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Sunflowers For Alfred Roy

Sunflowers For Alfred Roy


What you hear on the album is the only time I ever sang it straight through

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey & Lionel Cole
Produced by Mariah Carey & Randy Jackson


2:59     Album Version


  • IS: So your fans know that you've got a real thing about butterflies?

    MC: If they're a real fan they do, and they understand the sunflower thing as well, which has to do with my father. I wrote a song called "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," which was for my father father after he passed away. When he was in the hospital, sunflowers were the only flowers that he could tolerate because of his allergies. He had cancer and it affected everything. So it's like these people really know.

    • Interview (US) “The Naked Truth From The World’s Biggest Diva” by Ingrid Sischy, September 2007

  • The delicate “Sunflowers For Alfred Roy” is a mournful elegy for Carey’s father, who died earlier this year. It’s a song that she says she only sang once. ”What you hear on the album is the only time I ever sang it straight through. It was too emotional an experience to revisit. I can't even listen to it in front of other people."

  • "Writing this album was cathartic for me. I've been through a lot personally and professionally. I lost my father this year. It was very hard for me, and a lot of that emotion is on the album.”

    • ETOnline “Lucky Charms” by Tim Jaramillo, December 19, 2002


2002 Released on the Charmbracelet album.

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