a song that touched

Wanna let thoughts out. Sitting in front of a blank screen, laying fingers on the keyboard, now that words came out as a deluge..

There’s a song that keeps obsessing me over the past days. It, at the very first moment, caught me with a soft voice, like someone is whispering these words;

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.

The soundtrack was turned on, in several scenes, whenever a male character visited his girlfriend. Sitting side by side of her tomb, “gossiping” with her about his past days like the old days they used to. The flow of a chat, sometimes, got serious topics, sometimes just random thoughts, yet utterly softly and sympathetically.

The ballad left a ‘weird’ sense of intimacy (or said strong emotional connection) to me so that I searched for its full version. Not only had the lyrics, the melody got me completely.

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.

And 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

The repeated melody with C, following with G, then F chords seemed to pour little by little into an infinite hole in my soul. [just thought of someday I could somehow play it smoothly on piano]

It seems to be a poetry indeed, doesn’t it?

The lyric reminds me of the love, as well as the lack thereof, that I’m in between. Yet there’s still a sign of light after all. The song encourages me (or you, dear reader) embracing the love, by letting go of the fear, living life (fully) otherwise it will pass by without any hesitation. In spite of being in any stage, maybe one hasn’t found the ‘one’ yet, or one has just stepped out of a (committed) relationship, or one’s still been stuck in the middle of so-called love, there will be a flower, rising from a seed even through hardship, eventually. (like the rule of nature, after winter here comes the spring)

keep faith, it will happen 🙂

don’t forget to tenderly give it enough care since you’re, yourself, the only seed.

“.. lies a seed that with the sun’s love

in the spring becomes the rose”




last but not least, an interesting analysis to learn of a poetry ^_^ (got it from a site http://www.songmeanings.com)

Bette Midler expresses sorrow and mourn but also hope and triumph in “The Rose”. With traces of Nashville Sound and the flow of Patsy Cline with the smooth vocals and string ensembles. Midler hits notes that send shivers to the spine as she touches on the truths of love. Midler sings the depressing lyrics in an elegiac tone at the beginning of the number. Many metaphors are used to describe how love is compared to hurtful things(3-6). The second phrase is a transition from an elegiac tone to a hortatory tone. The third phrase has encouraging lyrics which are sung louder and with more exciting instrumentals. Bette encourages listeners to plant the seed of love “far beneath the bitter snow” and “in the spring becomes the rose”. Rose is being used as an allusion because in the song, growing a rose is like taking a chance to love. The beautiful, romantic rose is a symbol of a relationship being nurtured to success. Bette Midler uses personification to make taking chances for love more personal. It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance–/ It’s the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance (9-12). Midler uses other poetic devices such as hyperbole to exagerate why people are afraid to love. Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed (4-5). “The Rose” is a song focused on modernism. This song proves modern because the listeners are interested in depth and exploring meaning in the deep lyrics of the song. Seeking the underlying of the universe expressed in language is like picking apart this song to its core to decipher the real message. One aspect of postmodernism in this song is relevant as the lyrics seem to point to frustration because the world doesn’t live up to our expectations. This is shown in the second phrase. It’s the one who won’t be taken, who cannot seem to give (12-13). I think this song is about taking the chance to find love. Bette Midler suggests that if we haven’t tried love, we never learn to live. This song encourages listeners to plant a seed of love and nurture the relationship no matter what experiences have broken our heart in the past. Even if our soul is bleeding from the last attempt, a beautiful rose will grow when the love is meant to be.


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