"Give My Love to Rose" as written by and Johnny R. Cash....
I found him by the railroad track this morning
I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dying fellow said

He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco
For ten long years I've paid for what I've done
I was trying to get back to Louisiana
To see my Rose and get to know my son

Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Won't you tell them I said thanks for waiting for me
Tell my boy to help his mom at home
Tell my Rose to try to find another
'Cause it ain't right that she should live alone

Mister here's a bag with all my money
It won't last them long the way it goes
God bless you for finding me this morning
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
And don't forget to give my love to Rose


Lyrics submitted by toterkater, edited by Mellow_Harsher, ronandylon

"Give My Love to Rose" as written by Johnny R. Cash

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    General Commentevery time I listen to this song, I feel like crying, and I even did for a few times, especially when cash sings the lines "Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of hime"... its just so damn sad, and definitely the best song of the"American IV"-album.
    ChubbyPrincesson April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGorgeous song. One of my favorite Cash songs. Easy to understand. Sad but beautiful. Cash was a master...and his relationship with his wife priceless...
    TurnMeOnon November 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song
    timbo_the_bimboon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just cried to this song. Plain Awesome. Simple as that.
    AntiWinner22on April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWait, how did the man die? It never says or implies in the song.
    AntiWinner22on April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, this was on "At Folsom Prison" and "American IV." I'm assuming these are the only two recordings? Anyone else know?
    illiniwek05on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAntiWinner22, I've always assumed that he was hit by a train.

    illiniwek05, there's a classic boom-chicka-boom version on a few albums too.

    This song is sad, but a very fitting Johnny Cash tune.
    givemebeeron December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a truely awesome song. Im mostly into metal and not alot of songs hit me where this one does. and its a literal/story-song too. weird.
    geoffsaintgeoffon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me so sad everytime i hear it but i can't stop listening to it'
    capicutieon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song was also released on the Columbia Records album I Walk The Line
    THoule131on October 30, 2008   Link

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