Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Frilly it’s Friday.

After another week of robust debate with our readers offering a full and frank exchange of views, it’s about time for a temporary cessation of hostilities. Would a group hug be out of the question?  Suit yourselves.

This week, as Spring works its magic – and with my warm, if voucher-free, esteem on offer – I want to know,: what’s your favourite song about or mentioning flowers in the title or lyrics?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines MUST close at 10.45pm.

Last week, thanks to a suggestion by reader Verbatim, I asked for your favourite song with a number in the title or lyrics. You answered in your tens.

Verbatim herself won my esteem with this brilliant choice.

At Seventeen – Janis Ian

Millie agreed:

“Great pick. Love this song.”

Nick says: Congrats Verbatim. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

45 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

  1. Paulus

    Nick, yer some tulip: I rose to challenge and called to my buddleja who was out in the gardenia. There was an orchid pause, then she asked me what in carnation I was looking for. I aster for the name of a song with a flower in it. Nothing yet, but I expect a wave of euphorbia if she comes up with a good suggestion.

    I’ll get me hoe.

  2. gorugeen

    My favourite song mentioning flowers is Led Zeppelins Misty Mountain Hop. Always makes me think of our holidays in France: Sitting at the top of the meadow, watching all the happy people arrive and as the sun dips behind the trees the music starts. My happy place.

  3. johnny

    …And she moves among the sparrows
    And she floats upon the breeze
    She moves among the flowers
    She moves something deep inside of me…

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ft. Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow.

  4. TenPin Terry

    If you’ll allow me a personal indulgence here’s an interconnected twofer that brings back fond memories.
    In 2010 Lady TenPin and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at the City Winery in New York watching the Jesus of Cool Nick Lowe and his band.
    Pianist Geraint Watkins wrote this fabulous love song ‘ Only a rose ‘ and herself was quite tearful towards the end. Tbh I was concentrating on not falling off a barstool after three vodka martinis too many.
    But it became ‘ our ‘ song. We all have one …
    Here’s the version they sang at a later date on the tour in Minneapolis
    Nick Lowe returned to the theme of love and roses a few years later with this song about remorse, regret and a last-ditch effort to avoid the flak after fupping up. We’ve all been there …

    Although not connected I’d also bung in Elvis Costello’s version of ‘ Good year for the roses ‘ from his Country period only because it’s such a cracking song.

  5. johnny

    U2- Flower Child.

    ..its the time year where growers/cultivators off hemp and cannabis start their plants,we grow from seed to sale in Ma,Ct and soon New York.
    have a great one fellow flower lovers,these days i’m smoking Sour Diesel,working all the hours available transplanting flowers,hemp and cannabis in greenhouses,they go outside in June.

  6. Fergalito

    How about some metamodern country pie?

    Whether yee-haw or nay-haw here’s a good one from Sturgill Simpson “It Ain’t All Flowers” from a zinger of an album titled “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”

    Saw him support the outstanding and late, definitely great John Prine in Vicar Street. In truth I can’t remember if he was any good or not because John Prine was in incredible form. Rest in peace John, you were a rare one.

  7. GiggidyGoo

    Great choice by Verbatim. I like the version with the trumpet solo rather than the guitar in the one in the link.

  8. Nicorigo

    Hyacinth house -The doors-

    One of the most peculiar and intense song from the doors but also the most under rated.
    Inhabited by a broken Jim Morrisson whose life and mental health is seriously spiralling down, Hyacinth house sounds like the Lizard king’s farewell to the band and his life of fame.

  9. Danny

    The Rose and the
    Briar by Tom Waits

    I fell asleep down by the stream
    And there I had the strangest dream
    And down by Brennan’s Glenn there grows
    A briar and a rose

    He wrote it on his honeymoon in Killarney.

    On another note, I was in Paris
    At the recording of Black Rose with Thin Lizzy!

  10. The Millie Obnoxious™

    Nice one Verbatim!

    My choice is Little Blue by the Beautiful South.

    Just a lovely, though underrated, little tune which gets stuck in my head whenever I listen to it. It reminds me of summertime, and my dad, and our old boat which we used to holiday on down in Cork.

  11. stephen moran

    I did flirt with Iris – by the Goo Goo Dolls and Cheery Blossom Girl by Air but top of the flower pops pour moi had to be this true masterpiece of 1960’s decadence. From a bygone epoch with rebellion, imagination and fantasy, a timeless tune.

    Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & The Shondells. Nice

    Here given given the full celeb updated treatment live by
    Joan Jett aided and abetted by Tommy James, Miley Cyrus and Dave Grohl !

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