My beds are always empty
If you don't count the ghosts
'Cause I have those a plenty
And its name is rose
Its name is rose

So dear Rose, is home
The scent of skin
Or is home somewhere
I've been
So I can trace back my tracks
I can trace back my tracks

Relax in me, in me
Should I be wanting it back
I can trace back my tracks
I can trace back
I need some of that
Wander where my blood
Dark red some veins
Enough said
Not said

Lyrics submitted by BillyPilgrim

"Rose" as written by Daniel Frederic Seim Brent Knopf

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    General Commentthis is what i hear:

    "my beds are always empty
    if you don't count the ghosts
    cause i have those aplenty
    and his name is rose
    its name is rose

    so dear rose, is home
    this sack of skin?
    or is home
    somewhere i've been
    so i can trace back my tracks
    i can trace back my tracks

    romance in me is dwindling
    should i be wanting it back?
    so i can trace back my tracks
    i can trace back
    i need some of that wonder bread
    my blood, dark red
    some things not said, not said"

    its hard to tell what this song is about. at first i thought he was someone haunted by the ghost of rose, but after listening to it again i think he might be the ghost. he could be recalling that his name was rose, but since ghosts walk outside of their body he refers to himself in the third person (his name is rose). the second time he says its name is rose, as if confused at trying to remember who he was in life.

    wonderbread represents the normalcy (sp.?) which, as a ghost, he craves. the part about dark red blood could be a memory of his death or a longing for being mortal again. i think instead of meaning romance literally, since no one else is mentioned in the song, he means that he is becoming disenchanted with his existence and watches his interest in his life fade while wondering if he should pursue it.

    some things not said= regrets. he is asking rose, or himself when he was alive, what home is, whether his existence lay in his physical body, or if he returns to the places he lived, could he recapture what it meant to be alive? sry for the long explanation. this is an amazing song, especially the second verse.
    pandora_ash_avalieon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot positive on all the words, especially towards the end, but hopefully i transcribed it correctly.

    Please its a great song, by a great band, and as for the meaning i think it is realitivly self explanatory
    BillyPilgrimon May 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis band is amazing.

    I particularly like the line "is home the scent of skin or is home somewhere I've been?" It brings to mind the question of whether or not home is a concept - a combination of things, or a place.
    tay-parkeron November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSome possible lyrical corrections.

    I like "scent of skin" as lyrics too but if you listen there's definitely a "ck" sound at the end. Sounds like "sack of skin".

    Last verse:
    In me
    Is dwindling
    Should I
    Be wanting
    It back
    I can trace back
    My track
    I can trace back
    I need
    Some of that wonder bread
    My blood
    Dark red
    Nuff said
    Not said"

    That's my take on it.
    aoeuhntson February 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea those are definitly the right lyrics aoeuhnts has got up there.

    i think the song questions whether home even exists altogether. for a ghost, there is no sack of skin. so home must be a place of retreat you can trace your steps back to. home is where everything begins possibly?

    i think there's more to this girl rose thats not in the song. i think menomena likes to leave lyrics open ended like this so theres more that the mind thinks up, theres more to interpret, and interpretations are more widely ranged.

    these lyrics are so full of intangible, abstract thought, its hard to analyze. but it sounds so cool

    right after the first set of 'i can trace back my tracks' - thats my favorite piano riff in the whole world.

    menomena rocks
    thefiddlehackson July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMinor thing...I am almost positive he says "his name is rose", at least the first time. Not sure what the significance is...or if the ghost thing is siginificant at all. The song is great and they could be singing in hopelandic for all i care...
    LazyKiddo2525on March 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah I agree, I heard a "his name" in there. Male ghost named Rose? What?!
    jxnarcoticzon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanother aproach is trying to figure out were your home is...
    lets ask the ghosts (old memories/ forgotten whatevera) to try and recall therefore we trace back out lives to find our origin (home) also home is were the heart is and if there is no one to love is there no home?
    finaly my favorite part is the wonderbread
    and i dont know about you but when i here that i emediatly think back to were my mum would get me to eat wonder bread n penut butter for nutrition or wutever kinda a home like memory
    merlyn006on November 15, 2007   Link
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    Lyric Correctioni don't think the "wonder bread" part is correct... i hear... I need someone that won't regret...
    tmferencakon January 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentEven though one might probe deeper into the meanings of the songs, the band is adamant about not revealing any lyrical significance. "[We] usually don't even discuss the meanings of our songs amongst ourselves. We all trust each other enough to assume that whatever we may be writing about is important enough to accept at face value. Brent once offered a sincere explanation of a song he had written ('Rose') to Justin's mother upon her repeated requests. It sounded so awkward to hear him stumble to explain himself that I think the three of us silently vowed that day to never force ourselves to place concrete meaning on what could be merely abstract thought. Oh, and by the way, 'Rose' is about dislocation," Seim chuckles at his own sly joke.…
    k2babyon January 02, 2019   Link

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