Coming Up Daisy
is a fictional movie within the movie Burn After Reading
, but it has nothing to do with this song.
In a Songfacts interview with Kate Davis
, she explained that when her father was dying of brain cancer, her sister asked him what she should name her child. He suggested some lovely, flowery names, like Daisy. When she asked him what Kate should name her child (should she ever have one), he replied, "Volcano."
"These floral names that were easy to digest gave me this idea for creating this expectation of what my dad wanted for his kids," Davis said. "'Daisy' represented all of the things we needed to achieve to help promote his legacy.
So it ended up being a word to describe the experience once you've lost someone. It's good and bad, it's hard and easy. It's total self-destruction, it's total empowerment. It's the experience of loss in a word, which I know is very abstract and strange, but it also represents the potential I have for my future, whether it is that I have a child, or if I can have a career I think he'd be proud of. It's just all of those things in one word."