Automatic Flowers

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"Automatic Flowers"
Automatic FLowers.jpg
Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album
Released July 14, 1997[1]
Format Promo-only CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock
Length 4:05
Label Columbia 1271
Writer(s) Raine Maida, Arnold Lanni
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 July 1997 as the third single from their second studio album, Clumsy.

Background and writing[edit]

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, 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
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 29
Canada Alternative Top 30 (RPM) 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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