Flowers & Music: Flowers in Song Titles

Flowers permeate every part of our lives. They take center stage in all of our life-changing events from births, to weddings and even death. They give us beauty, joy, peace and appease us with their incredible scents.

So it’s not surprising that they have found their way into another aspect of our lives….


Songs with flowers in the title are far from rare; Folk, jazz, hip-hop, rock… no genre is flower specific. Here are a few great songs worth lending your ear to. Enjoy!

The Blackest Lily- Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae, a British singer-songwriter and guitarist, named this song after The Black Lily, a nighttime soirée orchestrated by drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. She explains: “He’d get a chef to come to his house, and Jill Scott and Erykah Badu and the rest of The Roots would come along. All the Philadelphia scene would jam and hang out and have food. I thought, I’d love to be a part of a community like that. Am I part of a scene like that, or do I feel a bit on my own? And I just liked the image of the blackest lily.”

Roses From My Friends- Ben Harper

It is said that Ben Harper, an American singer-songwriter and musician, was inspired to write this song during a visit in Istanbul. Whist he was emerged in Turkish culture, Harper heard a poem written by Pir Sultan Abdal, a 15th century poet who rebelled against the Ottoman Empire. The following verse inspired “Roses for my friends:”

The stones of the strangers never fell on me

But the rose of a friend hurts me

Pir Sultan Abdal was sentenced to be stoned to death for his defiant ways; however, it is said that the people threw roses in place of rocks.

Lilac Wine – Katie Melua

Lilac Wine” was written by James Shelton (words and music) in 1950. Its compelling lyrics quickly gained the song much recognition. It has been covered by the likes on Nina Simone, Elkie Brooks, Jeff Buckley and most recently by Uk’s sensation, Katie Melua.

Sunflower – Lenny Kravitz ft. Drake

Lenny Kravitz recruited Canadian rapper Drake for this feel-good track. Kravitz is recorded telling Billboard magazine: “I got on the phone with Drake before he had even heard the track and he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it. I’m a fan and I love your work and I would love to be on it.’ So that was cool.”

Blue Orchid – The White Stripes

The White Stripes featured the musical genius of Jack White and Meg White. Their music featured a melding of punk rock and blues influences and a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance. In an NPR interview, Jack White referred to “Blue Orchid” as the song that saved the album. The song was a chart sensation and reached #1 in Canada.

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  5. Dave says:

    The only singer to have major chart success with the song ” Lilac Wine” is the U.K.s finest female singer ELKIE BROOKS.


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