The Meaning Behind Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” Is Complicated (2022)

  • “Sunflower” by Post Malone, featuring Swae Lee, hit the top of the Billboard charts last year and is nominated for two 2020 Grammys this year.
  • Malone and Lee, with the help of a few others, wrote the song for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.
  • The song is up for Record of the Year against Lizzo, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, and others; as well as for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

From the opening credits of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, your spidey senses prickle in attention, knowing something truly amazing is about to unfold. Not only because of the optics—though, proudly asserting a half-Black, half-Puerto Rican kid as the epicenter of a Spidey film needs to be applauded—but for the sound.

Behind the dazzling mix of shifting visuals that push the craft of animation into several other dimensions, and beyond the adrenaline-pounding action required of such an enduring franchise, there’s a refreshing hip-hop-leaning soundtrack that stays faithful to its hero and culturally relevant to the time in which we’re hearing it.

Released in December of 2018, the soundtrack features artists like Jaden Smith, Lil Wayne, Blackway & Black Caviar, and Post Malone. And it’s the latter Texas transplant, who with Rae Sremmurd rapper Swae Lee, delivers one of the most memorable—and dreamy—tracks from the entire lineup.

The Meaning Behind Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” Is Complicated (1)

(Video) Post Malone, Swae Lee - Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

“Sunflower” is the first song to play in the film, and it’s also the first from the soundtrack to hit number one on the Billboard charts. But that’s obviously not the only good news the track has received lately. The Grammys announced back in December 2019 that it was nominated for two Gramophones: one for Record of the Year (it will be battling versus Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, and others for that honor), and another for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (where the Jonas Brothers, Ariana Grande, and more will vie for that title). So, do we have a budding winner on our hands with Malone and Lee’s hit? Maybe. We’ll have to wait for Sunday to find out. Until then, let’s dissect the meaning of “Sunflower.”

The lyrics, while brief, are tricky. And to even begin to understand Malone and Lee’s cryptic flow, we may need to first work on nurturing a bit of a green thumb. According to this gardening website, sunflowers are coarse plants with delicate petals. The site informs us that this complex genus of plant needs ample sunlight and fertile soil to grow, but will also tolerate drier conditions. If you apply that metaphor to “Sunflower,” you have what sounds akin to a relationship that falls into the “it’s complicated” status, yeah?

Okay, so back to the lyrics. “Then you’re left in the dust / Unless I stuck by ya / You’re a sunflower / I think you’re love would be too much.” It’s the chorus that first Lee then Malone sings, so we can probably assume both artists are either sharing the narration for one man’s story—or both are in love with same girl. Either way, she is the sunflower: coarse, yet delicate; needs love, yet can tolerate a lack of affection.

The Meaning Behind Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” Is Complicated (2)

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Lee takes the first verse, lightly rapping, “Needless to say, I keep her in check / She was all bad-bad, nevertheless (yeah) / Callin’ it quits now, baby, I’m a wreck (wreck) / Crash at my place, baby, you’re a wreck (wreck).” Variety chatted with the 26-year-old artist about his time working with Malone, and he divulged a little about how the song came together.

“The melody came first, then the hook and my verse. I just wrote in my head and then I ended up putting words to it just like five minutes after. … I was fully warmed up [after a full night in the studio] and the most creative energy comes out at 5 a.m. amongst us creatives … I wanted to go out with a bang that night, and I got it out of me.”

If we are to apply the lyrics of “Sunflower” to the Spider-Verse film, then Malone’s verse, which comes second, actually makes a lot of sense. “Every time I’m leavin’ on ya / You don’t make it easy, no, no / Wish I could be there for ya / Give me a reason to go,” he coolly raps. For a superhero, juggling a girlfriend and an identity crisis is perplexing stuff.

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Anyone familiar with the saga that is Peter Parker and MJ knows what we’re talking about here. Though it’s not like we’d ever hear a snag of frustration in Malone’s almost evanescent tone. His lyrics seem to evaporate into a cloud of smoke the second they leave his mouth. No wonder—they were completely chill while recording the song. Check them out in this behind-the-scenes video.

Read on for the rest of the lyrics to “Sunflower,” courtesy of Genius.com.

