Automatic Flowers

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"Automatic Flowers"
Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album
Released July 14, 1997[1]
Format Promo-only CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Post-grunge
Length 4:05
Label Columbia 1271
Writer(s) Raine Maida
Producer(s) Arnold Lanni
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"Automatic Flowers"

"Automatic Flowers" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace. It was released in 1997 as the third single from their second studio album, Clumsy.


In writing the song, Raine Maida began by thinking about a woman who lived alone in her apartment. The woman has little going on in her life, and the apartment is dingy, without much of a view. She has boxes from her childhood, and one day she takes out a pop-up book and opens it to a garden with pop-up flowers. Whenever she wants to cheer herself up, she opens the book. Maida puts only traces of the entire history in the lyrics.

Music video[edit]

For the first time, Our Lady Peace self-directed their music video for this song. The video was filmed on July 15 of 1997 and consists of the band playing in a dimly lit room (a rehearsal space in Toronto).[2][3] The video reached the #1 spot on the Muchmusic countdown on October 15, 1997.[1] In 1998 it was ranked #47 for Muchmusic's favourite videos of all time.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 29
Canadian RPM Alternative Top 30 8


  1. ^ a b c OLP Bandology at
  2. ^ "Our Lady Peace directs its next video" July 26, 1997 article at Jam! Canoe. Retrieved August 1, 2009
  3. ^ Anon (1997). "News Archive" at the Internet Archive. Retrieved September 18, 2009

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