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The Rose by Bette Midler

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Some say love , it is a river that drowns the tender reed.

(sometimes love can be overwhelming to a fault)

Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.

(sometimes love hurts bad and leaves a lasting scar)

Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need.

(sometimes love can not satisfy or fill the void)

I say love, it is a flower, and you it's only seed.

(I thinks love grows from within you)

It's the heart, afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance.

(kinda -better to have loved and lost than never loved at all)

It's the dream, afraid of waking, that never takes a chance.

(if you don't make calls, you don't make sales)

It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give.

(Love is learned, you must first be loved to know how to love)

And the soul, afraid of dyin', that never learns to live.

(back to take a chance or regret forever)

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.

(all things can be new again. keep trying, never stop loving or give up on finding love. If you seek love it may take longer than you desire but you will find it - if the candle blows out re-light it, every spring life returns from the dead of winter)

Hope this helps. I love this song. Ever see the movie?


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Thank you so much! It was suggested by someone that I pay attention to these lyrics. I love the song but could never make the connection. Yes, saw the movie, loved it...sad ending to a gifted performer.

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LOVE that movie, but is did end real sad. I've heard that it was somewhat based on the life of Janis Joplin.

Not only was it based on Janis, the original title of the movie was The Janis Joplin story.

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