Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lake of the Flowers

I'm not exactly sure what I ought to tell you about this one. I was flattered to find that SpinTown actually beat me to writing a commentary about the song, including an interpretation of the lyrics. Talking it over, William and I agreed that Spin's interpretation was as good as any, so that's what it's about (Unless you have a different interpretation, in which case that's what it's about).



That said, there is a specific place that is the subject of this song, and it's Edisto Memorial Gardens, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Also, there are at least two other verses included in the lyrics that will most likely never make it to a recording.

LAKE OF THE FLOWERS
wmh, around 1980

In the old days, living in towers
Took a trip out to the Lake of the Flowers
Stopping by for a day, had to get away

And what was it they'd say?
(so wise and hair of grey)

Lake of the Flowers
It's been so inspiring
Where are the hours?
(They've all gone away)
Lake of the Flowers
You know my desires
So what's transpired
Since my escape?
(my escape!)

Take a drink here and never grow old
Beware the current where the river flows cold
But see the water wheel, it meant a great deal

Oh, what a way to feel!
(the picture is unreal!)

Lake of the Flowers
It's been so inspiring
Where are the hours?
(They've all gone away)
Lake of the Flowers
You know my desires
So what's transpired
Since my escape?
(my escape!)

[Repeat chorus]

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