you could hear the grass grow(ing)

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you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. I reckon you could hear the grass growing in the awkward silence that followed that dreadful performance.
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I got no time for lovin' 'cause time is all used up, just sittin' creatin' all that groovy kind legendary track has been many times, most famously Chicago, and featured on a Volkswagen TV commercial in I Can Hear The Grass Grow The Move 3 Many believed Roy Wood's psychedelic offering was drug-induced, but they were wrong.
The evening will feature hits including I Can Hear the Grass Grow, Flowers in the Rain, Blackberry Lane, California Way, See My Baby Jive, and of course everyone's favourite Christmas classic, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.
Other big hits included Night of Fear, Blackberry Way, California Man, Fire Brigade and I Can Hear the Grass Grow.
On the lee side you can hear the grass growing: a faint drumming from below, the faint rumbling of a million small gas flames, that's how it is to hear the grass grow.
Yet you could almost hear the grass grow - very different from the same time last year when 175,000 people started pitching their tents and huge stages dominated the landscape.
Some of the Move tracks have been re-recorded with Roy's current Rock & Roll Big Band and there are noteworthy covers of I Can Hear The Grass Grow by Status Quo and Flowers In The Rain by Nancy Sinatra.
It's so quiet you can almost hear the grass grow as you gaze across the glassy flat calm of the Moray Firth, where dolphins leap and cavort in the waters around Chanonry Point.
When this re-release of their debut album arrived on my desk I wasn't particularly excited and probably only put it in the CD player when I noticed a track titled I Can Hear The Grass Grow.
7 Which band Can Hear The Grass Grow according to their 1967 UK Top Ten?
Highlight was I Can Hear The Grass Grow, a punk ditty that came across as a WW2 speech to an amateur footie team.
He had hits with songs including Flowers in the Rain -- the first record to be played on BBC Radio 1 -- and I Can Hear The Grass Grow.
I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW Paddy Jones, with the grass behind his house which he says is cut only twice a year by the council.
It was said that he could see for one hundred miles by day or night, that he slept less than a bird, and could hear the grass grow.
In the show, we'll do some Rock and Blues stuff and a couple of Move hits like I Can Hear The Grass Grow and Blackberry Way,'' Bev says.
Theme from Sparta FC was also well received before The Move's I Can Hear The Grass Grow revealed the impressive talents of Smith's new band.