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Flowers Are Red

  • Harry Chapin

    A little boy went first day to school, he got his crayons and he started to draw
    He put colours all over the paper because colours were what he saw
    And the teacher said, What're you doing, young man? Painting flowers, he said
    She said, It's not the time for art, young man, and anyway, flowers are green and red
    There's a time for everything, young man, a way things should be done
    You've got to show concern for everyone else because you're not the only one
    And she said

    Flowers are red, young man, green leaves are green
    There's no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen

    But the little boy said
    There are so many colours in the rainbow
    So many colours in the morning sun
    So many colours in the flowers
    And I see every one

    The teacher said, You're a naughty boy, there are ways things should be
    And you'll paint flowers the way they are, so repeat this after me
    And she said

    Flowers are red, young man, green leaves are green
    There's no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen

    But the little boy said
    There are so many colours in the rainbow
    So many colours in the morning sun
    So many colours in the flowers
    And I see every one

    So the teacher put him in a corner, she said, It's for your own good
    And you don't come out until you get it right and you're responding like you should
    Finally he got lonely and frightened thoughts filled his head
    So he went to the teacher, and this is what he said

    Flowers are red, green leaves are green
    There's no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen

    Time went by like it always does, they moved to another town
    And the little boy went to another school, this was what he found
    He found the teacher there was smiling and she said, Painting should be fun
    And there are so many colours in the flowers, so let's paint every one
    But the little boy painted flowers in neat rows of green and red
    And when the teacher asked him why, this is what he said

    Flowers are red, green leaves are green
    There's no need to see flowers any other way
    Than the way they always have been seen

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1999:] Ein anderer West-Schüler [dessen Familie in die neuen Bundesländer gezogen war] bekam im Kunstunterricht eine Fünf, weil er mit Malschablonen nicht fein und säuberlich gearbeitet hatte, sondern - wie er es gewohnt war - mit Phantasie und Kreativität. Als die Mutter sich über die schlechte Note beschwerte, antwortete die Kunstlehrerin: "Wir sind hier doch nicht bei Picasso." (Peter Wensierski, Spiegel, 25 Okt.)

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