather than putting what it actually seems to be saying.

    To me, it's obviously about the irony of enviromentalist culture; that the kinda people who sit complaining about consumerism do so in starbucks.

    If you reverse the song, had it talking about a beautiful river or something rather than a highway, that section of the song would be classed as "moving" rather than humerous; what's the difference in finding beauty in nature and finding beauty in human development?

    But, no, I don't think he's being anti-enviromentalist. Just pointing out the fact that there's no way back to a hunter gatherer society, so stop moaning and being all romantic about the "good old days" and just do the best with what we've got.

    It's called evolution. Society evolves in the same way that nature does. Everything is industrialised because that's what we wanted. Now we need to find a way to balance meeting our needs and not destroying our planet. Too much focus on preserving the natural enviroment, and we wouldn't be able to cope, and miss out on the kinds of scientific developments that save lives. Too much focus on satisfying human needs and not enough on preserving the enviroment, and we'll live in a barron, smoggy wasteground.
    wic76on January 03, 2010   Link

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