[Intro: Swae Lee]
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy (Ooh)
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh (Ooh)
Ayy, ayy
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

[Verse 1: Swae Lee]
Needless to say, I keep in check
She was a bad-bad, nevertheless (Yeah)
Callin' it quits now, baby, I'm a wreck (Wreck)
Crash at my place, baby, you're a wreck (Wreck)
Needless to say, I'm keeping 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-ooh, some things you just can't refuse
She wanna ride me like a cruise and I'm not tryna lose

[Chorus: Swae Lee]
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

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[Verse 2: Post Malone]
Every time I'm leavin' on ya (Ooh)
You don't make it easy, no (No, no)
Wish I could be there for ya (Ooh)
Give me a reason to, oh (Oh)
Every time I'm walkin' out (Oh)
I can hear you tellin' me to turn around (Oh, oh)
Fightin' for my trust and you won't back down (No)
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

[Chorus: Post Malone]
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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DeAnna Janes is a freelance writer and editor for a number of sites, including Harper’s BAZAAR, Tasting Table, Fast Company and Brit + Co, and is a passionate supporter of animal causes, copy savant, movie dork and reckless connoisseur of all holidays. A native Texan living in NYC since 2005, Janes has a degree in journalism from Texas A&M and got her start in media at US Weekly before moving on to O Magazine, and eventually becoming the entertainment editor of the once-loved, now-shuttered DailyCandy. She’s based on the Upper West Side.

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FAQs

Who wrote the song Sunflower? ›

Sunflower

What genre of music is Sunflower? ›

Hip hop dream pop R&B

Is Sunflower by post Malone Platinum? ›

According to an Instagram post by OurGenerationMusic, “Sunflower” has gone 12x-platinum. Within a year of its release in October 2018, “Sunflower” went 8x-platinum before moving over 10,000,000 copies in November 2020. The song became so popular, Post Malone put it on his 2019 LP Hollywood's Bleeding.

What instruments were used in Sunflower? ›

Title:Sunflower - Bb Instrument
By:Post Malone & Swae Lee
Instruments:Bb Instrument, range: A3-D5 (Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone)
Scorings:Instrumental Solo Instrumental Part
Original Published Key:F Major
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What does a sunflower symbolize? ›

What does a sunflower symbolise? Sunflowers symbolise loyalty, adoration thanks to the myth of Clytie and Apollo. And, because of their association with the sun, sunflowers are well-known for being a happy flower and the perfect bloom for a summer flower delivery to brighten someone's mood!

What is the meaning of sunflower? ›

Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself.

Who is post Malone net worth? ›

Post Malone Net Worth
Net Worth:$45 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 4, 1995 (27 years old)
Place of Birth:Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Gender:Male
Profession:Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, guitarist

How old is post Malone? ›

When was sunflower made? ›

Ah, the mighty and majestic sunflowers! The first sunflowers originated all the way back in 1000B. C. where, for centuries, they were cultivated as a valuable food (for humans, cattle, poultry, and other ornamental plants) and for immediate medical source.

Is Post Malone diamond? ›

Malone, 25, is also the youngest artist in history to notch three Diamond-certified singles: “Rockstar,” “Congratulations” and “Sunflower” have all sold 10 million units each.

How long do sunflowers last? ›

Care Tips:

With proper care, sunflowers should last from six to twelve days. To maximize the vase life, look for flowers that are just starting to fully open. Choose strong, straight stems with perky flowers that look at you.

Do sunflowers face the sun? ›

In the morning, all the sunflowers will face east, the direction of the rising sun. As the sun moves, so will the sunflower heads to follow it. But as summer turns to autumn and the sunflowers get big and ripe and heavy with seeds, they will stop moving. Until they are harvested, they will face only east.

What flowers grow in Ukraine? ›

The famous grown flowers of Ukraine such as. Camomile, Azalea, Orchid, Roses, Lilies, Gerbera, Irises, Dipsacus, Rhododendrons, Dahlias,Daisies, Chrysanthemums and Carnations are very much used by the people for gifting purposes on the occasions like, birth days, marriages, valentine days and other festivals.

How tall is a sunflower? ›

Standard sunflowers usually grow from 6 to 10 feet tall. Giant sunflower varieties can grow to a height of 15 to 20 feet, and the world record sunflower reached a height of 30 feet and 1 inch and was grown in 2014.

