Wildflower (Skylark song)

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Single by Skylark
from the album Skylark
B-side"The Writing's on the Wall"
ReleasedFebruary 1973
Length3:11 (Promo Version)
4:12 (Album Version)
  • Doug Edwards
  • David Richardson
Producer(s)Eirik Wangberg
Skylark singles chronology
"What Would I Do Without You"
"I'll Have to Go Away"

"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.

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".

Skylark recording[edit]

Doug Edwards was a member of Skylark, and Dave Richardson was a friend of band member and organizer David Foster. Edwards composed "Wildflower" after reading a poem by Richardson; 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.[1] 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.[1][2] During that period, it was the only radio station in North America to have the song on its playlist.[2] Capitol decided to release it 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.[2] The song proved to be extremely popular in Canada as well; it ultimately peaked at #10 on the RPM Top Singles chart,[3] and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[4] 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.[5] Ultimately, it was their only single to chart in the United States.

The song was #68 in RPM Magazine's Top 100 CanCon songs 1964-1996.[6]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Words and Music for "Wildflower" were written by Douglas Edwards and Thomas David Richardon. The song was originally published in the key of D Minor and starts with Dm, Dm/C, G/B, Gm/Bb, Am, A, Dm, Dm/C, G/B, G, C7sus, C7, F, A, Dm, Dm/C, G/B, Bb chord progression with 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...". The tempo of the score is "Slowly".[7]

Chart history[edit]

Other versions[edit]

"Wildflower" has been covered by many artists, including:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Foster, David; Fenjves, Pablo F. (2008). Hit Man. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 57–60. ISBN 978-1-439-10306-7.
  2. ^ a b c Freedland, Nat (September 15, 1973). "Skylark flying on 'Flower" Power". Billboard. p. 17. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "RPM Top Singles Chart, May 19, 1973". RPM. May 19, 1973. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "RPM Adult Contemporary Chart, May 26, 1973". RPM. May 26, 1973. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia: Skylark". Canadian Online Explorer. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 CanCon Tracks - June 24, 1996" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Skylark 'Wildflower' Sheet Music". freshsheetmusic.com. 2023-06-02. Retrieved 2023-06-02.
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100, Week of May 26, 1973". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. __.
  10. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles of 1973". bac-lac.gc.ca. RPM. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1973 - Billboard Year End Charts". bobborst.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ "The Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1973". tropicalglen.com. Cash Box. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  13. ^ Wildflower, info, covered 2010
  14. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Chart, February 22, 1986". RPM. February 22, 1986. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  15. ^ "Repertoire Search:Wildflower". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  16. ^ Lively, Tarron (August 29, 2005). "Register a hit for Kanye West". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  17. ^ "All 289 Eminem Songs, Ranked:84. "No One's Iller"". Spin. October 27, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ "The Making Of Drake's "Thank Me Later"". Complex. June 15, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  19. ^ "30 Songs You Didn't Know Were Samples". Vibe. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2016.

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