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In a nice coincidence (though I’ve been reading Robert Anton Wilson lately and am tempted to yell synchronicity), my music player gave me Flower by Liz Phair (the better version, from Girlysounds) and followed it up with Marigold by Nirvana. They’re both slow, quiet songs (and Flower has the added bonus of being delicously obscene).

It got me wondering — how many flower-related songs do I have that are slow and quiet? The answer, surprisingly, is all but one of them. If this were the 80s I’d have to make a mix tape of them, but apparently blog posts are the modern version of the mix tape.

That’s a decently-large run of songs, and Tom Waits is apparently a big fan of the sub-sub-genre. It’s pretty damn funny that so many artists thought “Hm, flowers are beautiful, pretty, and uplifting, so I’ll be outrĂ© by writing a morose song about them. My soul is so dark!” I’ll have to give the last words of this post over to the Rolling Stone, who recognized this for what it is:

For another [pitfall], there’s the inevitable song about the serial killer who dresses up as a clown, which symbolizes nothing about American life except the existence of creative-writing workshops.


  1. If you have Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads, you could add “Where the wild roses grow” to the list. It’s fairly slow and quiet.

    If you don’t have it, going by the rest of the list, you’d probably like it.

  2. Hey, you were right. I obtained Nick Cave’s back catalog in an entirely legitimate way and it’s a darn good song. I’m enjoying his music, though it’s annoying when he sings in monotone (Henry Lee is an example).

  3. Hey, I wouldn’t question your methods :)…

    Glad you liked it. I dug out Murder Ballads myself the other day, it does have ups and downs. If I had to listen to a whole album, I’d probably go with The Boatman’s Call or The Good Son instead. But I think there’s probably the odd song I’d like to skip over on those too.

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