Our Lady Peace


That song was called Sunflower when we first started recording it. It almost had a Doors feel, and then I got a Police vibe out of the bridge. For that song the whole idea was trying to get the drums to feed the vocal rather than to be a standout part. We wanted to set a vibe for the psychedelic verse and then get in-your-face for the chorus.- Jeremy Taggart, Modern Drummer, Feb. 1998

I was trying to write a story about an ex-girlfriend I thought was really creative and artistic. Things just didn’t work out between us. It was a simple story. I don’t know why, but it felt really Doors-y to us. I’m not a huge fan of the Doors, I can appreciate Morrison, I guess, but it’s just not my thing, but everyone liked that song.

The chorus I always loved because it had an aggression and an energy to it, but it was another one of those things where it took me a while to find my place. Even the guitar licks and getting that song to sit right. It was kind of tough in the studio and I remember it took a while compared to other songs. It was a bit of a struggle. I don’t really hear it now, it’s one of those things where you get far enough away from it, it feels pretty natural, but it was never at the top of the list for us and again it became a single. [Laughs]- Raine Maida, CBC, 21 Mar. 2014


Hope climbs atop of the piano reaching out towards the warmth of the sun
Some man tries to ask her down, well now maybe that's where she belongs
"My God," she said, "I'm the sunflower that wants"
"My God," he said, "this woman is gone"
Into the dark, is there anybody there?

"My God," she said

He climbed up top to find that she was slipping
Let her go, let her go, let her go, let me go
How long must they leave before they're winning?
They don't know, they don't know, they just don't know

If she can't be there I know it's best that
Nothing is denied
If you can't be there I know it's best that everyone change sides

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