From Can’t Explain.
Skylark, “Wildflower” (1973)
Who says Canadians can’t play soul music? Skylark was basically another project that emerged out of the welter of Ronnie Hawkins’s many and various backup bands, which include the Band. The guy had a knack for spotting talent. “Wildflower” was a big hit in the early ’70s, both in Canada and the U.S. With music mostly supplied by guitarist Doug Edwards (you can hear that in the omnipresence of the dramatic electric guitar), lyrics by Victoria policeman and part-time poet Dave Richardson, serviceable vocals from one B.J. (no relation, I’m sure) Cook, and an arrangement that juxtaposes said guitar with swooning orchestral touches and a nice if somewhat dated late hippie-era declaration of love and fealty, this is a very pleasant song to encounter unexpectedly, as I did on the radio one day this week.