"Sunflower" as written by and Paul John Weller....
when they found your body
giant X's on your eyes
with your half of the ransom
you bought some sweet, sweet, sweet
sweet sunflowers
and gave them to the night

underneath the star of david
a hundred years behind my eyes
and with my half of the ransom
i bought some sweet, sweet, sweet
sweet sunflowers
and gave them to the night
sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers x 4
and gave them to the night

Lyrics submitted by WastedYouth

"Sunflower" as written by Eric H. Faust Bernard U. Zoller

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    General CommentI read a book about the Holocaust called Sunflowers. Quote from Amazon: "Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves."
    Annsteron April 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the lull after something big has happened, that sort of "What now?" kind of despair.
    ChildOfTheNighton March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI take this song to have more than just its literal meaning of a person buying flowers. The lyrics seem deeper than just that.

    The speaker seems to be talking to a good friend, his partner in crime if you will. Their lives were constantly intertwined and in the end those memories were their ransom; making life more bearable they delivered each other out of the darkness. The speaker's other half died, possibly by suicide, either way his friend cashed out his life buying the sunflowers, which could stand for the happiness/love he yearned to feel or bliss to simply end it all. Giving them to the night is where he fell into death. He gave everything up for death.

    The Star of David is also known as "the shield of David." The speaker has been living under this shield for what feels like 100 years and he finally felt that it was his time to die. He did as his friend did and gave everything he lived for to death. He continues to compare himself to his dead friend to show how similar they were and how lost he was without him.


    The references to the Star of David could have it relate to the Holocaust. One died during while the other escaped and survived to live on missing his other half. In the end it didn't matter because death comes no matter what.

    But that’s just what I think.
    ComicFreak86on April 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWow. I just love this song.

    I picture soulmates, maybe an elderly married couple ("100 years"), and the surviving member's despair after the passing of his other half. Her life/presence was a beautiful thing to him (sunflowers) and now she is dead and that beauty just disappears into darkness. In despair, he follows suit and gives his life/love/hope to the night as well (an actual or metaphorical death?).

    I love the imagery of ransom. Two people held hostage by each other and the ransom is only paid when they release one another in the act of their own death. Brilliant!!!
    nachosgrandeon October 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an incredible song.
    a town like parison November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti totally agree! i cant believe nobody has heard of Low!
    Maerajon December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdepressing, but great!
    clairebabyon May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, but I really wish I knew what it meant. It doesn't seem like it'd be all that difficult, but I really can't place an exact meaning on it.

    Lightbluenesson July 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe reference to the star of david confuses me. as a jewish symbol, this is a very wierd context . I love the song though.
    Birdyon October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song always made me think of concentration camps. Thats probably not what its about, but its as good a guess as any
    wildgravityon February 09, 2006   Link

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