(Nothing But) Flowers

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"(Nothing But) Flowers"
Single by Talking Heads
from the album Naked
Released 1988
Format 7"
Recorded 1987
Genre New wave, worldbeat
Length 5:39
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
Producer(s) Talking Heads, Steve Lilywhite
Talking Heads singles chronology
"(Nothing But) Flowers"
"Sax and Violins"

"(Nothing But) Flowers" is a song by the rock band Talking Heads. It appears on the band's final album Naked, released in 1988. It was also released as a single accompanied by a successful music video, which featured innovative uses of typography by graphic designer Tibor Kalman.[1] In addition to the band, the song features Kirsty MacColl on backup vocals and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. It peaked at number 79 in the UK Singles Chart.


The lyrics describe a world where modern progress has been reverted to a more natural state, due either to a political movement or by a necessity, such as dealing with overpopulation. While the protagonist may have once been in favor of the transformation, he finds himself now missing the conveniences and culture of the modern world. The song is a wry flip side to Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, which laments that "They paved paradise; put up a parking lot."


The song was covered by Guster on their live album Guster on Ice, as well as by Caetano Veloso on his album A Foreign Sound.


  1. ^ Heller, Steven; Fili, Louise (2006). Stylepedia. Chronicle Books. p. 181. ISBN 0-8118-3346-1. 

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