I’ve gotta tell ya, Day6 of #blogtober has stumped me a bit. The theme or prompt was flowers. What the fluff do I write about flowers? I could tell you what my favourite flower is but that would only take a line or two. If I elaborated a bit I might have been able to stretch it out to a paragraph. I could’ve written a poem… But I suck at poetry. So I thought and I thought and came up with pretty much nothing! So today instead, I am sharing with you some songs I like that have flowers in the title. That works right? Fits the brief!
Bed of Roses – Bon Jovi
This is poetry. I can’t write it, but I can appreciate it. “Sitting here wasted and wounded at this old piano. Trying hard to capture the moment, this morning, I don’t know. ‘Cause a bottle of vodka is still lodged in my head and some blond gave me nightmares.
I think she is still in my bed. As I dream about movies they won’t make of me when I’m dead”. That’s Deep man.
Flippin’ love a bit on Bon Jovi! So many good lines in this song.
Edelweiss – Sound of music
I sing this to Bridget. I used to sing soft kitty to Dexter and I sing twinkle twinkle to Pais, but this is what I sing to Didge and I love it. Such a sweet little melody. And, it’s from the sound of music, so ya know, winner! Many people assume that this is a traditional Austrian folk song but actually it was just written for The Sound of Music by the composers, Rodgers and Hammerstein
Virginia Bluebell – Miranda Lambert
Miranda flippin’ Lambert! Love her. I’m a country music fan through and through. I was country when country wasn’t cool! I actually met Miranda this year back in August at a concert in Manchester. She’s got such an awesome Texas twang in her voice and is the only music I currently have on my phone. Man, I’d love to be her BFF! Taken from her 2009 Revolution album, Virginia Bluebell is a story of a friend that’s been hurt and Miranda is trying to get them to let the world in again and not shy away. “Pretty little thing, sometimes you gotta look up, and let the world see all the beauty that you’re made of. ‘Cause the way you hang your head, nobody can tell. You’re my Virginia bluebell.
Weed instead of roses – Ashley Monroe
Ashley Monroe is actually a friend of Miranda and together they are 2 thirds of The Pistol Annies. They write great lyrics together and this one, ‘weed instead of roses’ is a little bit cheeky.It tells the tale of a woman who is fed up with romance and longs to spice things up with her significant other. Have a listen to the lyrics. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Dandelion – Kacey Musgraves
An amazing lyricist is our Kacey. I’ve seen her live too. But that’s going back a few years. If you get a chance to listen to her debut album, ‘Same trailer, different park’ then please, please do. Or any of her stuff really. It’s all good.
“Send you dancing on the breeze and like a stupid little girl, I spent my wishes on a weed thinkin’ it could change my world
Dandelion, A million little wishes float across the sky but it’s a waste of breath and a waste of time, I know ’cause just like him, you always leave me crying, Dandelion”
“Many of Kacey Musgraves’ songs talk about self-acceptance. They come from some of the pals that she grew up who are not able to be themselves. “After high school, my best friend came out to me, and he was like, ‘I don’t feel like I can be myself, and you’re the first person I’m telling,'” the singer said. “That is still a lot of people’s reality. So if a kid feels like they can walk a little taller because of something I sang, I’m inspired by that.”
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Who doesn’t love this song? Iris is Bridget’s middle name. Named after Liam’s Grandma but after naming her, I’ve discovered that Iris was the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology. The song makes a lot more sense if you’ve seen City of Angels. Well, it did to me at least.
*Ok, so I ran out of songs that have actual flowers in the titles. I mean, there are others but none that I can think of that I love as much as these so rather than an actual flower name, the last three just mention ‘flowers’ in the title instead.*
Dead Flowers – Miranda Lambert
Miranda wrote this song herself and when interviewed about the lyrics said “I was about to go record right after Valentine’s Day and I had gotten roses and they were so pretty, but I had to throw them out because they get really nasty. I figured by the time I get back, they’ll be dead, so I just threw them in the yard. I was packing my bags and I thought, man, that’s sad. Those beautiful flowers are just wasted. I also leave my Christmas lights up all the time, because… I don’t know, why not? And I looked out there and they were kind of hanging off the porch like they needed to be redone I wrote that song in 20 minutes and I’m very proud of it”
Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran wrote this raw, emotional song as a tribute to his grandmother, Anne on the day she died. It was Anne who inspired both Ed and his brother Matthew, a classical composer, to pursue a career in music. There’s not much I can say about this. It’s a soft, poignant, song and perfectly captures the going through the motions as soon as someone passes. When you start to ‘tidy up’ becasue you don’t really know what else to do.
The Flowers – Regina Spektor
I love the piano in this and her unique voice. We actually had a Regina Spektor song at our wedding(not this one). An unusual choice you might think but then we don’t exactly follow traditions. We only had about 30 people there including us. Liam wore jeans and I wore cowboy boots. It was more about marriage than the wedding.
This song is about trying to come to terms with the end of a relationship and not quite wanting to accept it.
The lyrics “The flowers you gave me are rotting and still, I refuse to throw them away. Some of the bulbs never opened quite fully they might so I’m waiting and staying awake” speaks of the potential that the relationship still had and so she doesn’t just want to throw it away.
So that’s it. I little glimpse into my somewhat eclectic music taste. This has been fun. I might do more music-themed posts in the future. Maybe I’ll get some other bloggers to join in. Ooh yeah, I’ve just had a brilliant idea!! More on that another time.
What’s your favourite flowers related song? Ring around the roses does not count, by the way!