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Roses From The Wrong Man

  • (Christine Lavin)

    She opens the door, surprised to see the delivery man
    Standing there, flowers in his hand
    For me?, she said. He nods his head
    She takes the flowers in and she's read the note

    Roses from the wrong man
    Poetry written in the wrong hand
    She waits for one, she hears from another
    Who tells her how much he loves her
    With roses from the wrong man

    She puts the flowers in the middle of the living-room
    And the air is filled with delicate perfume
    She takes a deep breath, closes her eyes
    Slowly shakes her head and sighs
    Roses from the wrong man

    Roses from the wrong man
    Poetry written in the wrong hand
    She waits for one, hears from another
    Who tells her how much he loves her
    With roses from the wrong man

    How long can she hold on for someone who might never come around
    How many times will the other man try if she keeps turning him down
    And she's not getting any younger, she doesn't want to settle for less
    How can such pretty flowers bring so much unhappiness

    Since she was a child of eleven or twelve she had had this dream
    To receive the kind of flowers carried by a beauty queen
    Sometimes dreams can come true
    In ways you don't want them to
    Like roses from the wrong man

    Roses from the wrong man
    Poetry written in the wrong hand
    She waits for one, hears from another
    Who tells her how much he loves her
    With roses from the wrong man

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [2000:] There isn't a woman in the audience who can't relate to the bittersweet eternal triangle which Iain's voice sets out with such stark emotion. 'Roses' is an object lesson in songwriting; a story pared down to one event and a few thoughts and dreams, a lifetime offered up by implication. (Notes Iain MacKintosh & Brian McNeill, 'Live and Kicking')

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