"Blood And Roses" as written by and Patrick Dinizio....
It was long ago, it seems like yesterday
Saw you standing in the rain
Then I heard you say

I want to love, but it comes out wrong
I want to live, but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see blood and roses

Wild flowers in the springtime
October we were wed
In winter time the roses died
Her blood ran cold and then she said

I want to love, but it comes out wrong
I want to live, but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see blood and roses

It was long ago, it seems like yesterday
I saw you standing in the rain
Then I heard you say

I need your love, but it comes out wrong
I tried to live, but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see blood and roses
Blood and roses (roses)
Blood and roses (roses)
Blood and roses (roses)


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"Blood and Roses" as written by Patrick Dinizio

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    General CommentFirst of all, will someone correct the spelling mistakes, and the lyrics are also incorrect. "Then she said" not "Then you said", for example. Secondly, Pat Dinizio has said the song was inspired by a girl he knew (I'm not sure if he dated her) who was depressed and ultimately commited suicide. So the lyrics are not so easily "self explanatory" and if you examine them, there are clues to the underlying depth of emotion and sympathy for the girl, and even horror, which also comes through in the music--like a horror movie score.
    zigoryon August 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOVE the bass line.
    Bertxxon March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat lyrics, self explanatory. And I agree with truongt41, the bass line is incredible. I'll even go as far as to say this is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard.
    MrLongroveon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks total ass. it's on the radio right now. woot.
    carokson February 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti first heard this song in the movie "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion". This is such a tyte song. I'm surprised this song is played more on the radio. It should be more famous, itz that awesome.
    iluvFMon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGood song. I moved to New Jersey a couple of years ago...it amazes me that people here still love freakin Bon Jovi, but this band, also from the garden state (btw, I seen a lot more chemical treatment plants, landfills and toxic waste disposal sites than gardens, but that's another story) is so relatively obscure.
    LaMuerteon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree (sigh). Not only how the Smithereens, much like Bruce Springsteen, better represents New Jersey's finest music--I too saw all those toxic waste sites, chemical treatments plants, et. al., as a kid when my dad drove our family down to Trenton to tie up loose ends before we all flew to Rota, Spain, where my dad was stationed for a few yrs. while serving out his 20 yrs. in the Navy circa 1974. BTW, I've got a joke for you:
    This guy and his gal were passionately making out so much the gal cries out, "Oh Baby, kiss me where it smells!" So he takes her to New Jersey...hehehe
    pharmageekon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like the lyrics, sounds like a couple that are the total antithesis of eachother... etc
    ChildrenOnCloudz177on June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent song.
    OpinionHeadon March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPat Dinizio said: "Blood and Roses" was written in New York City. In the early morning, walking home across Greenwich Village, from my job at a nightclub where I used to do sound and lights. It was raining, and the bass line came to me as part of the tempo of my walk. Lyrically, it was about a girl I was involved with in high school who committed suicide.
    zigoryon April 19, 2017   Link

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