The phrase “give me my flowers while I can still smell them,” while clichéd at points, still rings true. You want people to be near you and prop you up while you’re still around/alive to either reciprocate or just thank them for it. However, sometimes even that isn’t enough to keep things afloat. On “Forget the Flowers,” Moka Only reflects about the past and says that not even the flowers can bring him back to the situations he once found himself in.
It’s a powerful statement, one bolstered by the beautiful, soulful production on this song. Out of all the Moka Only tracks I’ve had the pleasure of peeping over the last few years of SOTBMusic, this may be one of my favorites. Overall, it’s emotional as hell, but also slightly defiant in some ways. The main way it’s a bit defiant is that it says to keep the flowers—even though we can’t forget them. To say that, to me, symbolizes a finality on the relationships Moka raps about on this song. Life goes on, especially since we’re eventually all left with flowers and clover. However, mournfulness is not all we are. We take that mourning and mix it with some maturation and growth and we have the human condition.
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