Rose Garden

Lynn Anderson

About Rose Garden

"Rose Garden" (also known and covered as "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden") is a song written by Joe South, best known as recorded by country music singer Lynn Anderson, and originally released by Billy Joe Royal in 1967. The first charting version was by Dobie Gray in the spring of 1969 (US #119, Canada #89). Lynn Anderson's October 1970 release topped the U. S. Billboard country chart for five weeks, reached No. 3 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and hit No. 1 on both Cash Box's and Record World's pop and country singles charts. The song was also a major pop hit internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, and throughout Europe. The single achieved sales of over 50,000 copies in Australia, being eligible for the award of a Gold Disc. Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains among the most successful crossover recordings of all-time. 


Year:
2007
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I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time
When you take you gotta give so live and let live
Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well if sweet-talkin' you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that's what it takes to hold you
I'd just as soon let you go
But there's one thing I want you to know
You better look before you leap, still waters run deep
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I'm talkin' about
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time,
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

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Lynn Anderson

Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is an American country music singer and equestrian known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her Grammy Award-winning, worldwide mega-hit, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden". Helped by her regular exposure on national television, Anderson was one of the most popular and successful female country singers of the 1970s. In addition to being named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music twice and "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association, Anderson has charted 11 No. 1, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. She was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award in 1974, as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Gard… more »

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Written by: Joe South

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15 facts about this song

Genres/Styles
"Rose Garden" falls under the genres of country and pop music, illustrating the cross-genre nature of the song.
Chart Performance
The song was a huge hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard country music chart and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in the United States.
Release Date
This iconic song was released by Lynn Anderson in October 1970.
Writing Credits
"Rose Garden" was written by acclaimed songwriter Joe South, showing the song's strong lyrical roots.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists across different genres, including country singer Martina McBride and pop group Dexys Midnight Runners, showcasing its broad appeal and impact.
Awards
In 1971, "Rose Garden" won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, demonstrating Anderson's power and skill as a vocalist.
Notable Line
Its line, "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden," has become a well-known phrase and cultural reference, reflecting the song's influence in popular culture.
Sales Achievement
The song was a global success, reportedly selling over 16 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles in the history of recorded music.
Album's Name
The song was the title track of Anderson's 1970 album "Rose Garden", showing how much it defined that era of her music career.
Themes
Lyrically, the song deals with the theme of resilience and realism in the face of life's difficulties, putting forward a message of practical optimism.
International Success
Besides its success in the US, "Rose Garden" also topped the charts in several countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.
Music Industry Impact
"Rose Garden" played a significant role in expanding the popularity of country music among pop audiences, heralding a new era of crossover hits.
Song's Distribution
The single was released by Columbia Records, one of the major record labels in the music industry.
Song's Record
The song held the record as the biggest-selling single by a female country artist for 27 years, pointing to its groundbreaking success.
Recognition
"Rose Garden" is often seen as Lynn Anderson's signature song, cementing her place in country music history.

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