"Sunflower" as written by and Austin Richard Post Khalif Brown....
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy (ooh)
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh (ooh)
Ayy, ayy
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Needless to say, I keep her in check
She was a bad bad, nevertheless (yeah)
Callin' it quits now, baby, I'm a wreck (ayy)
Crash at my place, baby, you're a wreck (ayy)
Needless to say, I'm keepin' her in check
She was a bad bad, nevertheless
Callin' it quits now, baby, I'm a wreck
Crash at my place, baby, you're a wreck
Thinkin' in a bad way, losin' your grip
Screamin' at my face, baby, don't trip
Someone took a big L, don't know how that felt
Lookin' at you sideways, party on tilt
Ooh, some things you just can't refuse
She wanna ride me like a cruise
And I'm not tryna lose

Then you're left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're a sunflower
I think your love would be too much
Or you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
You're the sunflower

Every time I'm leavin' on ya (ooh)
You don't make it easy, no, no (no)
Wish I could be there for ya
Give me a reason to (to, to)
Oh, every time I'm walkin' out (ayy)
I can hear you tellin' me to turn around
Fightin' for my trust and you won't back down
Even if we gotta risk it all right now, oh (now)
I know you're scared of the unknown (known)
You don't wanna be alone (alone)
I know I always come and go (and go)
But it's out of my control

And you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
I think your love would be too much
Or you'll be left in the dust
Unless I stuck by ya
You're the sunflower
You're the sunflower
(Yeah)


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"Sunflower" as written by William Walsh Austin Richard Post

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +6
    Song MeaningSo the general meaning of this song is both subtle and strong but packed with meaning.
    Sway Lee’s verse talks about how he has a big amount of money to keep a girl as well as sexual pleasures. But he didn’t take the relationship seriously. She left him and it hurt, but he continuously plays down her feelings like “screaming at my face baby don’t trip” his lack of affection is a big deal for her and he’s telling her to just calm down. She loved him and he didn’t care too much about it. “Someone too a L, don’t know how that felt.” She lost. Not him...

    Whereas Posty is a little bit deeper. He basically says that he’s always gone and he feels bad about not being around. He knows that there’s a constant tug of war between his career and his lover. The correct quote is: “fighting for my trust and you won’t back down, even if we gotta risk it all right now.” Which there he means: that there was trouble in the relationship leading to lack of trust. When he’s not there’s it’s impossible for his lover to know what’s up with him. She doesn’t feel important. But regardless he is stating the option to “risk it all” and either quit his career and choose her or risk losing her and keep his career.
    Sway Lee is talking about being with a girl just sexually whereas Posty is diving deeper into the roots about his struggles with love.
    The chorus and song title reference the word “Sunflower” as a metaphor for this type of woman. A sunflower is a happy joyous plant that requires the perfect amount of sun and care all the time. Sway Lee’s words could be similar to just watering the plant... keeping it going but only to see it die quickly. Like it’s not the most important thing. He just waters this flower when he can remember to. Whereas Posty’s words are talking about the sun’s rays and nutrients. If post chose her, he’d have to give it the perfect amount of sun, nutrients, water, the soil would have to be perfect. A very high maintenance type of care routine.

    “You’ll be left in the dust unless I stuck by you.”- if you just leave a plant there after you plant it it couldn’t survive on it’s own.

    “You’re a sunflower, I think your love would be too much.”- you’re a needy flower, you require too much time and attention and it’s too much for me.

    “You’re a sunflower” vs “you’re the sunflower.” -there’s always one person in a relationship who tends to be the more affectionate/needs affection type of perfection.

    Bottom line is, you can’t grow a garden when you rarely tend to it. Either put the effort into making it grow, or let someone else take over for you... And don’t be like Sway Lee. Don’t waste someone’s time. Same goes for both genders... hearts are not toys.
    FrekkledFoxon October 26, 2018   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI agree with the well written comments here, just one thing to add:

    Sunflowers follow the sun. They'll move with the suns rays to catch more light. I think the artists are considering themselves the sun (and a lot of relationships end up this way, with one person worshiping the other), and the girl is the sunflower since she'll turn to them to get affection no matter the state of the relationship.

