Music Monday – The Rose

The first time I recall hearing “The Rose” was at a performance by a high school group performing at our bowling banquet in Indiana.  They had arm and hand gestures to go along with the singing and they performed it well.  Unfortunately, at the time, there weren’t music stores on every corner and the Internet didn’t exist, so I couldn’t hop on and download the song from Amazon on .mp3.  I never forgot the song, though, and I got a copy of it when I could.  It’s such a beautiful song, sung so simply and exquisitely by The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler.

The songs lyrics are haunting and bleak, full of pain and fear, and, ultimately, of peace and hope.  The song cries out to be bold, take risks and put ourselves out there, to risk the pain of heartbreak, and not despair when others have found love.  Don’t get down and don’t give up on love, it’s out there, and it may take going through some tough times to find it, but it’s a beautiful thing when we find it…like the rose.

The Rose by Bette Midler

(released 1980; peaked #1 US & Canada Adult Contemporary, #2 Canada Singles, #3 US Hot 100)

Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower, and you it’s only seed.

It’s the heart, afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance.
It’s the dream, afraid of waking, that never takes a chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken, who cannot seem to give.
And the soul, afraid of dyin’, that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter far benaeth the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love, in the spring becomes The Rose.


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