The Rose

Lee Lessack, Amanda McBroom

About The Rose

"The Rose" is a classic pop song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays during the closing credits.

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"

Amanda McBroom

Amanda McBroom (born August 9, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and cabaret performer. Notable among the songs she has written is "The Rose", which Bette Midler sang in the film of the same name, and which has been covered by many other recording artists. McBroom is also known for her collaborations as lyricist with songwriter Michele Brourman, including some of the songs in the The Land Before Time film series, Balto II: Wolf Quest, and the musical Dangerous Beauty based on the film of the same name, which was scheduled to have its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in February 2011. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song's Origin
"The Rose" was written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler. It was first recorded for the movie of the same title, which starred Midler.
Chart Success
Bette Midler's rendition of "The Rose" reached number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in 1980 and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Grammy Award
The song won a Grammy Award for Bette Midler in 1981 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Song and Movie Synchronization
It became an iconic piece with connections to the movie "The Rose" where Bette Midler played a character resembling real-life singer, Janis Joplin. It is played during the closing scenes of the movie.
Amanda McBroom wrote the song in 1977 in response to a request from her manager for a ballad. It was the first song she ever wrote for the commercial market.
Inspired Lyrics
Despite its association with "The Rose" movie and Janis Joplin, the song wasn’t specifically written for either. McBroom has stated that she was inspired by lines from an unnamed science fiction novel.
Covers and Renditions
The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years, including Westlife, LeAnn Rimes, Conway Twitty, and Donna Summer.
In Football
"The Rose" has been adopted as the official song of the England Rugby team and is often sung at matches.
Cherished by Fans
Although it was written fairly quickly, McBroom has stated that fans have shared many personal stories about how the song has touched their lives, making it one of her most cherished pieces.
The Message
The song metaphorically compares love to a rose, emphasizing the notion that although love might be filled with fear and doubt, in its essence, it is always encouraging and beautiful.

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  • Muriel Gossard
    Muriel Gossard
    I love hearing this song ,and I really live Conway Twitty's version.
    LikeReply3 years ago


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