She was standing at the load-in
When the trucks rolled up
She was sniffing all around like a half-grown female pup
She wasn't hard to talk to
Looked like she had nowhere to go
So I gave her a pass so she could get in and see the show

Well, I sat her down right next to me and I got her a beer
While I mixed that sound on stage so the band could hear
The more I watched her watch them play
The less I thought of to say
And when they walked off stage, the drummer swept that girl away

But Rosie, you're all right
You wear my ring
When you hold me tight
Rosie, that's my thing
When you turn out the light
I've got to hand it to me
Looks like it's me and you again tonight, Rosie

Well, I guess I might have known from the start
She'd come for a star
Could've told my imagination not to run too far
With all the times that I've been burned
By now you'd think I'd have learned
That it's who you look like
Not who you are

But Rosie, you're all right
You wear my ring
When you hold me tight
Rosie, that's my thing
When you turn out the light
I've got to hand it to me
Looks like it's me and you again tonight, Rosie
Looks like it's me and you again tonight
Looks like it's me and you again tonight, Rosie
Rosie
Rosie
Rosie
Rosie


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    General CommentThis is, without a doubt, the all-time greatest piano ballad about a gopher-pulling roadie.
    Eamonon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about materbation right? liek alll good songs.... i mean , you wear my ring, his ring is on his hand, holding himself tight and all, im not just crazy
    intoodeepon October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"It's what you look like, not who you are." This song is about a guy (possibly JB) who's girlfriend ditches him at prom for the drummer of a band. The guy is so bummed out that he goes home and 'chokes the chicken'
    Tmo2199on May 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEver heard the joke about rosie palm and her five sisters. That's why he chose the name Rosie.
    Tmo2199on September 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"When you turn out the light
    I've got to hand it to me"

    O_O This song is about jacking off, plain and simple.
    HoboSpartan7on March 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm 99% sure its about jacking off, because when I saw Jackson Browne live in Sydney, he played this song as the last song of his final encore, and he was telling the audience that "Its odd for a girl to be calling out for this song" as he was listening to audience requests for songs to be played, after that he also added that, "This is an awkward song to end the night with" and started laughing. I'm guessing he felt funny signing off by singing a song about jerking off !
    smallgarlicon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMasturbation....no question. Cute, your wrong. If you read the lyrics correctly, the drummer 'swept that girl away.' So what did he do??? Yeah, you know. Remember - "it's who you look like, not who you are."
    GreatRedSharkon May 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmasturbation. period . end of story.
    peacefrogxon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYup, according to Jackson it's about his sound man who mixed the sound for his monitors. Listen to the freakin' song. And, yes, it's a song about masturbation...and much more.
    johnyringoon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthere is more to a song than the chorus maybe this chorus is about masturbating ask Jackson Browne. This is a song about him trying his best to please a girl (I don't think the "wear my ring" part is too relevant) be it someone he cheated on his wife with or a girlfriend before or after his wife then the girl left him after all his hard work for the drummer then says he " Of all the times that I've been burned by now you'd think I'd have learned that it's who you look like not who you are". To me it seems like he is saying he keeps trying to make other people happy and keeps getting his heart broken over and over.
    mh59on May 17, 2008   Link

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