Who Sang The Little Flower Girl? Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson The Secret Language of Birds cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2000-3-6
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock
length: 3:37
producer: Ian Anderson
engineer: Ian Anderson
guest drums (drum set): Gerry Conway
composer: Ian Anderson
lyricist: Ian Anderson
Down at the church the flower girl sits. Legs innocent, apart.
I make the picture puzzle fit to start your heart.
Painted sister stopped beside. A word upon her saintly lip.
Perhaps admonishing the child inside the open slip.
I don't know where she might go when she runs home at night.
It's for the best: I wouldn't rest when I turned out the light.
No little flower girl singing in my troubled dream
just an old man's model in a pose from a magazine.

I have touched that face a dozen times before. And I have let my pencil run.
Laid down washes on a foreign shore, under a hot and foreign sun.
My best sable brushes drift the soft inside of her arm.
Her chin I tilt, her b______ I lift. I mean no harm.

I close the door. She is no more until the next appointed hour.
Northeastern light push back the night: painted promises in store.
No little flower girl singing in my troubled dream
just an old man's model in a pose from a magazine.

Down at the church my flower girl sits. Legs innocent, apart.
I make the picture puzzle fit to start your heart.
My golden sable brushes drift the soft inside of her arm.
Her chin I tilt, her b______ I lift. I mean no harm.
I mean no harm. I mean......

Tracklist
  • 1 The Secret Language of Birds
  • 2 The Little Flower Girl
  • 3 Montserrat
  • 4 Postcard Day
  • 5 Water Carrier
  • 6 Set-Aside
  • 7 A Better Moon
  • 8 Sanctuary
  • 9 The Jasmine Corridor
  • 10 The Habanero Reel
  • 11 Panama Freighter
  • 12 The Secret Language of Birds, Part II
  • 13 Boris Dancing
  • 14 Circular Breathing
  • 15 The Stormont Shuffle