Who Sang Small Flowers Crack Concrete? Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley, Thurston Joseph Moore
release date: 2000-5-16
length: 5:13
Small flowers crack concrete
Narcotic squads sweep through poet dens
Spilling coffee, grabbing 15-yr-old runaway girls
By frazzled ponytail ed hair
And tossing them into backseats of cop cars

The narcs beat the bearded oracles
Replacing tantric love with complete violence

Lights and mirrors dot the city
Ink stained hippies
With boxed lunch and marijuana
Mystery plays of **** and nothingness
Blessed by colors from a black hat

Blue lights search through weeds
Searching for the heart of d.a. levy
And the mind he left behind

What did you expect? Another mystic wreck?
That's what you got crawling
Inside your panic net
What did you bring me? Not a goddam thing yeh
And what did you leave me?
Another tombstone dream, yeh
O salacious mansion, the boys held for ransom
Did you see where he's gone?
The blasted summers dawn
****ed up in Cleveland, ****ed up in Cleveland
Short flight to nothing
Heaven's up to something
Heaven's up to something
Levy's up to something
Levy's up to something

Death poems for the living gods of America
Plastic saxophones bleat
Bleed for nothing, nada

Cops crashing through doors
Infuriated by silver charms of suburban smoke
At war with patches of red dirt glitter
And bluejean ****ing
And protest.

CD 1
  • 1 Free City Rhymes
  • 2 Renegade Princess
  • 3 Nevermind (What Was It Anyway)
  • 4 Small Flowers Crack Concrete
  • 5 Side2Side
  • 6 StreamXSonik Subway
  • 7 NYC Ghosts & Flowers
  • 8 Lightnin’