The Flowers Are Filthy

from by Heather Hardy

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In honor of children in places of war


The Flowers are Filthy

I want to go out and pick flowers
To dry my mother’s tears
But I’m just a kid, hungry and poor
Watching a world where anger is born
Bullets and bombs and the screams of war
The flowers are filthy here

The air is dusty and sour
It’s been like this for years
I wish it was safe to skip and run
To grow a garden in the sun
Inside we wither, inside we’re stuck
The flowers are filthy here

Seeds of sadness, seeds of hate
Buried in furrowed brows
Mothers pray and the men
Make their violent vows

Listen grown-ups in power
You who do not play fair
Everyone loses no matter who wins
Your souls will dry up and be lost in the wind
While we stand here in line and wait for the end
Trying to smile, trying to bend, like flowers
The flowers are filthy here

Heather Hardy © 2016


from Howl, released October 3, 2016
Heather Hardy, vocals, guitar; Dave Martin, guitar; April Reed-Cox, cello



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Heather Hardy Bristol, Maine

Winner of the 2013 Maine Songwriting Competition and 2nd place in the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest, Heather Hardy is a singer-songwriter living in Bristol, Maine. She plays guitar and ukulele, and enjoys playing her guitar like a stand-up bass. Heather blends her unique voice with rich melodies, often including mouth trumpet solos. She teaches songwriting, guitar and ukulele for all ages. ... more

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