FLOWERS ARE RED 4/4 (Harry Chapin, words as used by Iain MacKintosh)
(For Iain MacKintosh’s version use capo on 3rd fret, for Harry
Chapin’s original on 4th)
Well a [Am]little boy went first day to school
He got his crayons and he started to draw.
put colours all over the paper
Because colours were what he saw.
And the [G]teacher said “What you [Em]doing young
”I'm painting [G]flowers”, he [Em]said.
She said “It's [G]not the time for [Em]art young
And [G]anyway flowers are [Am]green and [G]red.
There's a [Am]time for everything young man
And a way things
should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
Because you're not the only [G]one”, she said…
[C]Flow[G]ers are [C]red, young man,
[C]green [G]leaves are [C]green
There's no need to [G]see flowers
[C]any other way
Than the way they [G]always [C]have been seen
[C]But the little boy said...
There are [C]so many
colours in the [F]rain[C]bow
So many colours in the [G]morning sun
[C]So many colours in the [F]flowers and [C]I see
Well the [Am]teacher said “You're a nutty boy
There's ways that things should be
you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat this after [G]me”, she said…
Repeat Chorus 1
the [Am]teacher put him in a corner
She said “It's for your own good.
And you don't come out until you get it
And you responding like you should.”
[G]Finally he got [Em]lonely
Frightened [G]thoughts filled his [Em]head.
went to the [Em]teacher
And [G]this is [Am]what he [G]said…
[C]Flow[G7]ers are [C]red,
[C]green [G7]leaves are [C]green
There's no need to [G7]see flowers
[C]any other way
Than the way they [G7]always [C]have been seen
[Am]Time went by like it always does
They moved to another
And the little boy went to another school
This is what he found
He found the [G]teacher there was [Em]smiling
said [G]“Painting should be [Em]fun”
And there are [G]so many colours in the [Em]flowers
So [G]let's paint
But the [Am]little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked
This is what he [G]said…
Repeat Chorus 2