Monday, December 07, 2009

Wildflower Moment

Wildflower - Skylark

Verse 1:
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
Let her dream, for she's a 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
Let me hold her for a time
But if allowed just one possession
I would pick her from the garden to be mine

Verse 2:
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

Repeat Chorus

I knew when I heard Lisa Fischer sing the song Wildflower that it was a remake from another artist. I just didn't know who. The original artist of Wildflower was the group Skylark. Just like Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time, Wildflower it turns out became one of the most remade songs by various artists. Over fifty different artists have remade the song according to this site. Johnny Mathis (no video on YouTube exists...would love to hear his version) and The O'Jays were among the first to do so. Even rap artist Tupac used it as a sample on Shorty Wanna Be A Thug.

Hearing a few of the different renditions, including original recipe Skylark, I have to say that Lisa Fischer's version is the one that I liked the best. It just has that edge in it and Luther's brief cameo in it put the cherry on top. Mmm cherries. Time for some Cherry Vanilla ice cream.



Blogger Toy Couture said...

I never knew this. I've got to go find shkylarks version now! Thanks for sharing

5:20 AM, December 12, 2009  

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