"Petals" as written by Mariah Carey, James Samuel Iii Harris, Terry Steven Lewis and James Quenton Wright....
I've often wondered if there's ever been a perfect family
I've always longed for undividedness and sought stability

A flower taught me how to pray
But as I grew, that flower changed
She started flaying in the wind
Like golden petals scattering

And I miss you dandelion
And even love you
And I wish there was a way
For me to trust you
But it hurts me every time
I try to touch you

But I miss you dandelion
And even love you

I gravitated towards a patriarch so young predictably
I was resigned to spend my life within a maze of misery

A boy and a girl befriended me
We're bonded through despondency
I stayed so long but finally
I fled to save my sanity
And I miss you little sis
And Little brother
And I hope you realize
I'll always love you
(Always love you)
And although you're struggling
You will recover (we're gonna make it maybe)
And I miss you little sis and little brother

So many I considered
Closest to me
Turned on a dime and sold me
Out dutifully
Although that knife was chipping
Away at me
They turned their eyes away and
Went home to sleep
(Sleep) (Sleep) (Sleep)

And I missed a lot of life
But I'll recover
Though I know you really like
To see me suffer
Still I wish that you and I'd
Forgive each other
'Cause I miss you, Valentine
And really loved you

I really loved you
(I guess I loved you)
I tried so hard
But you drove me away
To preserve my sanity

And I found the strength to break away


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"Petals" as written by James Samuel Iii Harris Mariah Carey

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    General CommentIt's been rumored that the 'dandelion' is Mariah's older sister Alison, who had problems with drug abuse, got pregnant at an early age, etc. "Valentine" was Tommy Mottola's old stage name when he sang (YES, he did. ha ha I have no idea if he was good in any way). The "boy and girl" are harder to figure out.

    The song is about the fact that, although Mariah loves these people, the circumstances between them have made things difficult.
    EyesOnlyon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI HATE MARIAH CAREY! but i love this song... so sad but so true...
    asilbaby23on May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song I think is about the time in her life when she was all confused about her relationship with everyone. Especially when she was getting divorced to Tommy Mottola. It is really nice but it sounds like she is going to die or something.
    Queen_Victoriaon September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think Mariah wrote this about all the issues in her life, from being a bi-racial child growing up, getting teased, her parents divorcing and her family being split apart...the part about the dandelion, i think that represents her growing up and losing her innocence, like most of us do. The "patriarch" is her marriage to tommy mottola, and i heard that the boy and girl in the song are really tommy's kids that he already had from a previous marriage. So she's saying that she grew close to them and loved them, but she had to leave because she.."fled to save my sanity". The best part in the song is the end.."and i missed alotta life, but i'll recover, though i know you really like to see me suffer, still i wish that you and i could forgive each other, cause i miss you valentine, and really loved you..." I find this song so true and courageous of mariah, she took very personal things from her life and shared it with her fans and the world. I love all her music and find her to be one of the greatest artists ever.
    miss_opinion101on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI thought 'Dandelion' was referring to her rocky relationship with her Mother? Are the boy and girl not referring to her brother and sister?
    bluegemstoneon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Flower = Dandelion = Mariah's Sister

    I'm quite sure of that.
    urbank1don June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that most of the comments above are right, I've read somewhere else that she talks about Tommy Mottola here, his children, and Mariah's sister.
    This must be the song the most shockingly moving ever for me, because I used to listen to it all the time in such a painful situation that still lingers on.
    Back in 2000 I was having "true" friends for the first time (a little "sis" and a little "brother"); and then suddenly felt abandoned by them, not only that but betrayed as well...the people I loved the most were somehow the ones that turned the knife inside of me.

    "So many I considered
    Closest to me
    Turned on a dime and sold me
    Out dutifully
    Although that knife was chipping
    Away at me
    They turned their eyes away and
    Went home to sleep ... "

    They probably don't even know they hurt me so bad.
    And then I also cried at the fact that it's been so long since I've been living a life deprived of so much things...I spent so many years doing little more than studying and getting caught up in the worries of becoming a lawyer, that I simply forget to live. And I've got so many regrets about the person I became later, and the people that I lost along the way, probably because of myself...
    "And I missed a lot of life
    But l'II recover
    Though I know you really like
    To see me suffer
    Still I wish that you and I'd
    Forgive each other
    'Cause I miss you, Valentine
    And really loved you..."

    Still, the only thing that drives me is the hope that one day I will recover...I will be the unspoiled person that I used to be...but who knows...
    And how badly I wish I could forgive them, especially the one that mistreated me the most...and how I would like him to see that I always loved him, probably more than anyone else...I need to forgive to move on, and I desperately need to feel at peace with myself for once.

    *I love Petals - thank you Mariah*
    Gabigson August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe boy and girl are referring to tommy mottola's kids, whom she became really close to them during her marriage to tommy, but couldn't see them anymore after the divorce.
    crash0on December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful and moving song. I think it is about (in order)
    Being born into a muli-racial family
    Her sister
    Creepy Tommy Mottola
    His Children
    Her Brother & Sister
    friends who have deserted her...
    and creepy Mottola again
    so yeah, pretty much what everybody else has said. Incredible song though!
    izzo23on May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's the scoop on this song:
    The flower is Allison (her sister)
    The patriarch is Tommy, and little sis and little brother are his son and daughter.
    The people who turned on her are just referring to many ppl, like her friend Jennifer, and yea about breaking away.
    Blondihesson January 12, 2007   Link

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