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I keep hearin' you're concerned about my happiness
But all that thought you've given me is conscience I guess
If I were walkin' in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none
While you and your friends are worryin' 'bout me, I'm havin' lots of fun

Countin' flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all
Playin' solitaire 'til dawn, with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin' cigarettes and watchin' "Captain Kangaroo"
Now don't tell me
I've nothin' to do

Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
As long as I can dream it's hard to slow this swinger down
So please don't give a thought to me, I'm really doin' fine
You can always find me here and havin' quite a time

[repeat chorus]

It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
Anyway, my eyes are not accustomed to this light
And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

[repeat chorus]

Don't tell me
I've nothin' to do

Produced by Jerry Kennedy
Written by Lewis C. DeWitt
Courtesy of Mercury/Nashville by arrangement with
PolyGram Special Markets
(P) 1975 PolyGram Records, Inc.

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    UnregisteredJul 31, 2012 at 6:31 am
    A guy who waits for a partying girl friend to come to him even though its breaking his heart he wants to convince everyone that he is doing fine. Been there and done it and every time i hear this song it reminds me of how dumb i was to waste my time like that.
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    UnregisteredMay 4, 2012 at 9:52 am
    I wouldn't say that this song is figurative or be so melodramatic as to say he is depressed or in denial. I would say that the lyrics tell of a man who has run into his former girlfriend (or ex-wife) by chance. She expresses her concern for his happiness since they parted, and he implies that she is not really concerned about him, but this is just her "conscience" that's bothering her. He says for her and her friends not to worry about him become he is content (either truthfully or that's what he wants her to believe) with the way he occupies his time. He spends his nights in his room staring at the walls, counting flowers (probably a design in the wall paper). Playing solitaire over and over when he can't win because he's missing a card, and yet this is still entertainment to him. He smokes cigarettes and watches a kids tv show - - it’s something to do. He also tells her that by pretending, he can imagine he's out on the town having a great time so he doesn't want her sympathy. Then he says it’s good to see her, but he has to go because he used to being in his dark room (most likely a small apartment) where he usually doesn't wear his shoes to go outside much. He admits he looks a fright, but he's happy with his nightly routine of being by himself and doing what he wants. It sounds to me like a temporary period of self-imposed hermit behavior after a break-up, but in time, he will probably get over her and move on.
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    SuperdragAug 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    Thank you Allen so many people are saying this song is about drugs or he's in a jail or mental institution. It's a very straightforward song, nothing is cloaked or hidden. He's clearly miserable and depressed from a breakup and in denial. People keep saying he's talking to someone, it's sound to me it figurative. And he's heard thru the grapevine that she's worried about him.
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    AlanRRTOct 25, 2010 at 3:32 am
    When I was a kid, I thought this was just a silly song about a guy wasting time. For some reason, the song came to me, and I looked up the lyrics 'cause I couldn't think of them, and it was driving me crazy.
    Even before I looked up the complete lyrics, it occured to me that this is about a guy that's seriously depressed and his friend (probably his girlfriend and they are broken up now, and that's why he's so depressed) is concerned about him. He's not really "counting flowers on the wall", etc., he's telling her to buzz off. He's been locked in his room for so long that he can't stand the sun light. He says he "dressed in tails," yet he knows he "looks a fright." He's not been taking care of his grooming while he's been holed up in his room.
    The friend has good reason to be concerned about him, and he's telling her to get lost in a round about way.
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    UnregisteredJan 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm
    I grew up in Staunton, VA and went to many Statler 4th of July concerts. The song imagery is actually based upon the old psychiatric hospital in Staunton (I worked for the hospital as did my grandmother). One of the Statlers worked at the old site when he was younger and the lyrics are based upon the hospital. The wallpaper in the hospital was flowered and he would sit with patients and play solitaire with "a deck of 51" and watch captain kangaroo with them. The old site eventually turned into a correctional site and then closed and has now been converted into condos. It's located near downtown on Greenville Avenue.

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