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Wildflower

by

Skylark



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This is the very first song that Canadian-born producer David Foster played on in his band Skylark with Donny Gerrard. It is one of the most popular songs to come from Canada and has been covered by the O'Jays, the Neville Brothers and Color Me Badd (in a version produced by David Foster). Skylark released only two albums, but Foster went on to become a hugely successful songwriter and producer. Foster did not write this song - it was written by Doug Edwards and David Richardson. (thanks, Sara - Silver Spring, MD)
Dave Richardson was a Canadian police officer at the time he wrote the lyrics for this song. The words were originally a poem written for his girl friend, which he passed on to his close friend David Foster. Richardson explained his lyrical inspiration in an interview: "In 1970 I was dating a nurse, whom I would eventually marry in 1971 (it only lasted four years, though - we were both not ready for such a commitment). One night I went to pick her up at her apartment, as we had planned on going out. When she opened the door I saw that she was upset to the point of tears. She still had a housecoat on and had her hair wrapped in a towel after a shower. She told me that two elderly ladies she had been caring for in the hospital had died that day at work, and she felt terribly sad about it, as she had come to know them fairly well over a period of time. Anyway, she more or less vented her feelings and I just listened. After she was finished, she thanked me for listening, and said she would get ready for our date. She went into the bedroom and closed the door, and I sat and watched TV waiting for her to come out. When she didn't return, I knocked on the door but she didn't answer, so I went in to find her fast asleep on the bed, still in her housecoat and with the towel still wrapped around her head. I guess she was just exhausted after her emotional day. So, I put a blanket over her, being careful not to wake her, and went home and wrote the song in about fifteen minutes or so. It was absolutely inspired. I have always felt that all I did was hold the pen in my hand, and that God did the writing.

The 'Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken' part, refers to when I put the blanket over her. 'The way she's always paying, for a debt she never owes…' - It wasn't her fault that the two ladies had died, and yet she felt so badly for them that she was crying." ( Source Davidfoster.net)
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Comments (5):

On June 30th 1973, Skylark performed "Wildflower" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Four months earlier on February 11th, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; and May 20th, 1973 it peaked at #9 (for 1 week) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
And on the day the group appeared on 'Bandstand' the song was in its 20th week on the Top 100 and at position #33...
It reached #10 in their native Canadian RPM Top Singles chart.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
A remake was also done by the R&B Group, NewBirth in 1974. That version has been sampled and mimicked by R&B and Hip-Hop Artists, Jamie Foxx and the group, Somethin for the People.
- MarkAntney, Biloxi, MS
When I was a little girl very early teen I wrote a song titled Wildflower. The words are an exact copy to the Dave Richardson version. I don't know what magical power would have two minds scratching out the exact poem on the ends of their pencils. I was always running for the dictionary checking for correct spellings and finding the words that I wanted in each of my poems so it took me longer than 15 minutes! Yea lots longer because I was crying sobbing between verses. My Wildflower was my own personal emotions of my thus far life! I finished my exact copy of the world known words to Wildflower and I did what would be one of my greatest debt I never owed! I mailed my Wildflower poem to a supposed music company! My poem was mailed back to me with a fancy document saying that this was not what they were looking for at this time. "Thank-you But we are not interested." I think Dave Richardson and I have met in the worst of circumstances. I have this dream being still a child that we can one day meet again - converse comply admit discuss confess agree make amends. I have cried being a lady! The rain has fallen swelling my eyes to closure! Wanting wanting wanting to hear my my name out of silence also near next to Wildflower! Wow!
- Linda White, Rock Hill, SC
One of the best blues songs of all time.
- Lou, Athens, Greece
This is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
- Brian, Paris, TX
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