"Van Lear Rose" as written by and Patsy Lynn Brutto Loretta Lynn....
One of my fondest memories
Was sittin' on my daddy's knee
Listenin' to the stories that he told
He'd pull out that old photograph
Like a treasured memory from the past
And say child
This here's the Van Lear Rose

Oh how it would bring a smile
When he talked about her big blue eyes
And how her beauty ran down to her soul
She'd walk across the coal miner's yard
Them miner's would yell loud and hard
And they'd dream of who would hold
The Van Lear Rose

She was the belle of Johnson County
Ohio river to Big Sandy
A beauty to behold like a diamond in the coal
All the miner's they would gather 'round
Talk about the man that came to town
Right under their nose
Stole the heart of the Van Lear Rose

Now the Van Lear Rose could've had her pick
And all the fellers figured rich
Until this poor boy caught her eye
His buddies would all laugh and say
Your dreamin' boy she'll never look your way
You'll never ever hold the Van Lear Rose

She was the belle of Johnson County
Ohio river to Big Sandy
A beauty to behold like a diamond in the coal
All the miner's they would gather 'round
Talk about the man that came to town
Right under their nose
Stole the heart of the Van Lear Rose

Then one night in mid July
Underneath that ol' blue Kentucky sky
Well, that poor boy won that beauty's heart
Then my daddy would look at my mommy and smile
As he brushed the hair back from my eyes and he'd say
Your mama
She's the Van Lear Rose

She was the belle of Johnson County
Ohio river to Big Sandy
A beauty to behold like a diamond in the coal
All the miner's they would gather 'round
Talk about the man that came to town
Right under their nose
Stole the heart of the Van Lear Rose

Right under their nose
Stole the heart of the Van Lear Rose


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"Van Lear Rose" as written by Patsy Lynn Brutto Loretta Lynn

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    General CommentOne of the classic country vocalists. Dolly Parton's got nothing on her.
    pumkinhedon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt starts out like a "the one that got away" song, but in fact it turns out that she didn't get away after all. Hurray!
    pumkinhedon May 14, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningAlways a lovely song...now an inspiration...because a Van Lear Rose has been revealed in my life. For sure, she has many admirers...many rich, many successful. I would not say that I have stolen her heart completely...yet...but...she is definitely tempted to give her heart to me and she already gives me all of her spare time. One of our first magic moments was in mid-July. If you would, please wish with me that our story ends the same...and I always bless her life the way she blesses mine.
    ragingknowitallon November 05, 2011   Link

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