"Roses" as written by Marko Saaresto, Markus Kaarlonen and Olli Tukiainen....
I've walked the distance, I paid my dues and tried to have a go at what I thought I knew was real, held
No appeal
I've been to places, I've seen the tidings,
I bought a book of rules for every coin that I could steal
And so I came to gaze upon the stars, when they were yet unborn
And consequently, tear at my old scars, and the mask I had outworn

So when I'm crying alone
Yeah, when I'm cold as a dying stone

Grow me a garden of roses
Paint me the colors of sky and rain
Teach me to speak with their voices
Show me the way and I'll try again

I've heard the rumors, started fires, I sowed a sordid lot of plays for keeps for what I need, behold
The demons that I freed
I've tried my best at wearing the hard hat, but healing doesn't seem to happen when you hide away the
Seed
And so I came across the medicine man, and he showed me what I'd forlorn
For if I'm stayed it happens by my own hand, and my own voice full of scorn

So when I'm crying alone
Yeah, when I'm cold as a dying stone

Grow me a garden of roses
Paint me the colors of sky and rain
Teach me to speak with their voices
Show me the way and I'll try again

Without you I'm nothing at all
And life has the face of a morbid game
With you nothing seems impossible
It all seems to fit the frame

So when I'm crying alone
Yeah, when I'm cold as a dying stone

Grow me a garden of roses
Paint me the colors of sky and rain
Teach me to speak with their voices
Show me the way and I'll try again




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"Roses" as written by Amanda Mcbroom

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    General Comment'So when I'm crying alone
    Yeah, when I'm cold as a dying stone'
    The narrator is without feelings. He can't feel (or doesn't allow himself to feel) emotional highs and lows anymore, because of the things that he did and things that happened in the past.

    He is asking someone (girl maybe) to show him what it's like to feel again. That his life is not only grey anymore, but full of colours (feelings.) 'Paint me the colors of sky and rain'
    The sky as a beautifull blue (happiness) but also the colour of the rain (sadness). In other words, just to feel again. No high without a low.

    Long story short: it's about bringing feelings back and just to feel alive again.

    Good song, catchy too.
    MaximumMaxon June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't sat down to really listen to it yet, but god damn is this one hell of a song.
    phoonzangon May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is probably my favorite on their new album. PoTF is amazing! I love everything I've heard by them.
    tired_heroon May 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone seen the AMV of Final Fantasy with this song? The video is really beautiful and suits this song very well.
    Orchidson December 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHas anyone seen the AMV of Final Fantasy with this song? The video is really beautiful and suits this song very well.
    Orchidson December 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIncredible song, in fact one of my favourite songs. Such a sad, yet uplifting song, makes me feel no matter what happens i can pick myself up and there will be the girl i love there for me.
    steveh125on April 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPoets of the Fall are of the few bands who can actually claim the title 'poet'. The lyrics are just so fucking beautiful. If surrealism in visual art could be translated into music, this would be it.
    S14on May 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNote that in the chorus the narrator is speaking to himself. Rather than "crying alone" and "cold as a dying stone", the narrator is telling himself to do something positive with his life (i.e. "paint a picture of roses").

    Wisdom is the narrator's medicine man.
    asortofdreamon August 02, 2012   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningThis song's about a religious conversion.

    I've walked the distance, I paid my dues and tried to have a go at what I thought I knew was real, held no appeal

    - He's lived his life and tried to follow his old religon (What I thought I knew was real), but it held "no appeal".

    I've been to places, I've seen the tidings,
    I bought a book of rules for every coin that I could steal

    - He's traveled around and seen many religions, and bought many holy books (book of rules). Perhaps this means the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, etc.

    And so I came to gaze upon the stars, when they were yet unborn
    And consequently, tear at my old scars, and the mask I had outworn

    - And all this learning about other religions led him to question his faith, perhaps he questioned it before in his life (old scars), and he now wants to change (mask I had outworn).

    So when I'm crying alone
    Yeah, when I'm cold as a dying stone

    - This lack of faith really bothers him.

    Grow me a garden of roses
    Paint me the colors of sky and rain
    Teach me to speak with their voices
    Show me the way and I'll try again


    - Garden of roses might refer to heaven/paradise, or peace of mind in general. He wants to follow a new faith which will enchant him and help guide his life (show me the way).

    I've heard the rumors, started fires, I sowed a sordid lot of plays for keeps for what I need, behold the demons that I freed

    - Learning about new faiths has started a 'fire' in his mind, and he can't stop thinking about changing his religion.

    I've tried my best at wearing the hard hat, but healing doesn't seem to happen when you hide away the seed

    -He tried to ignore it (wearing the hard hat) but it wont go away so long as he ignores it (healing doesn't happen/hide away the seed)

    And so I came across the medicine man, and he showed me what I'd forlorn
    For if I'm stayed it happens by my own hand, and my own voice full of scorn

    -Medicine man is an allusion to any kind of religious teacher, Priest, Preacher, Imam, etc. He used to not listen to such people (voice full of scorn) but now he wants to change his mind because of this trouble in his life.

    Without you I'm nothing at all
    And life has the face of a morbid game
    With you nothing seems impossible
    It all seems to fit the frame

    - Without religion (God, maybe, but the religion he refers to in the song is not specific) he is nothing at all, and life seems worthless (face of a morbid game). Nothing seems impossible with this new faith, and now it all makes sense to him (fit the frame).

    Hope that makes sense.
    Chamboozeron August 30, 2011   Link

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