Saturday, September 3, 2011

I’m showing my age, but...

Here’s one of my favorite singers singing one of my favorite songs....

If you’re the type who never clicks on links, it’s Bette Midler, and the song is “The Rose.” A woman named Amanda McBroom wrote the music and the lyrics in 1977, and it wound up in a film based on the life of Janis Joplin.

If you are one of the five people on the planet who don’t know this song, or if you couldn’t make out what Bette was singing in the video, here are the lyrics:

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 snow
Lies the seed that, with the sun’s love,
In the spring becomes the rose.

We now return you to the cacophony that is 2011.


  1. "We now return you to the cacophany that is 2011."

    Manu Chao! Manu Chao! Manu Chao!

  2. To further your research around what I too think of as a lovely song, may I direct you to the home page of the song's writer:-

  3. It is beautiful and thank you for reminding us of it, Bob. xx

  4. Thanks, everybody, for your comments!

    Snow, you apparently are recreating the moment when the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series when Sid Bream slid into home plate and announcer Skip Caray went wild, yelling, "Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!" and the Braves went on to the World Series (which they lost to Toronto), only you are apparently recreating it, inexplicably, in the language of Outer Mongolia.

    Yorkshire Pudding, I did think about including a link to Ms. McBroom's page in my original post, but decided against it.

    Elizabeth, you're welcome. I sat through several videos that included lots and lots of roses, but in the end I went with The Divine Miss M standing alone on a vare stage in front of a microphone.

  5. Two bogs in a row mentioning Janis Joplin. (See Roger's blog)

    I have always been a fan of the Divine Miss M so thanks for the reminder.

  6. Shooting Parrots, I was never a fan of Janis Joplin's music. But Bette Midler is another matter.

  7. That really is pretty. Unfortunately I can't get the scene in Napoleon Dynamite where the kids do this in sign language out of my mind, but se la ve, or however you spell that.