Free the Rose

from The New Wrong Way by Rebecca Turner

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About this track:
In 2013, Myrna Marcarian brought a potted yellow rose to my mother's memorial service. I planted it and it managed to stayed alive for a long time, sitting in the yard being symbolic, during which time I wrote this song. I have never been a good gardener, so I was pretty impressed with myself. Of course, as soon as I wrote this song, the damn thing died.

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Lyrics:
April and the snow decided to melt. We’re outside now, despite the chill we felt. A little fleck of worry and the sun comes and goes. Move aside the wet leaves, I’m gonna free the rose. Been Rip Van Winklin’ forever now. We’ve arrived at this juncture, I’ve no idea how. By no means perfect, but today’s not bad. I’m gonna free the rose, you can bet on that.

Someone brought it with the best intentions, during a trying time. It got transplanted with low expectations. Late last summer, it looked to have died.

But brushy tan leaves are strangling the base. An innocent lilac’s all up in its face. The grapevine’s encroaching like it always does, coming in from the side and down from above.

So, toss me my clogs and my red kneeling pad, the old pruning shears that belonged to my dad. I’m not stopping ‘til I see dirt. I’m gonna free the rose and I hope it doesn’t hurt.

Just one stalk and thin as a wire, 10 inches high and not getting higher, basically brown with some patches of green, and a few little bumps that might become leaves.

So, pull over the trash and hand me my gloves. And let’s try to be more patient, my love. Things will bust open when I free the rose. We’ll get out of the way and then who the hell knows?

credits

from The New Wrong Way, released November 6, 2019
Track credits:
Drums: Sim Cain
Bass: Scott Anthony
Acoustic slide guitar: Rich Feridun
Acoustic guitar, dulcimer: Boo Reiners
Backing vocal: Sue Raffman
Keyboards: Rob Clores

Written by:
Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner New Jersey

Rebecca Turner is a country-folk-rock singer-songwriter formerly of NYC and LA, now residing in Maplewood, NJ. First influenced by 70s FM radio and 80s-era record stores, her musical allegiances have ranged over the years from Emmylou Harris to Liz Phair, from Doris Day to Tom Petty, from Goldfrapp to the Go-Gos. rebeccamo34@gmail.com ... more

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