I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine
there's got to be a little rain sometimes
when you take you got to give so live and let live or let go

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden.
I could promise you things like big diamond rings
but you don't find roses growing on stocks of clover
so better think it over

Well if sweet talking you would make it come true
I'd give you the world right now on a silver platter
but what would it matter

so smile for a while and let's be jolly
love shouldn't be so melancholy
come along and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine
there's got to be a little rain sometimes.

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
but if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go
but there's one thing I want you to know

you better look before you leap
still water runs deep
and there won't always be someone there to pull you out and you know what I'm talkin' about

so smile for a while and let's be jolly
love shouldn't be so melancholy
come on and share the good times while we can.

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine
there's got to be a little rain sometimes.


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    General Commentgod damn i cant get enough of this song
    sue asideon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a cover isn't it?
    angelgarbageon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a cover, of a country song. I heard this song first on the SLC punk soundtrack, and I live in SLC, Utah. If you have seen the suicide machines play live then you understand the power they put through there shows, well this song shows it alot also. I also got to talk to the guitarist{dan} and the singer {jay} and they were very nice fellows.
    noreasontodieon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThese guys rock my world! They are insanely good! I have been listening to them ever since I was a Kid...most def rock live! If anyone has a chance to drop by and see there show...GO FOR IT! I know bones are hard to come by..but drop em for this band. They represent everything i love in music...yeah this song rules!
    WEMIGHTBEGIANTSon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fucking rad and i love how they punked the shit out of a country song for SLC Punk! Suicide Machines kick ass!
    Mo_Roccoon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe suicide machines are cool, i like how they have alot of different types of music on their cd, it really makes it interesting
    sparklingmonkeyson July 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI cant stop listening to this song .
    NIKKIEon April 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsuicide machines fukin ROCK
    ataris4x20on April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's a slightly pathetic and annoying song at first...and may come off as really stupid. But the insger really isn't half-bad. I mean, he keeps in tune and appears fairly well trained. Could be just computer changed a lot....But if you look into the lyrics it's like he's saying "I want to be with you but theres nothing more I can give except myself. I cannot make these promises I cannot keep. Stop asking so much of me and let's just be happy." So relatively good point. Sounds kinda funny though *chuckles*
    vampirella666on February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've heard that it's supposed to be a break-up song, however, I think it's leaning more towards a "lets work it out." It's really about this guy who refuses to promise his loved one unrealistic things (the world, forever, ect) because he knows it's not in his power.

    "I beg your pardon
    I never promised you a rose garden
    along with the sunshine
    there's got to be a little rain sometimes
    when you take you got to give so live and let live or let go"

    (I'm sorry, I never promised you the perfect relationship.
    We've had some good times, but there has to be a few bad times, too.
    When you take, you have to give back, so just deal with it and keep going on with your life.)

    "I could promise you things like big diamond rings
    but you don't find roses growing on stocks of clover
    so better think it over
    Well if sweet talking you would make it come true
    I'd give you the world right now on a silver platter
    but what would it matter"

    (I could give you material items, but I may not be able to keep these unrealistic promises
    If all you ever wanted was sweet talk, I'd promise you the world, but in all seriousness, I really can't give you that)

    "So smile for a while and let's be jolly
    love shouldn't be so melancholy
    come along and share the good times while we can."

    (Cheer up, we're in love, we shouldn't be so sad.
    Let's enjoy the good times of the present)

    "I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
    but if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go
    but there's one thing I want you to know
    you better look before you leap
    still water runs deep
    and there won't always be someone there to pull you out and you know what I'm talkin' about"

    (I could promise you things beyond my power, but if that's all you want, I'd rather not have you.
    You better think about things before you do them, because you may just get into trouble later on and I won't always be there to help you.)
    vendetta_limeon June 21, 2005   Link

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