A Rose Is Still a Rose

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"A Rose Is Still a Rose" is a 1998 single written and produced by Lauryn Hill and recorded and released by singer Aretha Franklin off the album of the same name. Written by Hill for Franklin, the song focused on a motherly figure giving advice to a younger woman who keeps getting into bad relationships. Throughout the song, Franklin advises that in spite of everything and despite the woman's "scorned roses and thorn crowns" that the woman is "still a rose". Elements of the song "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians were sung throughout the song by Hill herself. The video, directed by Hill and designed by Ron Norsworthy, features Franklin, Hill and other female R&B singers such as Faith Evans, Changing Faces, and Amel Larrieux and featured actress Elise Neal in the video as the protagonist along with A Tribe Called Quest rapper, Q-Tip. Released in 1998, the song became a surprise hit for Franklin, 40-plus years into her career, reaching number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart while also reaching the UK top 40. The song helped its parent album reach gold status and remains one of Franklin's most played songs from her later years. The song was Aretha Franklin's last Top 40 hit. 


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1998
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Listen deer I realize that you've been hurt, deeply
Because I've been there
But regardless of who, what, why, when, where and where
We're all precious on his side
And a rose still and always will be a rose

Doo doo doo doo doo doo mmm
Dooby dooby doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo mmm

There was a rose I knew, I met her once or twice before (once or twice before)
She was a pretty sweet thing, not the least bit insecure (insecure)
Then you came with your slick game and played with her youth (her youth)
Unashamed of the way you lied, played with the truth, hey, hey

Mmm, she never knew what hit her (what hit her)
Steal her honey, then forget her (forget her, forget her, forget her)
And the rose (is gone)
And she wears a flower
She tryin' to forget about you

'Cause a rose is still a rose (still a rose)
Baby, girl, you're still a flower (still a flower)
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power (you hold the power)

Now believe me when I tell you that I've been hurt myself (been hurt myself)
When he tells you that he loves you and sees nobody else (nobody else)
And now you're so tough tryin' to wear tight clothes and things
Tossin' and flossin', tryin' to fill the void heartbreak brings

Oh, oh, yeah
When she faces the mirror, yeah
She's cryin', and you can't hear her
Now the rose is gone (rose is gone)
She wears a flower (she wears a flower), tryin' to forget about you, girl

'Cause a rose is still a rose (still a rose)
Baby, girl (baby girl), you're still a flower (you're still a flower)
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you (break you)
Darlin' (oh darlin'), you hold the power (you hold the power)

Let your life be in the sunshine
Not the darkness of your sorrow
You may feel you lost today
When you know it'll come tomorrow

Tough to be, but life ain't over
Just because your man is gone
Girl, love yourself and love to love
'Cause without him your life goes on
Without him your life goes on
Without him your life goes on

'Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Baby, girl, you hold the power

See the rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower

He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. more »

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Written by: Lauryn Hill, Edie Brickell, Kenneth Withrow, John Bush, John Houser, Alan Aly

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