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Talking Heads — (Nothing But) Flowers
Album: Naked
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 2427









Released: 1988
Length: 5:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Here we stand
Like an Adam and an Eve
Waterfalls
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
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 got it, you 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 got it, you got it

Don't leave me stranded here
I can't get used to this lifestyle
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 sfoster66 wrote:
Not sure what happened but this song has managed to creep up on me for years...was nothing for the longest time and now I can't help but to turn it up...perspective maybe...
 
Same here, I'm at a 9 on this one, based on my interpretation of the meaning of the song, which seems to be that "the grass ain't always greener on the other side" - Long Live RP!!
Johnny Marr contributes the riff here...just saw him in concert last month...not to be missed
Rating to me stays at 7 not more
Not sure what happened but this song has managed to creep up on me for years...was nothing for the longest time and now I can't help but to turn it up...perspective maybe...
Turning it up to ELEVEN as I'm twirlin' in the kitchen.
Mister Byrne is one of the first westerners to master Highlife guitar. Just makes you want to get up and move...!
I'm not a huge fan of Talking Heads, but I sure like this song....a lot.
Great lyrics with a funky beat, what's not to like. Wish DB had played this at Merriweather Post last week.
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Roflol}{#Music}

Brilliant song. One of my all time favorites.

The ingenious lyrics are a reason te be cheerful!!

A big contribution to this song is also the guitar of Johnny Marr


This album marked the end of "Talking Heads" for me. I never saw it as a TH album - really a Byrne album with the bands backing.  This path was not my vibe at all...
It's rare I make this general assertion, but Guster's cover is better. {#Surprised} Far more pleasing to the ears than TH warbling vocals.
My headache has gone, great song. {#Yes}
Gets better with age.
Because i love the Talking Heads {#Heartkiss}
It's too bad that I don't like the T-Heads,cause they're played A LOT!
"Don't leave me stranded here - I can't get used to this lifestyle!"  Words to live by.
Great series of songs!  First, Big Daddy doing "Once In A Lifetime" and now another Talking Heads, but this time the original!!
While we're in this post apocalypse theme - one of my favorites is "King of the World" by Steely Dan. Fantastic guitar work.

While David Byrne see nothing but flowers, Becker/Fagan see none - "No marigolds in the promised land. There's a hole in the ground where they used to grow".
 coloradojohn wrote:
Fun little ditty in a diverse post-apocalyptic set this morning. "—And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention" kind of sums it up, doesn't it? The Fukushima Meltdown and its ongoing leakage may prove fatal enough; another earthquake there will spill The End.

 
He said Fuku shima

I love how this still reminds me of my first time to Bali, Christmas of '88, driving the winding jungle roads from Kuta all the way up to Lovina with my British mate Mike, with this tape — which we'd just bought for a dollar at the market in DenPasar, jamming all the way.
 sirrus wrote:
I'm finishing up David's book How Music Works and he provides some fascinating insight into how the lyrics came about for this song (along with the process' for a bunch of TH albums).

It's an eye-opening read and I highly recommend it. I would also recommend purchasing it on Amazon.com using RP's link to help give a bit back here!

 
+1 - I'm just finishing it too - fascinating book.
Yes!
Finally!  A Talking Heads song that I kind of like!
I'm finishing up David's book How Music Works and he provides some fascinating insight into how the lyrics came about for this song (along with the process' for a bunch of TH albums).

It's an eye-opening read and I highly recommend it. I would also recommend purchasing it on Amazon.com using RP's link to help give a bit back here!
 Chrislee523 wrote:
Simply beautiful segue from Big Daddy's cover of Once In A Lifetime.

 
much needed and appreciated segue.
Simply beautiful segue from Big Daddy's cover of Once In A Lifetime.
much better
Fun little ditty in a diverse post-apocalyptic set this morning. "—And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention" kind of sums it up, doesn't it? The Fukushima Meltdown and its ongoing leakage may prove fatal enough; another earthquake there will spill The End.
 thediceareloaded wrote:

You do know the meaning of "to me"?
 

