Van Zandt, Townes - Dead Flowers Lyrics

And when you're sitting there
In your silk upholstered chair
Talking to some rich folks that you know
Well, I hope you won't see me
In my ragged company
You know I could never be alone

Take me down, little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
Send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flower by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

And you're sitting back
In your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby days
I'll be in my basement room
With a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away

Take me down, little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
Send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Take me down, little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
Send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
No, I won't forget to put roses on your grave

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Van Zandt, Townes Dead Flowers Comments
  1. John Wilson

    I have a strong urge for a🍻🚬 white Russian all the sudden.

  2. sabrina adell masson

    Townes v zandt, jackson C frank, sixto rodriguez, doomed artists..

  3. Benjamin Quayle

    Everybody saying, "I'm gonna have this played at my funeral," "this is on my list of funeral songs," etc, will be shitty people even in death, lol.
    Funerals are already too long and nearly universally too boring. You really want to subject your friends and relatives to an uncomfortable, extended post-mortem DJ session? Just have your ashes tossed swiftly and let everyone retire to the whisky drinking.
    (Those of you who are planning on having your earthly remains actually planted in the ground while your widow plays your "funeral-mix" off your iPhone deserve a special place in hell. If you're gonna insist on heaping music on your captive funereal audience, it better be one song, actually PERFORMED, by musician(s), preferably as exit-music accompanying the opening of the free bar. Having your in-laws, co-workers and high school classmates sit through 11 songs on your iTunes play list that you drunkenly thought would capture your romantic, melancholy sense of the image you want everyone to remember you by, instead just makes everyone remember you uncomfortably as that a--hole whose funeral wouldn't end.)

  4. sean lulis

    Amazing american music.
    We dont need steve vai or joe satriani or yngvie. Just need a lil soul and feeling.

  5. Josiah Quincy

    Good good words

  6. m. LeonardTyson

    TVZ had a way simplifying songs to his unique style...

  7. themerryprankster44

    Nice marmot.

  8. Rich Grisham

    Is that Steve Earle singing along with Townes?

  9. gregory sullivan

    Here we go with this is better than that and the Stones were never the same and Townes drank the highway night better than anybody. Listen up. Wash your ass and get that cross out your pussy. Apologies to Richard Pryor.  Infectious version of a great Stones tune. Thanks.

  10. Delphine Ortis

    Really?..Reading the comments take is both versions are to trip on..just chill..amazing tunes..stop mucic survives & is passed down is through's only the record companies that steal (and managers)..let the music live! *kiss*

  11. Long Jawn

    Who's still listening in 2020?

  12. Titus Celani

    Miss you Kerry. The dude abides

  13. Still Do

    Forgive the comment section as I just read it. Buncha doink idiots who love the stones.

  14. dennis ralph

    "Fucking A"

  15. Muhammad Smith

    gg allin

  16. Michael J

    Love how TVZ cries into the higher notes of the chorus.  Never forced, he always let his addiction run naturally through his music.  I can almost feel the alcohol and other vices pulsing through my head listening to this. Kind of like how Jack Daniels mixed with pills takes the edge off the day's stressors...

  17. woodhd

    two oat sodas gary

  18. Herzeleydt Diesentrüb

    Moonshine ???

  19. Debby Van Zanen

    The man playing lead guitar & singing harmony w/ Townes was the love of my life, the late Jimmy Gray. I sang w/ him often in the early 70's, both in Phoenix & around Arizona, & in Nashville after I moved there in late '73. He was the greatest singer & musician I ever worked w/, or ever heard. He was Waylon's lead guitarist from early '68 through '70 when I first met him at Mr. Luckey's in Phoenix when he was still w/ Waylon. In Nashville we were in a band together w/ Curtis Buck (real name Jerry McGill), & we recorded at the Glaser Brothers studio, at Fred Carter's out in Goodlettsville, & at the famed Stax studio in Memphis. Jimmy was so talented & knew & sang hundreds of songs, not just country. He is still my favorite country singer I ever heard. He was famous among musicians, but was  too into music to care about fame. He covered everyone from James Taylor, to Heads, Hands, & Feet, to literally everyone who was great back then--a huge repertoire. He was  Cherokee from El Reno, Oklahoma, was the first to record "The Race in On" in Dumas, Texas, when George Jones heard his record, covered it & had the hit version. He lived & played in Phoenix for years before he was hired by Waylon. Shortly after, he lost his guitar playing brother Paul, who had just joined him in the Waylors, when he was shot & killed at an after gig party in Atlanta. Jimmy played for Townes in the late '70's, until he tired of life on the road w/ him, & went back to Nashville. He died in Puryear, Tennessee, in 2009 at age 69. He is on YouTube w/ Waylon on "The Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" live on Hee Haw, & also on "Lonely Weekends" from the same show. He is also on Buddy Long tribute (by Buddy Moeck)-- Buddy was his former brother in law, & was in the Waylors w/ him. (I sang w/ Buddy Long & Grammy winner Dale Noe back in those days. In 1981, I also sang the theme song for the tv series "Harper Valley PTA" , the 1st season). I still love & miss Jimmy, and have many great memories--he was truly the best.

