The Rose

MidlerToday is Friday, June 14, 2013.

Bette Midler is another singer whose voice I love.  Born in 1945, she is not only a singer, but also a songwriter, actress, comedienne, film producer and entrepreneur.  Many of her songs, including “The Rose,” became instant hits on the radio.  Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 in the film The Rose which earned her a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress of 1980.  The song was written by Amanda McBroom, and since it was made popular by Midler, it has been covered by many artists.  McBroom won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and Midler earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song.

There are two mixes of the song. The single mix features orchestration, while the version in the film (and on its soundtrack) includes an extended introduction while doing away with the orchestration in favor of piano-and-vocals only.

Here’s a link to Midler’s version.

The Rose (A. McBroom)

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love, it is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed

It’s the heart, afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It’s the dream, afraid of waking
That never takes the chance

It’s the one who won’t be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong

Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed
That with the sun’s love, in the spring
Becomes the rose

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The song is hopeful, even though it references a time of sadness and loneliness.  It encourages us to take risks, to be bold, to go after what we want in life.  No pain, no gain.  🙂

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