"Roses" as written by Antony Von Williams, Antony Von Williams, Kanye Omari N West and William...
I know it's past visiting hours
But can I please give her these flowers?
The doctor don't wanna take procedures
He claim my heart can't take the anesthesia
It'll send her body into a seizure
That lil' thing by the hospital bed, it'll stop beepin'
Hey chick, I'm at a loss for words
What do you say at this time? Remember when I was 9?
Tell her everything gon' be fine, but I be lyin'
Her family cryin', they want her to live, and she tryin'
I'm arguin' like what kind of doctor can we fly in?
You know the best medicine go to people that's paid
If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS
And all the broke motherfuckers passed away
You telling me if my grandma was in the NBA
Right now she'd be okay? But since she
Was just a secretary, worked for the church for 35 years
Things 'sposed to stop right here
My grandfather tryin' to pull it together, he's strong
That's where I get my confidence from
I asked the nurse "Did you do the research?"
She asked me, "Can you sign some t-shirts?"
Bitch, is you smokin' reefer?
You don't see that we hurt? But still

I smile when roses come to see me
And I, can't wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can't wait for the clouds to break

They outside of the emergency room
You can feel my heartbeat, beat, beat
If she gon' pull through, we gon' find out soon
But right now she asleep, sleep, sleep
My momma say they say she could pass away any day
Hey chick, what these doctors know anyway?
Let me see the X-rays, I ain't no expert, I'm just hurt
Cousin Kim took off of work
Plus my Aunt Shirley, Aunt Beverly, Aunt Clay and Aunt Jean
So many Aunties we could have an Auntie Team
Feel like Amerie, it's just "One Thing"
When they said that she made it you see they eyes gleam
I think we at a all-time high
To get there, we run, we fly, we drive
Cause with my family we know we know where home is
And so instead of sendin' flowers, we the roses

I smile when roses come to see me
And I, can't wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can't wait for the clouds to break

It brings the sunshine, oh

I smile when roses come to see me
And I, can't wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can't wait for the clouds to break

I smile when Rosie come to see me
And I'm sad, when Rosie goes away
'Cause Rosie brings the sunshine (say)

Can't wait, I can't wait, no
Can't wait, I can't wait, no
Can't wait, I, can't wait
No, can't wait, for, for a sunny day
Momma can't wait, for the clouds to break
Mm mm mm mm-mm mm-mm
Oh oh oh oh no no, say
Tellin' you the truth now
Said I can't wait, uh uh
I won't wait, no


Lyrics submitted by eatamuffin

"Roses" as written by Antony Williams Kanye Omari West

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    General CommentThis song is about Kanye's grandmother getting surgery and him not knowing if she'll make it. "Chick" is his grandmother's nickname.
    eatamuffinon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOhhhh! One of my favorites of the Late Registation album. Kanye is a master at creating an atmosphere. I love the Gospel Chorus. Beautiful!
    Tyler2004durdenon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti need to send my nana some roses... damn
    PinkFloydrulezon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBlck_Dymnd,
    Why be like that? I didn't know it until I read eatamuffin's post.

    At any rate, I just wanted to point out that the part where the track drops out and it's just the single, the man is singing "''I smile when Rosie comes to see me/and I'm sad when Rosie goes away/Cuz Rosie brings the sunshine..." Who is singing? I don't have the liner notes for the cd anymore.
    fortheloveon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen the chorus kicks in it's just like god damn.. chills.. this song is so good
    PinkFloydrulezon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful
    PinkFloydrulezon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is wicked.. i think the lyrics explain themselves.. this song makes me cry tho every time i hear it..
    shaluon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso...

    his grandmother is in the hospital and she's not doing good.

    he starts to reminisce about better times [Remember when I was nine?]

    he's frustrated because of the doctors' lack of help and insists that if they were rich or famous, his grandmother would be better taken care of [If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS. And all the broke mu'fuckers passed away You tellin' me if my grandma's in the NBA Right now she'd be ok?] & [I asked the nurse "Did you do the research?" She asked me "Can you sign some t-shirts?" Bitch, is you smokin' reefer? You don't see that we hurt?]

    the "roses" referred to in the song don't mean flowers. "roses" are the family members that come to see his grandmother [I smile when roses come to see me]

    things are still looking bad but he's trying to be positive around 'chick', his grandmother [My momma say they say she could pass away any day Hey chick, what these doctors know anyway?]

    the whole family is there cheering 'chick' on to pull through [Cousin Kim took off work. Plus my aunt Shirley, aunt Beverly, aunt Clay, and aunt Jean So many aunties we could have an auntie team]

    'chick's' gonna be ok and everyone's happy [When they said that she made it you see they eyes gleam I think we at an all-time high]

    again, instead of flowers, they send "roses" aka family [So instead of sendin' flowers, We the roses]

    This is another powerful song from Kanye. It demonstrates how family orientated he is and how close his relationship is with his grandmother. It also shows how encouaging family can be.
    AJzzl05on July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAJzzl05 pretty much covered it all, so I'll just say that this song kicks ass. When it comes on, I'm transformed into one of the gospel backup singers, beltin' it out.
    nidolkeon August 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy nana died a week ago... I never did send her any roses.. god damn it

    ;_;
    PinkFloydrulezon June 05, 2008   Link

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