Video: Skylark – Wildflower

 

Skylark

 

From left to right: Duris Maxwell, B.J.Cook, David Foster, Norm MacPherson, Donny Gerrard

Skylark was David Foster’s first band, based in Canada.

The band formed from one of Ronnie Hawkins’ backup groups and signed with Capitol Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1972 which spawned three singles. The group disbanded after the lukewarm reception of their second album, 2, and its members achieved mixed success in other projects.

Their biggest single, Wildflower (a number one hit in Canada, making Billboard’s top 10, and selling over a million copies) was written by guitarist Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson (then a Victoria police officer), and is an excellent early example of the soon-to-be ubiquitous power ballad, featuring a strong, emotional lead vocal, a blend of electric guitar, strings and harp, distinctive ‘slow dance’ percussion, and almost gospel background vocals.

This is the “Wildflower” videoclip which shows a young, slim, in-love David walking on a beach !

Related links: Exclusive interview with lyricist Dave Richardson with the whole story and some interesting episodes related to David and the band.

25 Replies to “Video: Skylark – Wildflower”

  1. Can you tell me what happened to Donny Gerrard? I absolutely love this song and he had such a sexy soulful voice. I saw the Skylark video on YouTube from the Midnight Special in 1973 and you can tell just how much he put into this song emotionally. My all time favorite. Is he still singing?

  2. In my opinion, “Wildflower” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I have a copy by Skylark on a 45 RPM. Actually, the song reminds me a great deal of my own life. My early years and adult life. I was 34 years old when It came out. It was years before I knew who it was recorded by. I searched and searched to find the record. It was a perfect blend of lyrics and music, and singer. It doesn’t get better than that. Needless to say, I love the song.

  3. I am looking for music for Wildflower. We ae try8ing to do it but ned to see some music for some of the chord changes. song bings many memeories back.
    MItch chagnon

  4. I have searched and searched for tabs of Wildflower, and although I have seen many request it in some form or another, I have YET to find it anywhere. There is a youtube video of a guy in england covering the tune, but I do not think he quite has it down. I do not plan anything other than to play it for my wife and possibly for my nephews wedding……So if there is any chance of getting the chords for this beautiful tune, I would appreciate it immensely.
    Thank you in advance.

  5. I love this song my mom would play it every Sunday. This song took us thru some very rough times. I thank the band for this song. It is beatiful and has continue to touch me.

  6. I love Skylark, i have ever since i was a little kid growing up right here in Canada where the band originated! David Foster is a legend and a true inspiration to all Canadians and I thank him for that 🙂 Anyways, i would like to find the guitar tab for this song too because its so beautiful and i’ve always wanted to play it for my girlfriend, so yea, if someone could find it it would definately be appreaciated greatly!!!

  7. This song relates to me so much, it makes me cry everytime I hear it. I am a lady who has been through so much tragedy, losing the love of my life, and many other hard times. Yes I cry, and I feel like I’m paying for a debt I never owed. This song tells my story. I love Skylark and David Foster’s music.

  8. are you kidding me DAVID FOSTER??i get a bug up my butt about an old song i heard as an impressionable boy in new jersey a few decades back,only to find davids name attached to it!!this guy is seriously becoming my idol.i got a chance to “kind of ” meet him when he did the andrea bocelli concert at the lakes in las vegas and really dug him ,as he seemed alot like me with the adhd.i ‘d like to find out what hes done his whole life ,its amazing how many great things he’s done.

  9. also…its weird how we never ,well i never get to hear this tune,not even by accident.but you JUST ALWAYS remember these songs.they were so good you never had to sit down and figure them out .they just learned themselves into my brain.i hadent heard it since the 70s,but could sing it to you .no ones doing that these days if ya ask me.another tune i really dug back then was “smiling faces,sometimes”that thing was just too cool.they even to refer to that song in the song “backstabbers”.the first song i ever bought was stevie wonder “superstition”
    it was a 45 top ten hit,it skipped.but mmm thats what started me on my own musical path .

  10. Wildflower – Skylark (Doug Edwards / Dave Richardson) 1972

    Intro:
    |Dm Dm/C |G7/B Bb |Am |Am A |

    Dm Dm/C G7/B G
    She’s faced the hardest times you could imagine
    Bb/C Bb/C F A
    And many times, Her eyes fought back the tears
    Dm Dm/C G7/B Bb
    And when her youthful world was about to fall in
    Bb/C Bb/C
    Each time her slender shoulders,
    Bb/C Bb/C
    Bore the weight of all her fears
    Bb/C Bb/C
    And a sorrow no one hears
    Bb Am Gm D
    Still rings in midnight silence in her ears

    Bb C F
    Let her cry for she’s a lady
    Bb A Dm
    Let her dream for she’s a child
    Bb Am Gm
    Let the rain fall down upon her
    Bb/C Bb/C F
    She’s a free and gentle flower growing wild

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

    Interlude:
    |Dm |Dm |Dm Dm/C |G7/B Bb |
    |A |A |

    Dm Dm/C G7/B G
    Be careful how you touch her for she’ll awaken
    Bb/C Bb/C F A
    And sleep’s the only freedom that she knows
    Dm Dm/C G7/B Bb
    And when you walk into her eyes you won’t believe
    Bb/C Bb/C
    The way she’s always payin’
    Bb/C Bb/C
    For a debt she never owes
    Bb/C Bb/C
    And a silent wind still blows
    Bb Am Gm D
    That only she can hear and so, she goes

    Bb C F
    Let her cry for she’s a lady
    Bb A Dm
    Let her dream for she’s a child
    Bb Am Gm
    Let the rain fall down upon her
    Bb/C Bb/C F
    She’s a free and gentle flower growing wild

    Bb C F
    Let her cry for she’s a lady
    Bb A Dm
    Let her dream for she’s a child
    Bb Am Gm
    Let the rain fall down upon her
    Bb/C Bb/C F
    She’s a free and gentle flower growing wild
    Gm Bb/C F
    She’s a flower growing wild

    She’s free…….

  11. I told my friend that this song i will sing for her. After hering me say that she told me that it was her friends favorite song too. She even say that her friend was waiting for someone or would mary the Guy who would sing her “Wildflower”. Well, its not me coz i will sing it to my babe. My babe is still wating to the right guy who would sing it to her…

  12. This is my theme song. This song fits me to a tee. When it first came out so long ago, I thought that someone had written it for me. Still to this day, even though it was wasn’t written about me – it could have been.

  13. suezcue Asked a question acouple years ago but it never got answered correctly. We can find Donny Gerrard’s Music. I think she was asking where he is living now. Alive? Dead? Etc….
    Anyone know? <3 🙂

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