© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Sky & Water, Wind & Grass

Album Note:  Do we have the most beautiful, hardy, awesome state flower, or what!  I love sunflowers, especially how they grow anywhere and everywhere.  They’re like Kansans:  they are beautiful, there are many different kinds, and they are tough!

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Kansas Day Video by Annie for Wichita -
Sedgwick County Historical Museum Program 


In the final days of summer when fall is near at hand 
You’ll see a sweet explosion burst out upon the land 
A million yellow flowers are shining like the sun 
To brighten up the prairie before the season’s done 

      She’s our Sunflower,
     our flower made of gold 
     Our wild sunflower,
     she won’t be bought or sold 
     The summer sun is shining
     in every single one 
     She’s a circle made of sunbeams,
     our flower of the sun 

She’ll stand up to the windstorm , survive a summer drought 
She’s pretty as the prairie, but tough as all get-out 
Nobody has to plant her, she’ll grow up anywhere 
And turn roadsides into gardens with her blooms so fair 


There is worth in every life, in plants and people, too 
And what to some might be a weed to others is a jewel 
This common flow’r reminds us:  in every living thing 
A treasure lies before us, if only we would see