Would Kelly Clarkson be the Kelly Clarkson we all love if she didn’t make music that tears our hearts to pieces? The answer is no. Her latest single, ‘roses,’ is a soft, somber callout to those who think they can buy us back with flowers and that alone will fix everything. Spoiler alert, it won’t! In the words of Kelly herself, she says, “It’s too late for roses. They’ll die in a day. You can’t put a band-aid on the way that we’re breaking.”
In anticipation of Chemistry (Deluxe), we’ve been listening to some of our favorites on repeat and it made us think about love and what it means. Roses themselves often symbolize true love and desire. So, in the spirit of ‘roses,’ here is what the love language of flowers means for our top three songs from Chemistry.
‘favorite kind of high’ – Heliotrope
You may not have heard of a heliotrope, but they are a vibrant purple color that dates back all the way to the 16th century. In some cultures, they can symbolize eternal love and extreme devotion. When we listen to ‘favorite kind of high’ lyrics like “You’re my favorite kind of high rushin’ through me like a fire.” we can’t help but think about that love that will always have a hold of us for the rest of our lives. Now that’s devotion.
‘magic’ – Petunias
Whenever we’re feeling down, ‘magic’ is the song from Chemistry that can always pick us up. It reminds us that we’re so much stronger than the loss and tragedy we faced and that there is still magic in the world. Petunias are commonly associated with hope, healing, and positivity. Trust us, ‘magic’ radiates that good energy worth a million petunias!
‘mine’ – Red Chrysanthemum
In ‘mine,’ Kelly talks about wishing for the one to break her heart to feel the same heartbreak they put her through making red chrysanthemums the official flower of the woeful revenge anthem. In the language of love, it is believed that red chrysanthemums symbolize a bold and passionate love that ends in heartbreak, often accompanied by deep regret. They can also represent sorrow or grief — even if that means grieving a love that is no longer ours.
If we could, we’d go through and analyze the whole album (maybe part two is in order?) But for now, we hope this inspires you to go out and buy flowers for the one that you love. They deserve it! Oh, and make sure you pre-save Chemistry (Deluxe) because that’s what Kelly Clarkson deserves (not those lame roses!)
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