Sugar Magnolia

The magnolia belongs to a family of trees and shrubs which are found mainly in the southern parts of the USA, but they also grow in many other parts of the country.  The song talks about flowers and how they bloom. ‘…sweet blossom come on under the willow, we can have high times if you abide, we can discover the wonders of nature, rolling in the rushes down by the riverside.’  This shows that they enjoy the blossoms of the flowers and trees in their natural habitat. Flowers give an impression of the fresh and unpolluted atmosphere.  In the song, violets, another type of flowers are mentioned.  Rushes are tufted marsh plants, and it also shows that there are undisturbed water bodies that are home to flowers.

The singer also talks about different trees such as pines and wallows.  It shows that there are tall trees that may provide shade for the flowers and even for the one walking through the tall trees. There is also the mention of them…’ blooming like a red rose, breathing more freely…’ this gives an impression of crisp and refreshing air that is untainted.  With such a pleasant atmosphere of slight winds and blooming flowers in the midst of tall trees all create a picture of an environment that has not been polluted and therefore one can walk in the morning sunshine and day dream. It shows that when we care for the environment, we will enjoy the benefits of beauty, fresh air and a lot of water.




Sugar Magnolia – Live on 2/9/73 at Stanford University