The Rose

Songwriter: Amanda McBroom
Performer: Bette Midler
Category: 70s

Bette Midler made this song famous in the 1979 movie The Rose. While the songwriter Amanda McBroom won a Golden Globe for writing it, she was never actually nominated for an Oscar. Bette Midler won a Grammy for her performance of it. It has been a popular song since then (though I confess not my favorite - ha!), and you can find various versions of it covered by a number of artists as diverse as Conway Twitty and Westlife.

Westlife's music video of this song is really sweet, showing scenes of a couple on their wedding day - the moments before their walk down the aisle, the tender looks during the ceremony, the celebration of the reception. It actually makes me kinda like this song after all! YouTube has a link to it here.

Sheet music - Bette Midler (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)
Sheet music - Bianca Ryan (piano/vocal)


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 it's 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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