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

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

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

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

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

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


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"Flowers on the Wall [From Pulp Fiction]" as written by Lewis Dewitt

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  • +4
    General Commentanyone 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
  • +2
    General CommentAgoraphobia. 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
  • +2
    General CommentIt's such a clever song. The guy is in denial. He has secluded himself in his dark room and his life boils down to insomnia, watching children's programs, smoking, and playing solitaire, but he's obviously not playing with a full deck ("deck of 51"). People keep trying to get him out in the real world and he resists.

    The tune reflects his inner turmoil: the verses are all very chipper and upbeat, with the singer telling you how great he is. But then the chorus kicks in with that ominous drum as he tells you exactly what he does by himself, hinting that something is not quite right.

    I used to think this song was about a person who didn't realize he was crazy, but the older I get the more I think he just doesn't know how to be okay anymore. This routine is the only coping mechanism he knows and over time it has become normal to him.

    Overall it's a masterclass in songwriting.

    Notes:
    - counting flowers the wall = bored and obsessive
    - playing solitaire till dawn = alone by himself and not sleeping
    - deck of 51 = not playing with a full deck
    - Captain Kangaroo = a children's show
    - last night I put on tails, pretended I was on the town = living in a fantasy world
    - eyes not accustomed to this light = always dark where he's at
    - my feet are not used to this hard concrete = he's used to a padded room (like in a mental institution)

    (Oh yeah, and the title reminds me of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" where the wallpaper makes the main character crazy.)
    Mendalusa77on March 12, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a fun song :D
    niennaon July 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it’s about a guy who has been rejected or broke up with his loved one and has shunned himself from everyday life, playing solitaire,smoking,staring at the wallpaper, and watching kiddie shows. He also assures his concerned acquaintances that he is “really doing fine”. In the lines: “It’s good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright” he is basically saying that he’s upset and whatever’s done is done and telling whoever did him wrong to stop apologizing and go on with their lives, whereas, the singer, will be scarred for life by his rejection, break up, or just his past social life.
    Domizz0on October 03, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto 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 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti 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 CommentHe'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 CommentI 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

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