It is interesting to note when a song has the ability to travel unintentionally through multiple generations, eras, and genres. Of course this cannot happen without talented minds to resurrect the song by way of sampling, remaking, interpolating, and in this case, sampling again.

Today’s example is Wildflower, originally performed by Skylark

She’s faced the hardest times you could imagine
And many times her eyes fought back the tears
And when her youthful world was about to fall in
Each time her slender shoulders bore the weight of all her fears
And a sorrow no one hears still rings in midnight silence, in her ears

Let her cry, for she’s a lady
Let her dream, for she’s a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She’s a free and gentle flower, growing wild

And if by chance I should hold her
Let me hold her for a time
But if allowed just one possession
I would pick her from the garden, to be mine

Be careful how you touch her, for she’ll awaken
And sleep’s the only freedom that she knows
And when you walk into her eyes, you won’t believe
The way she’s always paying for a debt she never owes
And a silent wind still blows that only she can hear and so she goes

Let her cry, for she’s a lady
Let her dream, for she’s a child
Let the rain fall down upon her
She’s a free and gentle flower, growing wild

During the 70’s, this beautiful song was replayed, resang, and covered multiple times, covering multiple genres from folk to soul to instrumentalists. A couple of people who covered Wildflower were Hank Crawford, New Birth, The O’Jays, (which have all been sampled) and in more contemporary forms with Lisa Fischer and even Color Me Badd. But today, we focus on the version created by the group Creative Source, which was sampled by Wu-Tang All Stars for their song Soul in the Hole, which was for a soundtrack song for a movie with the same title.

Creative Source – Wild Flower
Creative Source – Wild Flower

Wu-Tang All Stars – Soul in the Hole

Fast forward nearly fifteen years later, we hear the same distinct sample from Soul in the Hole, which was looped from Creative Source‘s solo in their version of Wild Flower. We bring attention to the beautiful and talented Estelle singing her hit song entitled Thank You, written by the ultra famous pop musician Akon.

To bring it full circle, Wild Flower has been a song to transcend eras and genres in a way that few songs have been able to do, and this specific version of Wild Flower has traveled it’s own path that has covered artists from many different realms. From pop icons, to R&B divs, to rugged Hip Hop, to psychedelic soul, to folk, Wild Flower is a song that holds it’s weight and relevance, and will continue to do so for our future generations.

Written by: @Haylow

One comment on “WildFlower: From Skylark, to Creative Source, to Estelle

  1. WildFlower: From Skylark, to Creative Source, to Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) A song that transcends on many levels.

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