The Statler Brothers performs “Flowers On The Wall” from Man in Black: Live in Denmark.

The song reached # 2 on the US Hot Country Songs charts. And reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Canada RPM Top Singles charts, it reached number # 1.

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Flowers On The Wall

Single cover The Statler Brothers ( Columbia 1965 )
Single cover The Statler Brothers ( Columbia 1965 )

Song written by Lew DeWitt (member of The Statler Brothers), was recorded by The Statler Brothers, for the columbia label, on March 13, 1965, with the production of Don Law and Frank Jones, was released on June 14, 1965 . The song reached # 2 on the US Hot Country Songs charts. And reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Canada RPM Top Singles charts, it reached number # 1. The Statler Brothers re-recorded the song in 1975 for its first greatest hits album for Mercury Records, The Best of The Statler Brothers. The song won the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performing (R & R) – Group (vocal or instrumental).

The song was used in the soundtrack of the 1994 film Pulp Fiction and as the main theme of the 2001-2002 BBC Radio 4 comedy Linda Smith, A Brief History of Timewasting.

Lp cover The Statler Brothers ( Columbia 1965 )
Lp cover The Statler Brothers             ( Columbia 1965 )

The song would be part of The Statler Brothers’ debut album, Flowers On The Wall (Columbia 1966), on the Top Country albums lists it reached # 5.

More than 25 verions have been made, but we will highlight Eric Heatherly’s version, which was released as a debut single on February 26, 2000. It was recorded for the mercury label, with the production of Keith Stegall. The song reached number # 6 on the US Hot Country Songs charts and number # 3 on the Canada Country Tracks lists.

Cd cover Eric Heatherly ( Mercury 2000 )
Cd cover Eric Heatherly ( Mercury 2000 )

Some versions:

Nancy Sinatra 1966 (Reprise Records)
Brenda Lee 1966 (Decca)
Leroy Van Dyke 1966 (Warner Bros)
Jim Ed Brown 1968 (RCA Victor)
C.W. McCall 1979 (Polydor)
Lew DeWitt 1985 (Compleat)
Eric Heatherly 2000 (Mercury)

The Statler Brothers – Flowers On The Wall Lyrics

I keep hearing you’re concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you’re giving me is conscience, I guess
If I were walking in your shoes I wouldn’t worry none
While you and your friends are worrying about me, I’m having lots of fun

Counting flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all
Playing solitaire ’til dawn with a deck of fifty one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it’s hard to slow this swinger down
So please don’t give a thought to me, I’m really doing fine
You can always find me here and having quite a time

Counting flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all
Playing solitaire ’til dawn with a deck of fifty one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do

It’s good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway, my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

Counting flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all
Playing solitaire ’til dawn with a deck of fifty one
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do
Don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do

Single The Statler Brothers ( Columbia 1965 )
Single The Statler Brothers ( Columbia 1965 )

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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