Songs about Plants

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Songs are listed alphabetically, by family.

If you know of songs either all about plants or mention plants in the lyrics, please post the title and artist here. And while I have nothing against roses, lets leave those out of this list, they're too often sung about.

Contents

Amaryllidaceae

  • Daffodil's Lament by The Cranberries : "And the daffodils looked lovely today"

Anacardiaceae

  • Pistachio by Lisa Hannigan : "when you feel like your flavor has gone the way of a pre-shelled pistachio"

Apiaceae

  • Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel : "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme"
  • The King of Carrot Flowers by Neutral Milk Hotel : "When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers"

Apocynaceae

  • Oleander by Sarah Harmer : "Oleander, Oleander, Will you bloom again this spring?"

Arecaceae

  • Coconut (Lime in the Coconut) by Harry Nilsson : "Put de lime in de coconut, and drink 'em both up"

Asteraceae

  • Sunflower by Low : "you bought some sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet sunflowers..."

Begoniaceae

  • Scarlet Begonias by the Grateful Dead : "She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls, I knew right away she was not like other girls"

Convolvulaceae

  • Morning Glory by Oasis : "What's the story morning glory, well"
  • Sweet potato by Sia : "She cooks you sweet potato, you don't like aubergine"

Cucurbitaceae

  • Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Bryd : "We got a hundred gallons of sweet red wine, made from the biggest watermelons on the vine"

Ebenaceae

  • Persimmon by Bunt : "This persimmon, peeling the skin from soft and ripened flesh..."

Ericaceae

  • Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel: "And gather it all in a bunch of heather"

Fabaceae

  • Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells : "Crimson and clover, over and over"
  • Lékořice (Licorice) by Václav Neckář: "Rozhod jsem se léčit lásku lékořicí" (I have decided to cure love with licorice)

Fagaceae

  • Little Acorns by The White Stripes : "Once I broke my problems into small pieces, I was able to carry them, just like those acorns, one at a time"
  • Sparrow by Simon & Garfunkel : "Not I, said the Oak Tree, I won't share my branches with no sparrow's nest..."

Juncaceae

  • Green grow the rushes by R.E.M. : "Green grow the rushes go, The compass points the workers home"

Lamiaceae

  • Catnip Dream by Shonen Knife : "Catnip is a kitty cat drug..."
  • Pennyroyal Tea by Nirvana : "Sit and drink pennyroyal tea, distill the life that's inside of me"
  • Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel : "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme"
  • Wild Sage by The Mountain Goats : "And along the highway, from cast-off innumerable seeds, wild sage growing in the weeds"
  • Levandulová (Lavender girl) by Hana Hegerová and Petr Hapka: "Ty jsi má levandulová" (You are my lavender girl)

Lauraceae

  • Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young : "I could be happy, the rest of my life, with a cinnamon girl"
  • Imitation of Life by R.E.M. : "That's sugarcane that tasted good. That's cinnamon, that's Hollywood."

Liliaceae

  • Tip-toe through the tulips by Tiny Tim : "Come tiptoe through the tulips with me"

Malvaceae

  • Ol' Man River by Paul Robeson: "He don't plant taters, and he don't plant cotton"

Musaceae

  • Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson : "Maybe we could sleep in, I'll make you banana pancakes, pretend like it's the weekend now"

Nelumbonaceae

  • Lotus by R.E.M. : "I ate the lotus. Say haven't you noticed?"

Poaceae

  • Imitation of Life by R.E.M. : "That's sugarcane that tasted good. That's cinnamon, that's Hollywood."
  • Sparrow by Simon & Garfunkel : "Not I, said the Golden Wheat, I would if I could but I cannot I know, I need all my grain to prosper and grow"
  • Green Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones/Elvis Presely/Johnny Cash : "It's good to touch the green, green grass of home"
  • Tam za vodou v rakosi (Across the water, in the reeds) by Waldemar Matuska & Eva Pilarova
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Dolores Keane: "And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley"

Pontederiacae

  • Imitation of Life by R.E.M. : "Water hyacinth, named by a poet, Imitation of life"

Rosaceae

  • Peaches by Presidents of the USA : "Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downtown"
  • Strawberry fields forever by The Beatles (okay, really about a place, not the fruit)
  • Black horse and the cherry tree by KT Tunstall : "I came across a place in the middle of nowhere, with a big black horse and a cherry tree"
  • Apple Tree by Wolfmother: "Dear Sir, can you remember me, I'm the one that picked the apple tree"

Rutaceae

  • Coconut (Lime in the Coconut) by Harry Nilsson : "Put de lime in de coconut, and drink 'em both up"
  • Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden : "Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky, and all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree"
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles: "Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmelade skies"

Salicaceae

  • Underneath the weeping willow by Grandaddy : "I want to sleep, underneath the weeping willow, as it crys all night quietly"
  • Hvezda na vrbe (A star on a willow tree) by Olympic: "... ze na vrbe krome listi visi mala hvezda" (... that, apart from the leaves, there is a little star hanging from the willow tree)


Solanaceae

  • Ol' Man River by Paul Robeson: "He don't plant taters, and he don't plant cotton"

Bands with plants in their names

  • The Cranberries
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Moldy Peaches
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Guns N' Roses
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