Flowers are red    (video)

 

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1. The little boy went first day of school,

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    got some crayons and started to draw,

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    he put colors all over the paper,

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    for colors was what he saw.

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    And the teacher said, "Whatcha doin' young man ?"

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    "I'm paintin' flowers," he said.

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    She said, "It's not the time for art, young man,

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    and anyway flowers are green and red."

 

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2."There's a time for everything, young man,

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    and a way it should be done.

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    You've got to show concern for everyone else,

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    for you're not the only one."

 

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And she said,       "Flowers are red, young man,

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and green leaves are green,

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there's no need to see flowers any other way

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than the way they always have been seen."

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But the little boy said :

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"There are so many colors in the rainbow,

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so many colors in the morning sun.

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So many colors in a flower, and I see everyone."

 

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3. The teacher said, "You're sassy, there's ways that things should be,

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    and you'll paint flowers the way they are, so repeat after me.

 

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4. The teacher put him in a corner,

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    she said, "It's for your own good.

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    And you won't come out 'till you get it right,

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    and are responding like you should."

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    Well, finally he got lonely, frightened thoughts filled his head,

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    and he went up to the teacher, and this is what he said.

 

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And he said, "Flowers are red,

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and green leaves are green,

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there's no need to see flowers any other way

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than the way they always have been seen."

 

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5. Time went by like it always does, and they moved to another town,

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    and the little boy went to another school, and this is what he found.

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    The teacher there was smiling, she said, "Painting should be fun,

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    and there are so many colors in the flower, so let's use every one."

 

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6. But that little boy painted flowers in neat rows of green and red,

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    and when the teacher asked him why, this is what he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And he said, "Flowers are red,

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and green leaves are green,

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there's no need to see flowers any other way

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than the way they always have been seen."

 

+  C - F - G - C (2x)

 

(orig. = capo 5th)    (Harry Chapin)