    Debby Van Zanen

    For some reason part of my comment is crossed out but still readable. Jimmy deserves better. All of the information is accurate.

    Matt Komaroski

    I just hope his loving spirit still lingers through songs like these, almost as if he’s still here. You loved him, and that is awesome

  20. Long Jawn

    Who's still listening in 2020?

    Ralph B

    I am I am I am

    Matt Komaroski

    Possibly. Remind me in a few months

  21. WildwoodClaire1

    My favorite Townes story is the one where someone asked him why he didn't ever sing happy songs and Townes responded that these WERE his happy songs. Who said he didn't have a sense of humor?

  22. lionstanding

    "They got us working in shifts!.........leads....."

    your worst nightmare

    Whatever... man

    Florida Man

    @your worst nightmare
    I wouldn't even care, it's just that, well that rug really tied the room together man.

    your worst nightmare

    @Florida Man Fuckin' A
    His wife goes out, and owes money all over town, and they pee on my rug.

  23. Liam Sweeney

    Fuck the Stones. They're the total opposite to what Townes stood for and they stole his song.

  24. renotsky yelk

    This is a hundred-eighty dollars!

  25. Caio Ramalho

    Doesn't the voice in the backgound sound like Keith Richard's? Does anybody know who's singing with Townes?

  26. photoguybrian

    TVZ earned the right to do whatever he wanted with any song ever recorded. The end. RIP

  27. Rusty Shackleford


  28. jack bobrick

    Well when your sitting there,,,,,,,, in your rich pink Maserati car, don't forget who squeezed your tight ass, back at the bar,,,,

  29. D Mahoney

    Strong men also cry.

  30. yellowpinko

    After hearing this I think we can all agree the Rolling Stones are some what overrated.

    Chris Lambert

    horrible take


    Overrate by whom?


    @SeaLisa well there's Charlie Watts...the drummer for starters.

  31. Unknown Knowns

    Perfect song

  32. Brian Hunt

    Yes and proud we are of all of them.

  33. Adam Hayes

    "Ill be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon, and another girl to take my pain away." Those lyrics absolutely blow my mind. It really taps into something raw.

  34. zander quillen


  35. Sambo_Harbie28

    This was a valued rug...

  36. linda from ga

    Wish I had another " girl" to take my pain away

  37. linda from ga

    Man, I played this to my old boyfriend last year, he broke up with me , and now he's going with some sassy sue

  38. Steve Reyna


  39. Jake Wall

    Might sound lame but finding this guy changed my life. Straight-up.

  40. Addison Teague

    Descendent of a Confederate soldier and founder father of Fort Worth, TX. The Van Zandt family donated the land to the city of Fort Worth where the Will Rogers Memorial Center Operates to this day.

  41. raleigh5 here

    hi. to anybody who makes reference to "the Dude" in a comment. Go fuck yourself.

  42. Louis Hill

    This is better then The Stones version...

  43. joe mawma

    GnR did it best

  44. Steve Wallace

    I always thought Townes wrote it. The cover is always better.

  45. Porter Mortarswan

    Definition of slut.

  46. occams99

    Some C&C

  47. C Synch

    This crosses the finish line by a full horse length ahead of Mick and Keith

  48. skaterboy kaiden 856

    You think you can give me my 20 grand in cash? My concern is... And I'll have to check with my accountant.. That this might bump me into another tax uhh...

  49. Brian Bonaventura

    I must be the only person here that did not see the movie. Odd to hear Townes cover the Stones. It's a bit below his writing abilities but cool.

  50. Reuben Avery

    This song is about heroin, am I wrong?


    Yes. Maybe also about a woman, but certainly about heroin.

  51. WildwoodClaire1

    Whenever I get to feeling too upbeat and unconscionably optimistic I just put on a little Townes van Zandt to bring me back to Earth. :))

    Johnny Guitar

    you know,,, people often do the opposite,,, its a very good thing to get back to Earth,,, i used to do it more often back then,,, good thing i came across a Youtube Comment to channnel my inner self,,,

  52. Shannon Traynor Stright

    All these movie quotes are great . Making me smile

    your worst nightmare

    Mind if i do a J?