 

Around here musical taste is an absolute.


Muzak for tragic heroes
Ambient: peace aheaad
                                                        
Nice work, Mr Byrne. I wish your latest efforts would also bring musical pleasure to the masses...?

Maybe you'll also send flowers to Bill and Rebecca to say sorry? 
 willmcnaught wrote:

7.4 average hmm maybe glitch is elsewhere {#Lol}

 
You do know the meaning of "to me"?
 
 thediceareloaded wrote:
This song to me is a glitch in Bills Matrix.....

 
7.4 average hmm maybe glitch is elsewhere {#Lol}
This song to me is a glitch in Bills Matrix.....
Magic wand
Naked truth.
 bendame wrote:

Come on. It's David Byrne.. One of the few meaningfull american artists around.

 joempie wrote:
That's an insult to people like Lou Reed, Elliott smith etc :) Seriously, I hope RP will stop playing so much TH one day. Completely overrepresented here, and one of the few reasons for me to regularly switch to another channel...
 
Neither Lou Reed nor Elliot Smith are "around" anymore, so they're probably not subject to being insulted.
I just love Fridays !!!!
 afrixluvguy wrote:
In the early '90s I played this song over and over, not able to get over how African it sounded! It still does, in a Congolese-rhumba way...

 
I will take your word for it, but I don't have to work that hard to do so! {#Bananajam}

One of my fave late TH songs. If David Byrne works with the right people (see: Brian Eno), he's still capable of great work. 
I just can't stand the sound of his voice {#Silenced}
 ljoergen wrote:
Me likey like, very much!
{#Yes} 

 
Still waiting for the monkey's turn at the mike...{#Cheesygrin}
Me likey like, very much!
{#Yes} 
Pure genius. I got it, I got it :)
 joempie wrote:

That's an insult to people like Lou Reed, Elliott smith etc :) Seriously, I hope RP will stop playing so much TH one day. Completely overrepresented here, and one of the few reasons for me to regularly switch to another channel...

 
Well, one day this may happen, for a day or so, but I hope not. Why anyone dislikes David Byrne, or this specific song, I cannot understand. Musically it's great and the lyrics are intelligent and humorous. If not more TH, at least as much as at present!
 bendame wrote:

Come on. It's David Byrne.. One of the few meaningfull american artists around.
 
That's an insult to people like Lou Reed, Elliott smith etc :) Seriously, I hope RP will stop playing so much TH one day. Completely overrepresented here, and one of the few reasons for me to regularly switch to another channel...
 fredriley wrote:
Nice monkey, shame about the singer...

 
Come on. It's David Byrne.. One of the few meaningfull american artists around.
 fredriley wrote:
Nice monkey, shame about the singer...

 
Yes. The monkey is probably pondering which printed edition of The Encyclopedia Britannica she is going to improve apon*, now that it is extinct.

* she is an expert in medieval English after all.


this makes more sense than the talking heads version...wait...the album says...talking...heads...
i am asking myself...what is real?? 
Nice monkey, shame about the singer...
{#Jump}   Nice beat and you can dance to it
post-apocalyptic with no mention of zombies
still a good tune 
 afrixluvguy wrote:
In the early '90s I played this song over and over, not able to get over how African it sounded! It still does, in a Congolese-rhumba way...

 

You got it!  You got it!
In the early '90s I played this song over and over, not able to get over how African it sounded! It still does, in a Congolese-rhumba way...
Awesome African rhythms.
{#Clap}  ....... now we are motoring  {#Yes}
Sound pressure level in my office is very high right now !
 

hencini wrote:
So. Good.  

Cannot turn it up loud enough.  And this one goes to 11.  

 


So. Good. 

