"It Must Have Been The Roses" as written by and Robert C. Hunter....
Annie laid her head down in the roses.
She had ribbons, ribbons, ribbons, in her long brown hair.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses,
All I know I could not leave her there.
I don't know, it must have been the roses,
The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses,
All I know I could not leave her there.
Ten years the waves roll the ships home from the sea,
Thinkin' well how it may blow in all good company,
If I tell another what your own lips told to me,
Let me lay 'neath the roses, till my eyes no longer see.
I don't know, it must have been the roses,
The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses,
All I know I could not leave her there.
One pane of glass in the window,
No one is complaining, no, come in and shut the door,
Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore,
And it's strange how no one comes round any more.
I don't know, it must have been the roses,
The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses,
All I know I could not leave her there.
Annie laid her head down in the roses.
She had ribbons, ribbons, ribbons, in her long brown hair.
I don't know, maybe it was the roses,
All I know I could not leave her there.


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    General Commentcan't believe no one has even tried to show what it means, this song. let me start with it is a intimate and personal angle song, the delivery of the singing is very... crucial to what the feeling of the song is... since otherwise it may seem vague...
    but to me, Annie is dead and she is laid down in a bed of roses and her hair is dressed up with crimson ribbons.
    well chances are, you won't lay your head down in roses unless your dead since their thorns would hurt and it would be too frivolous to roll around in roses... however, while alive certainly, Annie must have expressed a vivid image that she should like to be covered in roses till she couldn't see... meaning, that is an awful lot of roses, a lot of expense, a lot of feeling being loved, a beautiful fantasy, you know, what with the lovely smell and decadence...
    well she looks so beautiful, the image is never going to leave...(and i assume she died some unfortunate early death, still with her beauty) nor the bond between the two... there was a vision shared between the two of them that is no longer possible with our man left alone... there may be good company from ten years out to sea, since the locals already know and dread the state of his, one pane left and neglect in his home... he is haunted with the vision of his Annie... he tells the story to new sympathetic ears, but it really is a beautiful but sad tale that doesn't ask for repeat visits... he is alone with the vision she left him with. something like that... I think it is like a mantra that is reflective of pain and the beauty of love lost.
    foggynotionon May 06, 2012   Link

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