The poisoned rose
That you gave to me
It left me half alive, and
Half in ecstasy

But if half of your love
Is all I can win
Give me just a fraction
But no more medicine

The poisoned rose
On a Valentine card
That you take straight to the heart, that
You call my junkyard

But if all I can do
Is save pieces of you
The piece of your mind
The piece of your heart

Didn't tear me apart
Like the poisoned rose
I received from you

I don't know
How we came to grow
Into this very sad affair
Every time we do the decent thing
Somebody spikes the drink
And a single becomes a pair

The poisoned rose
That you wear at your best
That I keep pressed between the white sheets
Where you lie half undressed

I threw away my shirt and shoes
You looked and I dived in
It's just you and me now
'Cause I threw away the gin
I threw away your alibis, and
All your worn-out clothes
Threw myself upon the floor, but
I couldn't throw away

This poisoned rose
This poisoned rose
This poisoned rose

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Poisoned Rose Lyrics as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentI saw him in concert and he did this song... I was just blown away. I always thought he was a pretty good singer, but when he did this song he just blew me away.

    It's a horribly sad song. The rose, as described early in the song, is her love. But she refuses to to truly let herself love him, so although he's happy that he gets some affection from her, it just kills him that she doesn't seem to take him seriously.
    TheSilverNobleon August 19, 2006   Link

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