    It's a shitty dynamic both for the person who's the subject of affection ("I think your love would be too much") and the person who's so focused on not losing them. No one wins in this kind of relationship.
    lupinationon January 21, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho knew Swae Lee could sing like this!? I mean, I always knew he was a talented rapper but now that he is breaking out of his shell and singing more I am so impressed. I’m loving this collaboration between Post Malone and Swae Lee and I need them to work together more because every time they do, they produce pure gold. This song overall just has the best vibe, it’s fun, it has a catchy beat, and it’s so lighthearted. It’s just a feel good song that you want to sing along to. While the name of the song is sunflower, we all know this song has nothing to do with a flower, it’s about a girl. A mystery girl at that. A girl who is persistent in finding love even if she’s not shown the affection that she deserves. This song begs the question – who are these boys singing about? Do either one of these guys have a secret relationship that we don’t know about?

    Also, can we not ignore the fact that this song is for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, in theaters December 14. First of all, who isn’t a fan of the Spiderman movies. Secondly, who isn’t a fan of Post Malone? This fun, whimsical song will be perfect in Spiderman and I can’t wait to how the song fits into the movie.
    AngelXFlowerson November 08, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSunflower is basically a, 'why we won't work type song.' Sunflower is the relationship. In order to keep a sunflower alive you have to tend to it and give it what it needs to flourish. Like a relationship, you need to give it time and attention to make it last forever. If not the sunflower dies/ relationship ends.

    Being in a relationship with Swae Lee wouldn't work cause he'll never take it as serious as her. He basically just wants to smash. He knows he's capable of loving her the way she should be loved, but would rather make money his main priority over her. He obviously feels something for her cause he's hurt once they split, but that's just not enough for him to change his M.O.B (Money over bitches) frame of mind.

    For Post, who is obviously the true gentleman out of the two, wants to give her what she deserves, but his career takes up all his time. He's torn over the two.
    Doesidoeon February 23, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese lyrics resonate strongly with me personally with a tragedy I experienced through 2017, when my ex partner disappeared with our 7 year Daughter.

    After she wasn't returned to my care and I was unable to locate her or her Father, I entered a state of distress beyond fathomable. I was unable to get assistance through all the usual measures, couldn't return to work and was left isolated and very vulnerable. In addition to this, I began making poor & destructive choices and which included substance abuse to try and cope with the pain and trauma.

    A close friend of mine (well what I believed was close), let me down and hurt me incredibly over this time, which I hold no blame against as my mental state was severely impaired over that period. I am forever remorseful for the consequences experienced by everyone effected, especially those I care deeply for.

    The lyrics "Needless to say I keep her in check" - His bluntless in trying to make me aware of of my behavior & reminding me of our mutual connection.
    "She was a bad bad never less" - My circumstances at time.
    "Then your left in the dust, unless I stuck by ya" - Acknowledgment of his lack of help and support when he was all I had and where that ultimately left me. The things that happened as a result.
    "Your a sunflower, I think your love would be too much" - Naturally I am very bright and happy person, perceived as possibly too full on for him.

    Very sad but beautiful song which reminds me of these dark days. <3
    thebigseaon August 29, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll of the interpretations here are either wrong or lack clarity.

    The chorus is the guys lying to themselves, telling themselves the girl is just a sunflower.

    But she's a special kind of sunflower.

    Sunflowers, while common (the verses contradict the idea that she's common), are also resilient.

    Also, they're calling each of their girls a "sunflower" trying to get the girls to leave them, but by this time "sunflower" has a new meaning, something common has become something much more:

    "I think your love would be too much"

    "Fightin' for my trust and you won't back down
    Even if we gotta risk it all right now"
    lightbornon December 13, 2019   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI meant to say, "something common has become something much more, something beautiful."
    lightbornon December 13, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfuck
    MaxpowerSupremeon February 11, 2020   Link
  • 0
    Song FactSunflowers are seen as a very spiritual flower.
    they are like the symbol for faith and trust.
    Just thought i would share a fact about sunflowers.
    Idk why
    meh potatoon September 05, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my diagnosis, the narrator of the song called the girl he was dating "a bad bad," which means she was unfaithful. So, he's considering leaving her after she cheated on him. But, he still loves her and she's not making it easy for him to call it quits. She still wants to work on their relationship. Her "love would he too much" artistically expresses what it's like for someone to strongly fight for your love even though they've broken your trust.
    Sammy Shawon March 17, 2020   Link

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