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The Rose: A song, a life lesson

Updated on July 1, 2015

This presentation was done to add to this is heartfelt and original, a way to portray my thoughts as I know this song....the singing is also heartfelt, and my own voice. Obviously the song is not my own and I do not claim to have any rights to it. The hub is my own and I hope you enjoy reading it.

The Rose - Sung by Bette Midler

Most everyone has heard "The Rose" as sung by Bette Midler. The song was written by Amanda McBloom and first sung by Bette Midler in the movie of the same name. The movie was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin.

But, "The Rose" is more than just a song. Of course you've heard the song and the lyrics...but have you really listened to the lyrics? Is it a sad, romantic song or is there more to it? Is it a life lesson?

The Rose - The Song

The song starts out by telling you how some people look at love, how they think of it as only something that hurts and destroys...but the song is telling you that's not so, it is something beautiful.

The song looks at all the bad things people think of when they think of love...but it goes on to tell you there is something more, something beautiful. "Love it is a flower, and you it's only seed" see the beauty in love? The song says if you are afraid of love and living you'll be missing out. "Its the heart afraid of dying that never takes a chance" ... we have to take chances to find love, even when there's hurt. Those chances may bring us love.

"Its the one who won't be taken who cannot learn to give" ... you can't find love if you're not willing to look for it. You can't live unless you try, you have to give love to get love.

It goes on to say, yes, its been tough, its been lonely but that doesn't mean you can't find love. Its not just for other people, stop, think is all around you and just when you think its the darkest and love will never find you, a 'seed' begins in your heart and you do find love; "far beneath the winter snow hides the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose."

Just a beautiful song of encouragement and light at the end of the tunnel. Cheering you on and saying everyone gets hurt but don't let it keep you down; when you're knocked down, get back up! Find that seed and that one love ... its there beneath the snow in your heart!

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oh Mary, thank you so much. Hope you had a great Mother's Day...from your FB comments I think you did!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Just coming back to share this beautiful Hub again. I received some roses for Mother's Day, and my house smells so wonderful.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much glad you enjoyed it!

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh, I love the simplistic beautify of this hub. I love that you put your own voice to the song, without music, making it even more meaningful than if you had used Bette Midler's version. A+++++ on this one.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oh dear Mohan, I made you go all gooey! Thank you is all I can say.

      Thanks Nell, it was an experiment that appears to have worked.

      Mary, I haven't seen the movie either! Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I know you and I both love the Rose! This is a beautiful Hub. I've always loved this song. I never saw the movie, The Rose, but I'm going to look on NetFlix for it. You have a lovely voice, by the way.

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Wow! Mary! your voice is amazing! loved this!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Mary, Mary... this is so awesome. The lyrics, the emotion in the voice and your expression of love... I loved it so much. Made me go all gooey inside! up/shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Lord you seem to see through me at every turn ;) Beauty, colors, and hope...not bad things to live by. Thank you friend.

      Peg, so good of you to stop by. Sorry to hear about your reception problems, bummer!

      Vincent, your comment, just like your hubs, is very warm and touching. I cannot imagine how these things can be fleeting too I need to come up to Canada and talk to those women? Thank you for the lovely comment and God bless.

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      I appreciate how you expressed your love in song. You did a fine job Mary and I enjoyed listening to you. The Rose is tender and it's petals very fragile like our hearts. I know Janis is smiling down on you and Bette is moving over to let you sing with her. I loved your rendition and to love is nothing short of perfection. Some experience much of it in their lifetime, others very little. I am thankful that I enjoyed much of it in my earlier years. I love to love and be loved, yet it's very fleeting now. Peace and blessings I send to you on this day. Voted Up always.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Loved the song, the message, the movie, the voice. What an awesome song. I will revisit when the video is working. We have rain here and it is interfering with my reception. Loved the hub. Will be back. Peg

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Mary, you have roses and flowers all over your hubs. Delicate creations that show beauty, colors and hope.

      The rose, the movie and the song, especially Bette midler make an stunning impression to our senses . Powerful message in a song. Excellent job my friend.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      And thank you Thelma...glad you enjoyed.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thank you for sharing your lovely voice with us. Enjoyed your hub very much!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      What a lovely comment Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Much enjoyed. Made me think that spring will come again and the rose will bloom once more.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I appreciate your reading and commenting Rolly as I so enjoy your hubs. It is a delicate, romantic tune. Hugs right back to Canada.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It was nice to see that you were able to get the essence of what I was trying to say and do Genna.

