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Clairo - Zinnias

[Verse 1]
See me standing on the corner of Comstock and Waverly in a daze
Where I saw my brother speak for the first time since
He graduated in the spring
Got a cold piece of information to bring to you
Said, "Sorry, but I can't stay here while we wait for June"
I miss the southern Cosmos and the Zinnias, oh, the Zinnias

[Pre-Chorus]
It comes to me in a dream
In the dead heat and the suffocating wet grip
That's got a hold on my mama, it's Marietta's kiss

[Chorus]
Quietly, I'm tempted
Sure sounds nice to settle down for a whilе
Let the real еstate show itself to me
I could wake up with a baby in a sling
Just a couple doors down from Abigail
My sister, man and her ring

[Chorus]
Quietly, I'm tempted
Sure sounds nice to settle down for a while
Let the real estate show itself to me
I could wake up with a baby in a sling
Just a couple doors down from Abigail
My sister, man and her ring

"Zinnias" is a much more apprehensive song on "Sling", where Clairo can be heard expressing her thoughts on her becoming a mother, and how it’d affect the people around her, while also reflecting on her relations with others. A Zinnias is a species of flower which is notable for blooming in the hottest times of the year, with the prime example of June. This flower, alongside the southern Cosmos, are the two flowers mentioned on this record. Clairo appears to be envisioning herself as the Zinnias plant, while her brother is the southern Cosmos. This tracks themes of motherhood can be seen in lines primarily found in the chorus, where she also mentions her sister. A scene can be visualized where she lives a life where she settles down and has a child, a life where she doesn’t write music, but rather settles down. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clairo alludes to this, where she mentions how she would’ve quit music without "Sling": "This record has changed everything for me, because I was fully going to quit music." The tracks themes of distancing can be found in verse 1, where Clairo speaks of days where she felt close to her brother, compared to the present day, where she struggles to even find conversation with him. She recalls missing those old times and feeling saddened by her current situation.

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