How many streams does sunflower have on Spotify? ›

's "Sunflower" has now surpassed 2 billion streams on Spotify.

Do sunflowers represent death? ›

Sunflowers

A common sight at any church or funeral, sunflowers are another popular funeral flower. They symbolize the light that the deceased person has brought to people close to them while they were alive.

Which flower symbolizes death? ›

Chrysanthemum: In America, this gorgeous flower has many meanings, but it is often used as an expression of support or an encouragement to “get well soon.” In many countries in Europe, the chrysanthemum is placed on graves and viewed as a symbol of death.

What does sunflower symbolize in love? ›

Sunflowers symbolize unwavering faith and unconditional love. It's perfect to send to your loved one if you want to express exactly how much you adore him or her. Sunflowers, especially the ones grown in farms, are often photographed stretching their tall stalks and vibrant petals towards the sun.

What does a sunflower tattoo mean? ›

Intelligence, Longevity, and Good Luck

The flower itself remains a symbol of good luck and a long, happy life. So, by getting a sunflower tattoo you good be having a good luck charm to protect you and make your life long and happy.

What flower means love? ›

There are many types of flowers that mean love, but the most iconic is the red rose. The red rose is known as the flower of love.

What can we learn from sunflowers? ›

A few weeks ago, it was a field of sunflowers, teaching the simplest lessons of life to all those who might pay attention. 1) We're all beautiful, and we're all in this together. 2) Look at life and people from every perspective. You might see something you've never seen before.

Did Post Malone have a baby? ›

Congrats to Posty and his fiancée! Post Malone has confirmed he has become a father and his fiancée gave birth to a baby girl.

How much does Post Malone make a day? ›

Post Malone makes an average of about 6000 dollars a day from his music, earning him about 2.2 million per year.

How much does Post Malone get paid per concert? ›

Given Post's success, he's also one of the highest paid rappers in the world. According to sources, he nets approximately $500,000 per concert. During his Runaway Tour, Post netted $1.3 million per city. From 2019 to 2020, Post earned an estimate of $60 million.

Is Post Malone vegan? ›

Post Malone backs vegan burgers

However, Actual Veggies is aiming to achieve this by using real vegetables and legumes to craft burger patties without fillers or preservatives. Post Malone's manager Austin Rosen invested in Actual Veggies because its concept is about being real.

Is Post Malone a dad? ›

Post Malone is sharing two pieces of exciting news. On Monday's episode of Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show, the 26-year-old rapper revealed that he's engaged to his longtime girlfriend, with whom he recently welcomed a baby girl.

What girl name means sunflower? ›

79. Helianthus. Helianthus is Greek and means sunflower.

What is the history of the sunflower? ›

The sunflower is native to North America and was first grown as a crop by indigenous tribes over 4,500 years ago. Native Americans cultivated the sunflower from its original bushy, multi-headed type to produce a single-stemmed plant bearing a large flower.

Are sunflowers actually flowers? ›

THEY ARE ACTUALLY THOUSANDS OF TINY FLOWERS.

Each sunflower's head is made of smaller flowers. The petals we see around the outside are called ray florets, and they cannot reproduce. But the disc florets in the middle, where the seeds develop, have both male and female sex organs, and each produce a seed.

How much does Post Malone's teeth cost? ›

“Post Malone completed his $1,600,000 smile reconstruction last weekend !!. With a smile that shows off natural Porcelain Veneer work framed with 2 Diamond Fangs with a total weight of 12 Carats, Post Malone literally has $1 million smile!!!” Dr. Connelly captioned a sleek black-and-white photo of the rocker.

How much did Post Malone teeth cost? ›

The project was not subtle, and Post Malone had a collaborative team effort in order to reconstruct his smile, which cost around $1.6 million in total according to TMZ. The reconstruction included porcelain veneers across the board that also had some diamonds as the main attraction.

Are Post Malone teeth real? ›

Malone's canine teeth are made of diamonds. It had two diamond fangs and two diamond teeth totaling roughly 12 carats. His smile is also worth $1 million. Malone finished his smile construction in June 2021, according to Thomas Connelly, DDS, the Father of Diamond Dentistry.

