If I Could Divide the Smell of Flowers

Album: How I Want To LIve: The Catman Chronicles 2 (2006)

Songfacts®:

  • Cohen claims he woke up one morning from a dream in which he heard a sexy woman's voice asking him the question, "How do we divide the smell of flowers?" Inspired by that strange question, Cohen sat down and wrote the song in a single morning.
  • The swirling ending with overlapping vocals was inspired by The Beach Boys hit "God Only Knows." Annette Lum, wife of engineer/guitarist James Lum, sang on the end.
  • A florist in Minnesota plays the song at his store daily and believes it inspires customers to buy more flower arrangements.
  • Cohen's father used to say: "Flowers should be for the living but most people never receive them until they are dead." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Arnie - Los Angeles, CA, for all above

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