"Roses Are Free" as written by Jr. Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman....
Take a piece of tinsel and put it on the tree
Cut a slab of melon and pretend that you still love me
Carve out a pumpkin and rely on your destiny
Get in your car and cruise the land of the brave and the free

But don't forget to understand exactly what you put on the tree
Don't believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free

Tke a wrinkled raisin, and do with it what you will
Push it into third if you know you're gonna climb a hill
Eat plenty of lasagna 'til you know that you've had your fill
Resist all the urges that make you want to go out and kill

But don't forget to understand exactly what you put on the tree
Don't believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free

[Repeat: x2]
Throw that pumpkin at the tree
Unless you think that pumpkin holds your destiny
Cast it off into the sea, bake that pie and eat it with me


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"Roses Are Free" as written by Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman

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    General CommentTo me, it's pretty simple. The lyrics make me think of skepticism. "Always be skeptical" is the bottom line to this song. When someone tells you that they "love you," do not take it as fact because they may be "pretending to still love" you. The florist is lying when he tells you that the roses are free, etc.
    demeatloafon September 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdear ween,
    this song confuses the shit out of me. what are you talking about?
    love,
    amanda
    Is_not_Amandaon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with demeatloaf's line of thinking. It also is a stab at the social actions people go through without meaning, just to appear normal, like putting up a Christmas tree, telling your spouse you love him, etc. when it is not heartfelt. It is a nice bit of sardonic humor to say the perfect people who adhere to these traditions and are apprearing as "perfect Americans" also are resisting an urge to kill. At the end, he says take the empty symbol of a pumpkin and throw it at the other empty symbol of the tree and just eat the damn pie and forget all about the pretenses.
    HiiAmHeidion March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the first Ween song I had ever heard. I was in a music store and they were playing it. I was so impressed that I bought their album, and I've been a fan ever since. Don't know what the song means though. Just thought it was catchy.
    lololeelaon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree this song is about skepticism, but more so about free-will and thinking for oneself. All the references to religion in the first verse, then the line "don't believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free" kind of implies (to me at least), think for yourself and ask questions instead of just accepting other peoples' answers and statements as gospel. The second verse adds onto the concept of free-will and free-thinking. It's saying you can do all these things, but at the end of the day, you have to remember "what you put on the tree" which could mean what you've brought to the plate, what you yourself have contributed. In the end, we have to run our own lives, make our own decisions and believe what we want to believe, instead of just relying on false hopes from all those metaphorical florists out there.
    DoYouRealiseon October 02, 2011   Link
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    General Comment(continued) To me, the 'pumpkin' sort of symbolises knowledge. You can choose what to do with the answers you receive in life, whether you dismiss them (cast them off into the sea), use them to make something out of your life (unless you think that pumpkin holds your destiny), or, and I love that they end with this one, you can choose to share your knowledge and success with others. Despite how deep this song's lyrics can be taken, it's still one of the most fun and lighthearted pieces of music around. And boy, do they fucking rock it live!
    DoYouRealiseon October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really sounds like it belongs on Prince's Around the World in A Day...
    As for meaning, I think I've figured this much out:
    The first verse is referring to holidays- tinsel on the tree is obviously Christmas, melon makes me think of 4th of July, carving the pumpkin is Halloween. Roses = Valentine's Day. Doesn't really tell you what the song is about, but hey at least it's a theme. The second verse stumps me.
    The_Rainyon August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI know! My friend who is really smart went through th song so many times he told it.. Its About Religion and such. i forget a little of what he said but this:
    "Take a piece of tinsel and put it on the tree"
    does refer to Christmas, ofcourse a christian Holiday.
    "But don't forget to understand exactly whatyou put on the tree"
    Dont forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas (Jesus and all that)
    "Don't believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free"
    Probably the Most emotionaly line these guys have in the song
    means what you think "dont believe everything you hear"
    Deffinatly Line Bunch number 3:
    "Take a wrinkled raisin, and do with it what you will
    Push it into third if you know you're gonna climb a hill
    Eat plenty of lasagna 'til you know that you've had your fill
    Resist all the urges that make you wanna go out and kill"
    Means you can have all the fun you want..Go the extra Mile, Eat all you want, without wanting to kill someone for it" i suppose.

    And ofcourse, Nomatter what you do with that Pumpkin, atleast share it with me.
    Xeshon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhoa, its for song meanings, not a pity party for ghostistix!
    Ryan_Seitzon May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWOOOO Pity PArty and EVERYONE'S INVITED.

    Anyhoo, this song is so very Prince. I love it.

    And no, I have no clue what the fuck it means, nor do I want to. Ween is confusing and I like them that way.
    D4MVPon July 31, 2006   Link

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