What do you do when your sunflower dies? ›

If a sunflower dies from disease, pull it immediately and dispose of it in the trash. Never compost diseased sunflowers.

Do sunflowers regrow? ›

Yes, it is possible for sunflowers to grow back. If a sunflower variety is a perennial, it will naturally return and blossom again the following year. Annual varieties must be replanted every year.

Do sunflowers only bloom once? ›

They do not grow and bloom again. These are usually the varieties cultivated for their large size, showy flower heads and edible seeds. A few types of sunflowers, however, can be grown as perennials, which means they will grow more flowers again the next season.

Why do sunflowers love the sun story? ›

Throughout the day, plants use the Sun's light to prepare their food. But not all plants follow the Sun. The stems of young sunflowers contain cells that make them turn towards the Sun's light. This property is called heliotropism.

What do sunflowers do at night? ›

At night, in its absence, the sunflowers face east again, anticipating the sun's return. They do this until they get old, when they stop moving. Then, always facing east, the old flowers await visits from insects that will spread their pollen and make new sunflowers. Those flowers too, will follow the sun.

Why sunflower is not a flower? ›

Sunflower is not a flower, but it is a kind of inflorescence called capitulum in which the receptacle is flattened. It bears numerous sessile and small florets. The youngest floret is in the centre and oldest lies at the periphery. Whole cluster of florets gets surrounded by bracts, known as involucre.

What do sunflowers symbolize in Ukraine? ›

The sunflower, Ukraine's national flower, is becoming a symbol of resistance against the country's invasion by Russian forces. Its exuberant and lively form represents the antithesis of the destruction now being suffered by the Ukrainian people.

What is Russia's national flower? ›

Chamomile

Why are sunflowers important to Ukraine? ›

Waxman writes for Time, the flower has historically represented peace. In June 1996, ministers from the United States, Russia and Ukraine marked Ukraine's nuclear weapon disarmament by planting sunflowers at the Pervomaysk missile base.

Do pink sunflowers exist? ›

There are even pink sunflowers, but if you see blue sunflower seeds for sale, be wary. There's a deep, dark red hybrid that some gardeners consider purple, but there aren't any blue sunflowers in nature.

Are black sunflowers real? ›

The black sunflower seeds hold the most oil and the Russian cultivar, Black Peredovik sunflower, are oil seed sunflowers used the most. It was bred as a sunflower oil production crop. The Black Peredovik sunflower seeds are medium sized and deep black.

Are blue sunflowers real? ›

They don't exist. True blue pigment doesn't exist in plants of any kind.

Who is the #1 artist on Spotify? ›

As you can see below, with just over 84 million monthly listeners, Ed Sheeran remains comfortably in the lead, despite having not released a new studio album since = in October 2021.

How much does Spotify pay for 1 billion streams? ›

Spotify, which has 155 million paying subscribers, generally pays between $. 003 and $. 005 per stream. Artists need about 326 streams to make $1, and 1 billion streams equals roughly $3 million in royalties.

Who has the most 1 billion streams on Spotify? ›

Justin Bieber leads all artists with 10 songs over 1 billion streams. The most-streamed songs in Spotify's history are Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" with 3.1 billion streams and the Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" with 3 billion streams.

Who is post Malone net worth? ›

Post Malone Net Worth
Net Worth:$45 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 4, 1995 (27 years old)
Place of Birth:Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Gender:Male
Profession:Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, guitarist

When did the song sunflower come out? ›

What movie is the song sunflower from? ›

What is the meaning of sunflower in love? ›

Sunflowers symbolize unwavering faith and unconditional love. It's perfect to send to your loved one if you want to express exactly how much you adore him or her. Sunflowers, especially the ones grown in farms, are often photographed stretching their tall stalks and vibrant petals towards the sun.

Does Post Malone have a wife? ›

In May 2022, Malone announced that he was expecting his first child with his longtime girlfriend. In June, during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Malone revealed that he and his longtime girlfriend are engaged and have welcomed a daughter.

Did Post Malone have a baby? ›

Congrats to Posty and his fiancée! Post Malone has confirmed he has become a father and his fiancée gave birth to a baby girl.

How much does Post Malone make a day? ›

Post Malone makes an average of about 6000 dollars a day from his music, earning him about 2.2 million per year.

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