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Lyr Add: Flower Lady (Phil Ochs)

14 Jan 00 - 12:31 AM (#162574)
Subject: Lyr Add: FLOWER LADY (Phil Ochs)
From:

So there is a record of this in the forum
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FLOWER LADY
(Phil Ochs)


Millionaires and paupers walk the hungry street
Rich and poor companions of the restless feet.
Strangers in a foreign land
Strike a match with a trembling hand
Learned too much to ever understand.
But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.


Lovers quarrel, snarl away their happiness,
Kisses crumble in a web of lonliness.
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.
The stone stares at the sculptor, asks are you absurd?
The painter paints his brushes black, through the canvas runs a crack
The 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.
Still nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.


Smoke dreams of escaping soul 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 minds they disappear.
But 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, wrinked 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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Copywright 1966 Barricade Music, Inc.
Recorded on "Pleasures of the Harbor" A&M 133
filename[ FLWRLADY
GF
Apr98


18 May 03 - 04:21 PM (#955006)
Subject: Tune Add: FLOWER LADY (Phil Ochs)
From: OldPossum

X:41
T:Flower Lady
B:The Complete Phil Ochs: Chords of Fame
C:Phil Ochs
N:filename[ FLWRLADY
M:C|
L:1/4
K:G
| z1 d/d/ d c | c/ B B/-B>A | G/ D D/-D2-|D4 | z1 d/d/ d c |
w: Mil-lion-aires and|pau-pers walk_ the|hun-gry street,|_|Rich and poor com-
c/ B A/-A3/2 G/ | A/ D D/-D2-|D4 | z1 d/d/ d B | A/ G G/-G2 |
w: pan-ions of_ the|rest-less feet|_|Stran-gers in a|for-eign land|
z1 d/d/ d B/B/ | A/ G G/-G2 | z1 d/d/ d B | A<G E E/D/-|D4-|
w: strike a match with a|tremb-lin' hand_|Learned too much to|ev-er un-der-stand.|_|
D z1 d d | e<c c<c | B/ (A3/2 G/ A B/-|B) D/D/ E/D/ E/G/-|G4-|G4 |]
w: _But no|bod-y's buy-in'|flow-ers __|_from the flow-er la-dy.|_|_|


18 May 03 - 08:06 PM (#955107)
Subject: RE: Flower Lady
From: harvey andrews

when Phil stayed with me on his tour in 65? he recorded this new song for me on my tape recorder with chords. I've still got the tape but it must be pretty fragile by now. Must get it on to cd, also he'd just written "Cannons of Christianity" ("Two n's or one" he asks).Seems to me a very relevant song for modern America.


19 May 03 - 09:52 AM (#955418)
Subject: Lyr Add: Flower Lady
From: GUEST,Sorcha

An Add for Guest    (Old Possum's) post of 14 Jan 00 - 12:31 AM this thread. Since it has a file name, I wonder if it's already in the DT? (I can't use Search w/o my cookie)


19 May 03 - 10:47 AM (#955447)
Subject: RE: Flower Lady
From: OldPossum

Sorcha, it is in the DT already, anonymous guest (not me) copied it from there. I just posted the tune.


19 May 03 - 10:51 AM (#955450)
Subject: RE: Flower Lady
From: Sorcha

Oh, OK, sorry.