  53. YouTube Gains

    Nothing's f**ked? The goddamn plane has crashed into the mountain!

    your worst nightmare


  54. Weaponised Autism Research Projects Agency

    I think this was a song for his dealer.

  55. Ramdas

    Is that Blaze Foley on Harmony...a true beauty.


    Don't think so. The album came out in 1994, and Blaze died a few years earlier. Jimmie Gray is listed on the album on vocals. Blaze is not listed. That said, the songs were recorded over a few years at gigs, so there could be an error, but Gray was touring with him at the time so that is most likely.

  56. Mini Cooper

    Anybody that doesn't like Townes van zandt doesn't know a single damned thing about song writing or life and should be locked away for their own safety!🤤🤠

  57. skaterboy kaiden 856

    You guys mind if I do a "J"?

  58. William Smith

    The Dude abides...

  59. Joel Keller

    It is very similar to Pancho and Lefty. Especially the opening

  60. Jon Regar

    The big Lebowski brought me here and it is my favorite movie of all time

  61. Daniel Pacious

    I am the Walrus.

  62. MF Camillus

    Sometimes you just want to feel depressed, like life is just a hopeless struggle.
    For those times there's Townes.


    Are you writing a commercial?

  63. Sandie A.

    I've always been sure that dead flowers by Stones was a cover of dead flowers by Townes. Not just because Townes version is actually better, but because this song sounds so true when he sings and plays guitar in his so special and unique way

  64. George Cartwright

    Better? Than? The best.

  65. Brown Bomber

    You mean coitus?

  66. MrKayaker69


  67. terry witzu

    Who wrote this, originally?


    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with some help from Gram Parsons.

  68. Mike Nichols

    All the dude wanted was his rug back.....

  69. Aaron Lang

    I’ll stick it up your ass and pull the trigger til it goes click.

  70. The Dude

    "Two oat sodas, Gary"
    "Hey, man!"

  71. Stuart Wallace

    Always wondered who could cover a Stone's tune better than themselves

  72. Autumn Hartman

    I'm calmer than you are dude

  73. Shane Hall

    this aggression will not stand man.

  74. B Murphy

    Never get tired of this classic as I drink Mt Caucasian

  75. Gerwyn Evans

    Years of self-neglect brought this unique talent to a premature and heartbreaking end.

  76. Dapper Dave

    Fuck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.

  77. Glen Nelson

    Advert for antidepressants before this song 👌😂😣

  78. Shamrockrancher

    I can get you a toe...

  79. juan Rodriguez

    Dead flowers was written by Mick Jagger an Kietn Richards about Gram Parson when Gram was with them in the Rolling Stones an Gram's wive would send him flowers from America an they would be all dead by the time they would get there!

  80. Jean Fish

    When all your favorite country songs are written and sung by a guy you didn't even know...

  81. Jake M


  82. mercedes cervantes

    My husband

  83. Binford8100

    Noone liked to see Donny go.

  84. Biggie Baby

    Was a line cook at the Walden Club in Chattanooga back in the 80s...... we'd sing this song while you Dave......God we had so much fun...

  85. Jonathan Pruegert

    my good taste in music brought me here

  86. Robin Paynter

    Who was singing with him?

  87. Ziege Eule

    People: The Big Lebowski brought me.

    Me: Steve Earle brought me.

    John Shaw

    Blaze Foley led me down this road tonight.


    John Shaw Hey man, you should check this wonderful little short about texas songwriters out, its got van zandt, foley, calvin russell, and a few others on there.

  88. Walt whitman ova here

    All these quotes from the movie and none about TVZ and this wonderful rendition. Really just sums up his career: Overlooked.

  89. Anne Gwinner

    J'ADORE ....

  90. Binford8100

    Those rich fucks! This whole fucking thing — I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that this fucking strumpet...

  91. Chairace

    Phones’ ringing dude

    Andy Cigars

    Thank you, Donnie.

  92. OldNatty

    "Send me dead flowers. I'll put roses on your grave as I stick a needled in my arm. Take me down Susie". Where do these beings come from? Some other planet? How do they convey this?

  93. Alan Drobnak

    Love it, love it, love it. Jagger takes a back seat.

  94. Lonna Livermont

    Does anyone know who is singing backup vocals on this performance?

  95. tarnoldful

    Huge stones fan but this is the version they should have done.

  96. dennis ralph

    And in English too!

  97. Easy Name

    I know it from the Big Lebowski pretty much like everyone, but this song is so good I cant stop listening. "I wont forget to put roses on your grave"

  98. bodie of ci5

    Fuck it Dude. Let's go bowling.

  99. David Cartledge

    dont waste time comparing relish time enjoying ..