"Cactus and a Rose" as written by Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman....
Sitting up here in this New York townhouse
Decorated in grays and blues and everybody knows
Love won't grow for a cactus and a rose

When that old wild streak beneath my skin
Sets my crazy spree again
They'll all say I told you so
Love won't grow for a cactus and a rose

'Cause I still like to drink my beer
And I still love a honky tonk
Where the good ole girls will always dance with you
When the high falootin' women won't

And I'm locked into a way of life
I can't give it up, I know it makes me sad
Love can't be had for a cactus and a rose
It makes me sad
Love can't be had for a cactus and a rose

Sometimes falling makes more sense
Than sitting in the middle of the same old fence
You're gonna loose either way you go
And love won't grow for a cactus and a rose

So I'm sitting up here in this New York townhouse
Decorated in grays and blues and everybody knows
Love won't grow for a cactus and a rose

'Cause I still like to drink my beer
And I still love a honky tonk
Where the good ole girls will always dance with you
When the high falootin' women won't

And I'm locked into a way of life
I can't give it up, I know it makes me sad
Love can't be had for a cactus and a rose

It makes me sad
Love can't be had for a cactus and a rose


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"Cactus and a Rose" as written by Chips Moman Bobby Emmons

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    General CommentHe’s sitting at home contemplating his love for a woman, knowing that it just won’t work out. When that old itch of love kicks in, he’ll go after it and it won’t work out, just like how people are telling him.

    In the end, there are things he’ll always go back to – his beer, the honky tonk he enjoys going to. There’s something to be said about those down-to-earth women who will accept a dance. The high society women who refuse a dance, so what if they turn their nose up at you?

    He’s trapped into a way of life that just causes him grief, and he just can’t give it up.

    There are times that you’re caught on the fence, and sometimes, it just makes more sense to fall and see where you land because it’s difficult to choose a side of the fence. Either way you go, you’re not going to win, so just fall where you will.

    The cactus and the rose are so different that whatever love there may be, it just won’t work out, and it’s hard.


    I've always loved this song. One of my favorites by Gary.
    28scotlandon April 13, 2017   Link

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