"Run For The Roses" as written by and Dan Fogelberg....
Born in the valley
And raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With Mama beside you
To help you along
You'll soon be a growing up strong

All long lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lied ahead
The run for the roses so red

And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined in the dance
It's high time you joined in the dance

From sire to sire
It's born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It's breeding and it's training
And it's something unknown
That drives you and carries you home

And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined in the dance
It's high time you joined in the dance



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"Run for the Roses" as written by Dan Fogelberg

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    General Commenti never knew what this song was about, i thought it was about a person, i just figured it out. its about a horse!!! still a good song
    poohblueskyon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"Run for the Roses" is about horse racing. When a horse wins a race, they are draped with a banner of roses. Those are the roses the song is telling them to run for. (This song may be referring specifically to the Kentucky Derby. I'm not sure.)
    Hypergraphiaon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's about the Kentucky Derby..and it took Dan about two hours to write it.RIP to Dan...this song will live on forever!!
    crombiegirl00on April 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove hearing this along with "My Old Kentucky Home" around the First Saturday in May.
    hoyomanon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"The Run for the Roses" is literally the KY Derby. But the lyrics "It's the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance" refers to all of us, not just this horse, ie, "Go for it!" when the time comes.
    l1nkh0gthr0bon October 13, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningits about a horse, sure, but that wasnt the only meaning it had.
    lukawren24on February 15, 2014   Link

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