Let Her Cry For She’s A Lady….
“Wildflower” is a song written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson in 1972. First performed by the Canadian band Skylark, it has been covered by many artists and more recently has been sampled in a number of hip hop songs.
The title, “Wildflower“, is not mentioned in the song. The closest line to the title occurs as the final line of the repeated chorus: “She’s a free and gentle flower growing wild”.
“Wildflower” has been covered by many artists, including Color Me Badd, Hank Crawford, Johnny Mathis, Lisa Fischer, Gary Morris, New Birth, The O’Jays, Marlena Shaw, Lana Wolf, and Silk. The Gary Morris version of the song was released as a single in 1986, and reached number 21 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart in February of that year. The Hank Crawford recording of “Wildflower” was sampled by Tupac Shakur on his song “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug” and by Kanye West and Paul Wall on their song “Drive Slow”; This track was used by a young Eminem on The Slim Shady EP in 1997 with the track “No One’s Iller”. The Hank Crawford cover was also more recently sampled by Boi-1da on the Lil Wayne Feature “Miss Me” from labelmate Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later and in 2009 by J. Cole for his track “Dreams” from his mixtape The Warm Up.