David Byrne, Ethel + Thomas Dolby

"(Nothing But) Flowers" with string quartet

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(Music)

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♫ Here we stand ♫

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♫ Like an Adam and an Eve ♫

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♫ Waterfalls ♫

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♫ The Garden of Eden ♫

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♫ Two fools in love ♫

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♫ So beautiful and strong ♫

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♫ Birds in the trees ♫

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♫ Are smiling upon them ♫

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♫ From the age of the dinosaurs ♫

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♫ Cars would run on gasoline ♫

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♫ Where? Where have they gone? ♫

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♫ Now, there's nothing but flowers ♫

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♫ This was a factory ♫

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♫Now there are mountains and rivers ♫

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♫ You got it, you got it ♫

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♫ We caught a rattlesnake ♫

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♫ Now we've got something for dinner ♫

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♫ You got it, you got it ♫

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♫ This was a parking lot ♫

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♫ Now it's all covered with flowers ♫

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♫ You got it, you got it ♫

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♫ If this is paradise ♫

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♫ I wish I had a lawnmower ♫

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♫ You got it, you got it ♫

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♫ This was a shopping mall ♫

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♫ Now it's turned into corn field ♫

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♫ You got it, you got it ♫

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♫ Don't leave me stranded here ♫

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♫ I can't get used to this lifestyle ♫

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(Applause)

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Thomas Dolby: David Byrne.

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(Applause)

David Byrne sings the Talking Heads' 1988 hit, "(Nothing But) Flowers." He's accompanied by Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel, who made up the TED2010 house band.

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Thomas Dolby · Electronic music pioneer

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City."

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City."

Ethel · String quartet

Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.

Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.

David Byrne · Musician, artist, writer

David Byrne builds an idiosyncratic world of music, art, writing and film.

David Byrne builds an idiosyncratic world of music, art, writing and film.