      It is a great song Michelle.

      Vinaya, sorry you couldn't get the presentation but happy you enjoyed the rest of the hub.

      KD I, too, think it is a life lesson, one for all of us to remember.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great hub and love the song. Always have for many years. I recall singing along as I passed the many miles on the road... well written Marry... what a soft beautiful voice you have.

      Hugs from Canada

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      6 years ago

      I've always loved this song! Yes, love can be like a rose: a rose with thorns that could be beautiful for a time and then wither away the next day. I personally think this song serves more like a life lesson :) Thanks for sharing this!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I could not watch the video because of slow connection. However, I enjoyed reading your beautiful piece of writing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I love this song!! Love is exactly like a rose....when you see beyond the thorns and look for the rose petals, they bloom. Thanks for the reminder....loved this song when it was sung so long ago!! Sharing!

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You have captured what this stunning song is all about. I loved listening to your gentle voice, and reading the words that call to the heart and the rose. :-)

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Janine, that's what I thought. People often listen to songs but don't stop to think about the meaning behind the words. Glad you enjoyed.

      CrisSp, thank you for the compliments on my singing. I thought I'd "take a chance" and add my own voice to those beautiful words. You made my day.

      Effer, you always blow me away with your comments! I took a chance and it worked out...glad you liked it. The words speak for themselves.

      Made, nice that you enjoyed. Simple but true.

      Cogerson I am embarrassed to say I never saw the movie...guess its time.

      Marcoujor, thank you, thank you.

      Ardie, I agree, it seems every time I go to hubpages I learn something.

      MM thanks for the vote and of course glad you enjoyed.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom


      I enjoyed this so much, thank you and voted up.

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      I love the song "The Rose"! I never knew it was in a movie for Janis learn something new all the time. Great Hub :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Having always loved this song and its beautiful message, I will now always think of your sweet voice when I hear it...

      You are a sweet, soulful and beautiful lady. Voted UP and ABI.

      Love this, Mary. Hugs, Maria

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done.....I liked your version of the song as well as the Midler version....but you did yours without music playing in the back...which is much harder. As for the rest of the make some very interesting points that register home. I have seen the movie The Rose but it was many moons ago....I will have to check it out again. Voted up and interesting and beautiful.....job well done.

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      Madeleine Salin 

      6 years ago from Finland

      I like that you made this hub so personal by singing yourself. I've never really thought about the words in this song before. Nice hub and very enjoyable! :)

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie...My dear, sweet and incredibly talented friend.....I'm blown away. "and she SINGS too!" You are too amazing for words.

      The song is a favorite of mine.....with very heartfelt meaning and your rendition brought tears to my eyes.

      The way you have lent your descriptions to the words are perfection, Tille and it' all so true.

      This needs a huge vote UP....++ and I'm sharing!.........

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh goodness, what a delightful hub! "The Rose" happens to be one of my favorite songs. Who wouldn't fall in love with it-the words, the melody and all.

      I also like the idea of your raw video singing and whoever was the voice behind the song, it's awesome.

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I have heard this song so many times and never really stopped to learn the meaning behind it. Thank you for sharing that here and for delving a bit deeper into this song. It is truly beautiful and the message is so very true about love and sometimes needing to take a chance. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted as always!!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks RC...I did it in a moment of weakness ;) Glad you enjoyed.

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Mary - I loved the video presentation and the song accompaniment. I've read in the comments that you sang it. I think you did an excellent job! Beautiful hub and message!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Faith is where we find it and we must never stop looking.

      Yes Bill, its an old voice but its all mine. Thank you...I just thought it would add a little something different to my hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was you, Mary? What a lovely voice! I think this is the first time I have listened to a Hubber sing on a Hub.....very cool my friend. I loved this very much!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Mary, you have grasped the very core of what love really is, "love is all around you and when you think it's the darkest and love will never find you, a 'seed' begins in your heart and you do find love . . ." Thank you Mary, you are an inspiration to me for writing such lovely truths dear one. Voted Up to the Heavens In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Deborah, I know I'm no competition for Bette Midler but so glad you enjoyed the hub!

      Eddy, happy to share with you today or any day.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      So very beautiful and thanks for sharing this beautiful gem with us on here.

      Enjoy your day.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      beautiful beautiful beautiful.. the rose the movie and the song and Bette midler is one of my favorite.. excellent job with this hub

      voted up



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