Flowers in the Window

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"Flowers in the Window"
Single by Travis
from the album The Invisible Band
Released 25 March 2002
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Indie pop
Length 3:41
Label Independiente
Songwriter(s) Fran Healy
Producer(s) Steve Orchard
Travis singles chronology
"Flowers in the Window"

"Flowers in the Window" is the third and final single from indie band Travis' third studio album, The Invisible Band. The track topped the British Airplay charts and debuted at #18 on the UK Singles Chart.


The song was written long before the release of their second album, The Man Who, and although he is uncredited on the album, it was co-written by Paul McCartney. In an interview for Rate Your Music, Healy claimed, "I met McCartney whilst recording a television programme, and I played him an unfinished track from the new album. He said: 'That's a great little song.' He helped us finish the ending, but we didn't give him a credit on the sleeve."[1]

Live performances[edit]

During live performances of the song, it is typically dedicated to members of the band or stage crew who have reached a significant moment in a relationship. For example, during the 12 Memories tour in 2003, it was dedicated to the lighting manager who had just had a child. In 2007, whilst playing at the Hammersmith Apollo, it was dedicated to their touring pianist Klaus, who had become engaged the day before.

Music video[edit]

The video features the band walking around a small town in South Africa where all the residents are pregnant women. The band enter a clinic where women are staying and begin to perform the song. A chained up man appears at the end of the video in apparent distress suggesting that he has been held captive and forced to father children for the women. An alternate version of the video also uses clips from the movie Saved!.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "Flowers In The Window" - 3:41
  2. "Here Comes The Sun" (Live @ The Top Of The Pops Awards, 2001) - 4:32
  3. "A Little Bit Of Soul" - 3:08
  • UK CD2
  1. "Flowers In The Window" - 3:41
  2. "Central Station" - 4:34
  3. "No Cigar" - 5:02
  • 7" Vinyl
  1. "Flowers In The Window" - 3:41
  2. "Here Comes The Sun" (Live @ The Top Of The Pops Awards, 2001) - 4:32
  • Cassette Single
  1. "Flowers In The Window" - 3:41
  2. "A Little Bit Of Soul" - 3:08
  • European Single
  1. "Flowers In The Window" - 3:41
  2. "No Cigar" - 5:02


Chart (2002) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 98
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 93
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 18