So good.  
Everything is coming up flowers this afternoon at Radio Paradise -- warms the cockles, thanks  Bill.
be loooooooooong time,  after the WINTER.......
How about some real Poi Dog Pondering too?
 phlattop wrote:

indeed. where's the like button?
 

I have no idea...  hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...  we be dancing...  love this song...
 

So. Good.  

Cannot turn it up loud enough.  And this one goes to 11.  
I have to hear it again, I'm leaning towards a literal reading but I don't know much about David Byrne. 
 Lazarus wrote:

marvelous...  love it...  we be dancing...
 

 
indeed. where's the like button?

marvelous...  love it...  we be dancing...
 
Apparently, Johnny Marr was noodling around on the guitar and just "made up" the opening riff. The chord progressions in this song are his (from what I just read).
Strange, was just reading an article about this song in today's AV Club website.
I can't help but picture the scene from Clerks II using this song. 

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
How very terrible!!!
Byrne is a genius.
 
 allmixedup wrote:
{#Nyah}
if one do not like byrne, one should not be listening to this station?  age irrelevant -  true genius!
 

could not agree more!
 fredriley wrote:

I'm an old fart (well 50-something, but anyone over 30 is old, right?) but I'd rather bang my head repeatedly against a wall than listen to David Byrne - it would be less painful and with luck there'd be the blessed relief of unconsciousness.

 
So, go bang your head Fred. I'm sixty plus and couldn't give a rat's.

Oh yes, I listen to very contemporary music, and, most percussionists couldn't cut it with the player TH got for this song........
I've never been a big fan of David Byrne, but this song is the exception in fact I think it's brilliant.
{#Ass}{#Curtain}{#Kiss}
{#Nyah}
if one do not like byrne, one should not be listening to this station?  age irrelevant -  true genius!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Nice, from Alpha Yaya Diallo into TH... Bill, you wiley old fox {#Clap}
 tamang3 wrote:
I love this song & its cynical spin
 
I know Byrne dreams this as he bikes down Broadway.
cynical dreamer

I love this song & its cynical spin
I can take the repeated playings of Porcupine Tree, but Byrne blows! Please give us a year off. Thx!

my sentiment as well 

I'm an old fart (well 50-something, but anyone over 30 is old, right?) but I'd rather bang my head repeatedly against a wall than listen to David Byrne - it would be less painful and with luck there'd be the blessed relief of unconsciousness.
 
 


my sentiment as well fredriley wrote:

I'm an old fart (well 50-something, but anyone over 30 is old, right?) but I'd rather bang my head repeatedly against a wall than listen to David Byrne - it would be less painful and with luck there'd be the blessed relief of unconsciousness.

 


Produced by the Great Steve Lillywhite. Steve, wherever you are, I want a rematch in ping pong. Oh, excuse me, table tennis.
VERY fabulous...
 AlonzoTheArmless wrote:
I can't believe I gave this nutty song a 9 last time I heard it here.

So I changed it to a 10!!!!
 
Love it! :)

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Tina Weymouth
Tom Tom Club
Gathering of the Vibes 2001

Martina Michèle "Tina" Weymouth, is an American musician (Bass, Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals), best known as a founding member of the influential New Wave group Talking Heads and its side project Tom Tom Club (co-founded with Talking Heads drummer and husband Chris Frantz).

Notable instruments:

Höfner 500/2 Club Bass — Two pickup with single-cutaway hollowbody, purchased in 1978
 Veillette-Citron Standard 4 String — Neck Through, teal green
 Fender Mustang Bass — Used in early Talking Heads performances
 Fender Jazz Bass — Used for Tom Tom Club live performances
 Steinberger L-Series Bass — Seen during Little Creatures period
 Fender Swinger — Seen in Stop Making Sense during the performance of This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

I can't believe I gave this nutty song a 9 last time I heard it here.

So I changed it to a 10!!!!


absolutely awesome...  me and my womens be dancing...  love it...


