Counting Flowers On The Wall

Excerpt from “Palm Sunday”

“‘I keep hearin’ your concern about my happiness

All that thought you’ve given me is, conscience I guess

If I were walkin’ in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry none

While you and your friends are worryin’ ’bout me

I’m havin’ lots of fun

Countin’ flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all

Playin’ solitaire ’til 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, havin’ quite a time

Countin’ flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all

Playin’ solitaire ’til 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 ’til 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’

SONGWRITERS

DEWITT, LEWIS

PUBLISHED BY

LYRICS © WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC, INC.

‘This was written by Lew Dewitt, the only one of the four Statler Brothers to be divorced.It is not a poem of escape or rebirth. It is a poem about the end of man’s usefulness….

The man counting flowers on the all has no appreciable utility anymore. He probably wasn’t good in earning money even when he was in his prime. What is he waiting for?

For an angel to knock on his door. Angels love anyone who has simply been alive.'”

– Kurt Vonnegut “Flowers On The Wall” as collected in his book Palm Sunday.

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