The Rose (song)

The Rose (song)

"The Rose" is a pop song written by Amanda McBroom made famous by Bette Midler in the 1979 movie "The Rose". Since then it has been covered by a variety of artists.

The song is a commentary on people who are so afraid of failing (in love, among other things) that they do not even try, as illustrated by the lyric "It's the soul, afraid of dying, that never learns to live..."

Bette Midler version

"The Rose" is featured in the 1979 film of the same name, in which it was performed by Midler. The single hit #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the adult contemporary chart, and it was certified as a gold single by the RIAA.

Midler's version of "The Rose" was played in a 1987 episode of the American soap opera, "Days of our Lives" involving heroine Kayla Brady.

Cover versions

*LeAnn Rimes' 1997 album "" includes "The Rose" as one of the tracks.

*"America's Got Talent" winner Bianca Ryan (who also covered "You Light Up My Life") includes "The Rose" on her eponymous debut album.

*Country singer Conway Twitty recorded a #1 country & western cover version in 1983.

*Norwegian singer Kari Bremnes translated and sang the song on her 1997 album "Månestein".

*Mudhoney recorded a grunge version in 1988. The recording can be found on the compilation album "Sub Pop 200".

*Belgian singer Ann Christy, who has sung for her country in the Eurovision Song Contest ("Gelukkig Zijn"), also recorded a Dutch language version called "De Roos" which frequently appears in the Top 10 all-time favourite singles in Belgian polls.

*Mexican singer (and winner of the first season of "La Academia"), Myriam Montemayor Cruz, sang the song at the finale of the show where she was named the winner in 2002. A remix of the song was also included in her second album (first CD with original songs) named "Una Mujer".

*Japanese singers Sowelu (included in her 2004 album, "Sweet Bridge"), Mika Nakashima (included in her 2003 single, "Aishiteru"), Ken Hirai (included in his 2003 album, "Ken's Bar") and Aoi Teshima (included in her 2008 album, "The Rose~I Love Cinemas~") all recorded a cover of the song.

*Mexican singer (and second place winner of the fourth season of "La Academia"), Yuridia Gaxiola, recorded this song on her sophomore album, "Habla el Corazon", which included covers from the 80's and 90's translated into Spanish. "The Rose" is the only song performed in English.

*Welsh singer Aled Jones covered the song on his 2007 album "Reason to Believe".

Westlife version

Infobox Single
Name = The Rose
Artist = Westlife

from Album = The Love Album
Released = 6 November 2006
Format = CD Single
Recorded = 2005
Genre = Pop ballad, adult contemporary
Length = 3:39
Label = SonyBMG
Writer = Amanda McBroom~Felix Mendellsohn (music)
Producer = Quiz & Larossi
Reviews =
Last single = "Amazing"
This single = The Rose
Next single = "Home"
(2006)Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = "The Rose CD2"
Type = single

"The Rose" was covered by Irish boyband Westlife and was released as the first and only single from their 2006 album, "The Love Album". It reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart for one week in November 2006.

The band gave their first exclusive live performance of this song on Miss World 2006.

Track listing


# The Rose
# Solitaire


# The Rose
# Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You
# If
# Making of the photoshoot (Enhancement)

Music video

The video for this single was presented in black and white and shows the emotions and events leading up to a couple's wedding procession. The band members are clad in suits and are shown in a checkered-floor room.

During the initial period of the video's release, fans were given the opportunity to customise the music video by digitally adding their names to various elements such as the wedding invitation card.

A coloured version of the music video was later made available.

Chart performance

tudio Ghibli Translation

A Japanese translation of the song titled nihongo|"Love is a Flower, You are the Seed"|愛は花、君はその種子|Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa Sono Tane was the ending theme of Studio Ghibli's 1991 anime feature "Omohide Poro Poro", also known as "Only Yesterday", performed by Harumi Miyako.

Cultural references

The song was also showcased in the 2004 film "Napoleon Dynamite". Napoleon and his classmates performed a routine in sign language with the song as accompaniment. This routine is where the famous "butterfly flapping" movement came from.

In the 100th episode of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, a montage of scenes of the departed character Rose (Melanie Lynskey) is set to this song.

ee also

* "The Rose (film)"

External links

* [ History of the Rose] by Amanda McBroom

-succession box
before = "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" by Paul McCartney and Wings
title = ARC Weekly Top 40 number one single
years = June 28, 1980 (Bette Midler version)
after = "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" by Paul McCartney and Wings
succession box
before = "If Hollywood Don't Need You (Honey I Still Do)" by Don Williams
title = Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
years = March 12, 1983 by Conway Twitty
after = "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"
by Ricky Skaggs


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