"Cracklin' Rosie" as written by and Neil Diamond....
Cracklin' Rosie, get on board
We're gonna ride till there ain't no more to go
Taking it slow
Lord, don't you know
Have made me a time with a poor man's lady

Hitchin' on a twilight train
Ain't nothing there that I care to take along
Maybe a song
To sing when I want
Don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune

Oh, I love my Rosie child
She got the way to make me happy
You and me, we go in style
Cracklin Rose, you're a store bought woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin' on

Play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
God if it lasts for an hour, that's al right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don't ask no questions, yeah

Oh, I love my Rosie child
You got the way to make me happy
You and me, we go in style
Cracklin Rose, you're a store-baught woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin' on

Play it now
Play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
God if it lasts for an hour, that's all right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don't ask no question, yeah


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"Cracklin Rosie" as written by Neil Diamond

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    General CommentMy favourite Neil Diamond song! I always liked the tune, but when I heard Neil give his explanation for the lyrics...well it just tugged on my heart strings. Now I almost cry when I hear it over the radio (as I crank up the volume!). You see, Neil Diamond said he was once travelling though a small hick town (forgotten where) which was on the outskirts of a Native American Reserve. The Natives were addicted to alcohol, but didn't have enough money to afford real drink. So they purchased an aftershave lotion from the local drugstore. Neil remembered it was pink in colour, and THIS WAS THE REASON the Natives called it "Cracklin Rosie"... as though it was some fancy sparkling wine or something.

    And Neil was there when they sat around drinking this stuff in order to get drunk and forget all of their troubles... If you have EVER had to help get a loved one though the agony of alcohol addiction (like I have)... YOU'LL UNDERSTAND just how lovely... and how SAD, this song really is.
    RayManon January 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy daddy liked to sing this to me when he would rough house with me and my sister Lynn when were really little. :) Great memories,the few that I have. Thank you Neil Diamond. :)
    redshiftdazzleron July 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCracklin' Rosie is a bottle of wine. The narrator is a hobo.
    oldriffon May 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most awesome song! Especially when he sings that really low bridge! Definately a masterpeice! except i always thought he was singing about a rose untill today! lol
    littlemspunkon June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about sex.
    the ecolion May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I read in an article (presumably by Neil) that he thought to write the song after visiting an Indian reservation one night. He said the men had nothing to do but sit around and drink cheap wine which I believe was called "Cranklin Rosie". Store-bought woman that knows how to make them happy. Kinda sad, but a fun song to listen to.
    pinbackon August 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about a guy & his blow up sex doll.
    "Have me a time with a poor man's lady" "Cracklin' Rosie you're a store-bought woman"Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
    God if it lasts for an hour, that's all right
    We got all night
    To set the world right
    Find us a dream that don't asks no questions, yeah
    bikerbob4on March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd to all the music lovers out there:

    "Don't need to say 'Please' to no man for a happy tune!"
    marcevanon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Kyle, Bikerbob, & Ultravixen. I think he'
    s talkin' about a cheap, cracklin', blowup doll with rosey red cheeks. "Store bought-woman", " have me a time with a poor man's lady", " a dream that don't ask no questions". Sound's like a doll more than a drink to me.
    Medic1720on July 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCracklin Rose is the name given to a cheap american
    rose wine Believe me i once knew her well
    sing_emon September 03, 2008   Link

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