Flower Lady (feat. Sid Griffin)

from GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL by Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers

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Flower Lady

Word and Music by Phil Ochs


Millionaires and paupers walk the hungry streets

Rich and poor companions of the restless beat

Strangers in a foreign land

Strike a match with trembling hand

Learn too much to ever understand


But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


Lover's quarrel, snarl away their happiness

Kisses crumble in a web of loneliness

It's written by the poison pen

Voices break before they bend

The door is slammed

It's over, once again


But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


Poets agonize, they cannot find the words

And the stone stares at the sculptor asks "are you absurd?"

The painter paints his brushes black

Through the canvas runs a crack

Portrait of the pain never answers back


But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


Soldiers, disillusioned, come home from the war

Sarcastic students tell them not to fight no more

And they argue through the night

Black is black and white is white

Walk away both knowing they are right


But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


Smoke dreams of escaping souls are drifting by

Dull the pain of living as they slowly die

Smiles change into a sneer

washed away by whiskey tears

In the quicksand of their mind they disappear


Still nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


Feeble, aged, people almost to their knees

Complain about the present using memories

Never found their pot of gold

Wrinkled hands pound weary holes

Each line screams out you're old, you're old, you're old


But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady


And the flower lady hobbles home without a sale

Tattered shreds of petals leave a fading trail

Not a pause to hold a rose

Even she no longer knows

The lamp goes out the evening now is closed


And nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady

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from GHOSTS OF ROCK N ROLL, released September 11, 2021

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Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers London, UK

Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers is one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
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