House of Flowers

Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Truman Capote
Year Written 1954
ABOUT House of Flowers
House of Flowers was written for the Broadway musical of the same. Set in Haiti, the cast included Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Ray Walston, Geoffrey Holder and Alvin Ailey. The score featured a steel-drum trio from Trinidad.


My house is made of flowers
The warm winds carpet the floor
Whenever there’s spring showers
I open the rainbow door

The frog, the toad, the turtle
All make my home their home
My curtains are crape myrtle
And the firefly flies neath my dome
I’ve never had money
And I’ll never need none
The moon is my lamp
And my clock is the sun

My home’s a home
For all those things
What grows, what flies, what sings
If it all sounds tempting

And it do you entice
I show to the heavens
That it do make it nice
Won’t you come live with me

I’d come live with me
If I were you, if I were you.

Session / Album Information


This song was recorded on August 15, 1960 and released in 1960 on the album A String of Harold Arlen.

House Of Flowers

Listen to House Of Flowers on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1960.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8359 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1559 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1960:  Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7455 — Sings A String Of Harold Arlen (UK)
  • Sony Music CD: SMSP A 8359 — A String Of Harold Arlen
  • 1975: Columbia LP 12″: KG 33376 — Let’s Fall In Love With The Songs Of Harold Arlen and Cy Coleman
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5244 — Sings A String Of Harold Arlen [Japan]
  • 1990: Columbia House Music Collection CD: C22 8015 — The Great American Composers: Harold Arlen
  • 1993:  Sony Music Special Products CD: 15056 — Tony Bennett Sings for You
  • 2011: Disc #18 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK18) Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen

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