"Rosemary" as written by Jerome J. Garcia and Robert C. Hunter....
Boots were of leather
A breath of cologne
Her mirror was a window
She sat quite alone

All around her
The garden grew
Scarlet and purple
And crimson and blue

She came and she went
And at last went away
The garden was sealed
When the flowers decayed

On the wall of the garden
A legend did say:
No one may come here
Since no one may stay

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"Rosemary" as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

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    General CommentThis is about a girl that the band knew that was beautiful (the garden), but ruined herself with either drugs or sex (the flowers decayed) and she would let nobody into her feelings (no one may come here, since no one may say).
    thedanman344on April 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti have nooooo idea, but a verrry awesome song
    asknoquestionson July 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe Secret Garden?
    holtyon January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is saying that someone is dead, and she comes to visit to see the pretty flowers, but when all the flowers are dead, she leaves because theres no more pretty flowers to see. i think its just looking at death as a matter of time and we can never live forever.
    forever.gratefulon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta girl that they knew was too into herself and lived for herself merely by pleasures and let no one come near her
    stoner4lifeon February 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentliterally: a girl who isolated herself from everything...i picture some fairy tail rich beautiful royal princess or something...she was very self absorbed, maybe out of necessity [she knows no other way]...she eventually died, left relatively unknown, and it was very sad.

    Figuratively: money can not keep you company.
    deadcow666on July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI find this song allegorical of earthly life itself. Some argue that man's impermanence on earth ultimately renders his time here irrelevant, like it never existed because it never could endure. And I certainly feel like the legend on the garden wall has a similar meaning.
    My favorite line by far is "The mirror was a window she sat by alone." This girl had delved deep into herself, I think, because she, struck and horrified by the transience of life, turned to vanity. I mean, at the very least, she could be certain of her physical beauty, despite the ambiguity surrounding spiritual concerns. Its very easy to cling to what you are sure of in the face of impending and inevitable decay.
    But thats really all speculation...
    RubyTues12on December 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits a beautiful song that I always thought was kind of sad. the girl was trying to escape through the mirror(referring to the mirror as a window, meaning she is using the mirror as a window and staring into it), while not being able to appreciate the beauty around her(the various colors and flower of the beautiful garden) she instead is focused on how life will eventually come to an end. Recently these questions of life and death have been rolling around my brain, and I think the message is that death is also a beautiful part of life. And also that death is only one PART of life, so that means that there is so much more. (many PARTS). Its easy to become saddened by the concept that it will all end someday, yet this is just a distracting thought that keeps you from living.
    MrSunshineon July 17, 2013   Link

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