"Cold Roses" as written by and John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams....
Mirrors in the room go black and blue
On a Sunday morning in Saturday shoes
We don't choose who we love
We don't choose

In a Sunday suit, with the Saturday beat
She don't love who she chose
She don't need what she do

Daylight comes in exposin'
Saturday bruises and cold roses
Cold roses

Nothin' but the sunlight'll help you grow from underneath your bed
You can't see the window
We don't choose what we see
We don't choose

Fortunate and angry just like a child
All that money buys you medicine but can't buy you time
We don't choose what we love
And she don't need what she got

Daylight comes in exposin'
Saturday bruises and cold roses
Cold roses

Cold roses
Cold roses
Cold roses


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"Cold Roses" as written by Catherine Anne Popper Bradley Smith Pemberton

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    General Commenti'm pretty sure 'cold roses' describes the bruises. they're violent flowers on her skin
    disease18on August 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just so beautiful. I love Ryan Adams lyrics and vocals.
    bazketkazeon August 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the morning after for someone Adams cares about, and how what she does to herself hurts him.
    OhMeon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a woman in an abusive relationship who turns to drugs to cope with the pain. She's in love with her abuser - she doesn't want to be, but "we don't choose who we love." And the drugs aren't doing her any good - "She don't need what she use."

    I agree that it's a morning-after song ("On a Sunday morning in her Saturday shoes" is a great lyric), but I think those bruises the daylight exposes are real, not metaphorical...or if they are a metaphor, they're emotional scars.

    I'm not sure what "cold roses" could refer to, unless it's maybe her recognition that the abuser doesn't really love her.
    sweetaddy08on May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about the 'cold roses' either but I did read in an interview, that he often uses the name 'rose' as an alter ego for himself in many of his songs. I agree with the morning after idea but I am wondering if the rose reference means these are his experiences and no someone elses.
    bkroberts421on January 26, 2008   Link

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