Skylark – “Wildflower”

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This is one of those songs that you hear and want to listen to over and over again.  Although many of us may not be music critics, we have an ear for great songs.  Donny Gerrard’s voice gave this song a deep sensual, sexual, romantic touch. Each lyric was sang with such passion and his expressions leaves the listener in love.  He doesn’t over sing his lyrics and the band doesn’t overshadow his voice. This is simply a great song that should have peaked higher than it did in the USA.

Please click on the link for songfacts and read the comment by Linda White from Rock Hill, Sc., it will leave you scratching your head.

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Wildflower” is a song written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson in 1972. First performed by the Canadian band Skylark, it has been covered by many artists and more recently has been sampled in a number of hip hop songs. Released in 1972 on the album titled “Skylark,” the song peaked at #9 on the US Billboard charts.

The title, “Wildflower”, is not mentioned in the song. The closest line to the title occurs as the final line of the repeated chorus: “She’s a free and gentle flower growing wild”.

Doug Edwards was a member of Skylark, and Dave Richardson was a friend of band member and organizer David Foster. “Wildflower” was a song that Edwards composed after reading Richardson’s poem; the song was included on the band’s demo tape. Barry De Vorzon, by 1972 an established music business name, heard the demo tape and was convinced that the song would be a big hit. After the demo was rejected by several studios, an executive at Capitol Records signed the band and the song — with Donny Gerrard doing the vocal — was included on their eponymous first album. The initial single released from the album was not successful. Rosalie Trombley, a music director at CKLW, a Canadian radio station in Windsor, Ontario, played “Wildflower”, at that time an album cut, repeatedly for three months in an effort to satisfy the Canadian government’s requirements for Canadian content. During that period, it was the only radio station in North America to have the song on its playlist. Capitol decided to release the song in neighboring Detroit as a regional release, where it became a huge soul hit before breaking out nationally and crossing over to the pop charts. Eventually “Wildflower” spent 21 weeks on the Billboard pop chart. The song proved to be extremely popular in Canada as well; it ultimately peaked at number 10 on the RPM Top Singles chart and number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Total sales of the single exceeded one million copies, and it was included on their second album as well, at the request of Capitol Records executives who sought to capitalize on the song’s success. Ultimately, the song was their only single to chart in the United States.

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 Song Lyrics –

 She’s faced the hardest times, you could imagine
And many times her eyes fought back the tears
And when her youthful world, was about to fall in
Each time her slender shoulders
Bore the weight of all her fears
And a sorrow no one hears
Still rings in midnight silence, in her ears

Let her cry, for she’s a lady (she’s a lady)
Let her dream, for she’s a child (child)
Let the rain fall down upon her
She’s a free and gentle flower, growing wild

And if by chance I should hold her (if by chance that I should hold her)
Let me hold her for a time (let me hold her for a time)
But if allowed just one possession
I would pick her from the garden, to be mine
(I would pick her from the garden, to be mine)

Be careful how you touch her, for she’ll awaken
And sleep’s the only freedom that she knows
And when you walk into her eyes, you won’t believe
The way she’s always paying
For a debt she never owes
And a silent wind still blows
That only she can hear and so she goes

Let her cry, for she’s a lady
Let her dream, for she’s a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She’s a free and gentle flower, growing wild

Let her cry, for she’s a lady (she’s a lady)
Let her dream, for she’s a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She’s a free and gentle flower, growing wild
She’s a flower growing wild

Writer/s: David Richardson, Doug Edwards
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7 thoughts on “Skylark – “Wildflower”

    1. I hear it often on SiriusXM 70s. It is such a beautifully written song with the perfect choice of music. I am not sure what to think about the lady’s comments on Songfacts. If this song is truly her song that she wrote as a poem and submitted, it is truly a shame.

      I hope you are having a great day and you and your family are doing well.

      1. You never know who is commenting…
        We are doing well and I hope you and your family are doing well…I’ve been extrememly busy at work but that is a good thing…I have a job.

        1. That is a true statement!

          So happy you and your family are doing well.
          We are all doing well, but it is busy at work for me too! I take it as a blessing because I could be on the other end of the spectrum. I too am grateful to have a job. My heart goes out to all of the other people who are out of work.

      2. I replied but it vanished. I hope you and your family are doing well also. Im just extremely busy but I guess that is good because I still have a job.

        You never know who is commenting…if they are real or not…