"Roses for the Dead" as written by Gareth Davies, Matthew Davies, Ryan Richards, Kris Roberts and Darran Anthony Smith....
Just to say we're sorry,
For the black eyes and bleeding lips.
When it's hard to forget
How many lies we've told.

Or how old we'd go,
Before I said goodbye.
So let's scrape our knees on the playground.

It's not your fault,
You feel okay.
It's too late in the day.
It's not your fault,
You feel betrayed.
You can't come out to play.

I never listened to a word you never said.
I never listened to a word you never said.

Wasting the hours now,
We're all suckers for tragedies.
And start this over again,
And you bring us to our knees.

As sunrise comes,
And the story will sell,
There'll be a hundred papers,
So we'll follow you up.

It's not your fault,
You feel okay.
It's too late in the day.
It's not your fault,
You feel betrayed.
You can't come out to play.

I never listened to a word you never said.
I never listened to a word you never said.

So raise your hands up high,
And let this rain pour on.
So raise your hands up high,
And wash us away.

Like innocence and childbirth,
You look just like your mother
And you look just like your father.
Forgive him our father,
Your son is smiling,
So lay roses around you.


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"Roses for the Dead" as written by Gareth Davies Darran Anthony Smith

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  • +3
    General Commentthe video is basically the boy walking up to the top of a building to kill himself in the past tense && then the woman clearing out the room is his mum in the future, like after he died
    get it?
    dark_n_depressedon August 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe video makes me cry, it's so depressing
    angst_pixieon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is is about the death of close friends. In the Kerrang mag Matt says how he saw everyone else grieving but he felt weird because he wasn't crying and he just took everything in. He payed to tribute to those people with this song

    It's one of my favourite ever FFAF songs ever. It has to be released some point after Streetcar, possibly around the same time as the album is released
    beni_ffafon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmatt davies on roses for the dead *a heavy song, but not in the way metal is typically considered to be "heavy" . This is about the death of close friends; I saw my friends and family all grieving but I didn't know how to react. I felt odd because I wasn't crying, I sat there and took it all in. I wanted to pay tribute to the memory of those people, who I missed so much, and to express that*
    Gareth davies on Roses For The Dead *For me its hard to listen to. The boy is pouring his heart out there
    walkingheartbreakeron May 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks, I think the new cd it's gonna be great
    hardvieron May 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Matts screams at the end are great, he's got such a versatile voice. One of my favourites off the album by far
    beni_ffafon June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAWESOME INTRO! ..
    AWESOME SONG
    FULL STOP!!!
    xx
    i_like_dirton June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome lines are wrong, the lyrics should be-

    "Just to say we're sorry
    For the black eyes and bleeding lips
    And it's hard to forget
    How many lies we told
    Or how old we'd grow
    Before i said goodbye
    so let's scrape our knees on the playground

    It's not your fault
    You feel okay
    It's too late in the day
    It's not your fault
    you feel betrayed
    You can't come out to play
    I never listened to a word you never said

    Wasting the hours now
    We're all suckers for tragedies
    and start this over again
    and you bring us to our knees

    As sunrise comes
    and the story will sell
    A few hundred papers
    so we'll follow you up

    So raise your hands up high and let this rain pour on
    So raise your hands up high and wash us away

    Like innocence and childbirth
    you look just like your mother
    you look just like your father
    forgive him our father
    your son is smiling
    so lay roses around you"

    Great song. the album booklet says it is "dedicated to the memory of lianne davies and lloyd bird, eternally loved and never forgotten". Clearly a song about the death of loved ones... (which fits perfectly with the name funeral for a friend btw)
    nz_music_loveron June 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThought they might be. Some of the live version lyrics sound slightly different to the album version, just changed it, thanks man!
    beni_ffafon June 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDear lord that ending is fantastic...and the way he sings "follow you up" makes me wanna headbang like a machine! Seriously, I want to start a family with this album, I love it that much!
    youlooksogoodinblueon June 21, 2005   Link

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