Here and There

Friday, January 30, 2009

Nothing but Flowers

After months and months of listening to the Talking Heads CD we have, I finally "heard" song 18: Nothing but Flowers. You can watch the video on YouTube, and that's interesting, but what's been most interesting to me is tossing around the words.

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
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

I'd like to live more like it was "paradise", eating food I grow, watching flowers bloom and listening to birds. But it would suck to not have toilets, or dishwashers...I'd miss the symphony, GAP, road trips, scissors, books, feminine products, Diet Coke, candy, etc. So how do you do both? How do you use the modern world and enjoy the natural world? I know I need to do more of the latter to start.

The picture is from the Conservatory of Flowers when we went last week. You can't see all the colored light that shone through the stained glass, but it sure was pretty.


cristyroses said...

GREAT! I'll call you after lunch tomorrow (Saturday). YAY!

Leiflet said...

I just downloaded this cd, and this song in particular really makes me laugh. I can't decide if my favorite moment is when he sings: "This was be a Pizza Hut" or "If this is paradise, I wish i had a lawn mower."

What a good song. No one told me that this song sounded like Graceland!

jillyg said...

ah ha! maybe that's why it sounds so good to my ear! graceland!