Sorry people, i can't help it. The music is okay but DB's voice just touches all the wrong nerves.... I hate this guy, it's a feeling i can't suppres... I really hate him.... Horrible singer....
I just like the Talking Heads so much and this one is really enjoyable.

Agreed — this song is quite tongue in cheek funny.  Also chuckle-worthy: "If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawnmower."

Classic!


 Cynaera wrote:
I'm not gonna be critical here, because for some reason, this song always resonates with me.  "We caught a rattlesnake - now we've got something for dinner..."  I'm laughing so hard it hurts.  I just frellin' LOVE this song.  I love Talking Heads. I love David Byrne.

Oh, hell - I love LIFE, because the alternative is death, and I'm not keen on that.
 


I was just reading your comment when the rattlesnake line came along on the song...  I started giggling uncontrollably...  your comment is right on it...  this is a great song with some slick guitar-playing...  and the lyrics are so clever they are brilliant...  what a classic...  love it...

 


PAAAARTY!
 Xstar wrote:

Just a guppy in with the big fish <9))>{ {#Propeller}
 
What's with the urge to insult someone that you don't agree with? Just have a different opinion and move on. Are our egos so fragile that each disagreement has to be met with a put-down as well? Are folks aware now that that's what they're doing?

 SweTex wrote:
Great song from a great band. But why did they put a pic of one of the TH haters on the cover? Doesn't make sense.{#Wink}

 

That is really very funny. Nicely done.
Love this song, this album, this band!!!!!
I'm not gonna be critical here, because for some reason, this song always resonates with me.  "We caught a rattlesnake - now we've got something for dinner..."  I'm laughing so hard it hurts.  I just frellin' LOVE this song.  I love Talking Heads. I love David Byrne.

Oh, hell - I love LIFE, because the alternative is death, and I'm not keen on that.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I used to like this song, but much like Madonna, it is not aging well!{#Eek}

 
This was their last "hit" (if you will), and it still sounds good to me. 

It's like they updated the song "The Big Country" by 10 years, incorporating their eighties sound, and I mean that in a good way.


 mvanderford60 wrote:
dmax - does your mommy know you are playing on her computer?
 
Just a guppy in with the big fish <9))>{ {#Propeller}
I used to like this song, but much like Madonna, it is not aging well!{#Eek}

Dancin in the kitchen now. THX!
dmax - does your mommy know you are playing on her computer?
I like it.  Be nice people - it will be over soon either way.
 dmax wrote:
stolen blatantly from Vampire Weekend
 
David Byrne is a time traveller?

Not an avid Heads fan, but this is a nice tune. Percussive and rhythmic. Interesting lyrics too.


 dmax wrote:
stolen blatantly from Vampire Weekend
 
I believe you've got your cart and horse mixed up {#Tongue-out}
stolen blatantly from Vampire Weekend
A great album all the way through. Thanks, TH. {#Bananasplit}
Dave?  Dave?  {#Lol}

Brilliant text, brilliant guitar, brilliant song. One of my alltime favorites and always good for a full dancefloor also!!


 Papernapkin wrote:
Old farts' music.
 
I'm an old fart (well 50-something, but anyone over 30 is old, right?) but I'd rather bang my head repeatedly against a wall than listen to David Byrne - it would be less painful and with luck there'd be the blessed relief of unconsciousness.

F*ckin' long, innit? ;(
Agreed, nice tune to keep the flow going on a {#Sunny}Sunday morning.
 floydoftherocks wrote:
RP is totally kicking ASS this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}
 


{#Cowboy} window wrote:
Heard this song while pumping gas recently.  In that context it sounded a bit more ordinary, which was weird.
 


Heard this song while pumping gas recently.  In that context it sounded a bit more ordinary, which was weird.
The Heads on the downhill slide. Not their best effort.
The Dude abides ———
 Papernapkin wrote:
Old farts' music.
 
...yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man...