Is it me or the lyrics are quite dark?

Postby shakedown_04092 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:19 am

I love this song, dark lyrics and all.
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Postby Trystine » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:51 am

I never really cared for the way the Dead did it but Robert Hunter's version (Tales of the Great Rum Runners album) sits quite well with me. The faster tempo meshes with the melody better, I think.
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Postby Django » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:44 am

'Faded as the crimson on the ribbons that she wore - and it's strange how no one comes 'round anymore'...
That's about a long relationship and the increasing isolation of growing old. And yes that is dark, but still warm hearted.
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Postby BlobWeird » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:22 pm

Trystine if you like a faster version as i posted before 6-16-74 from the Dead is for you! Its much faster than the norm. No solo though but its still sweet.
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Postby hesgone95 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:51 pm

I love Roses, always have. BTW, that 6/16/74 show is very nice.
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Postby Trystine » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:35 pm

Just had a listen to 6-16-74 and must agree that it is easiest of the Roses to listen to. Thanks for the point in the right direction. I see a show download in my near future.
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It Must've Been the Roses

Postby pilgrim » Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:22 am

This is a great lyric because of what Hunter has left unsaid. The rhythm of each line helps reveal the feeling and emotion of the song. I'm sorry the song is a "buzzkill" for some among us. For me, the song is about a love that goes beyond death.
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Postby strumminsix » Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:32 am

At times I think it's about an ugly girl who somehow looks pretty at time or at least her place is inviting for men (not a relationship) but as she grew old and her place less kept nobody came 'round anymore...

BTW, 78 has some uptempo versions of this dry dark and sometime buzzkill of a song :)
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Postby krzykat » Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:41 am

Its not really dark as much as its meloncholy. A lot of hunter lyrics have a meloncholy feel to them
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Postby shakedown_04092 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:14 pm

^^^Love the signature krzykat :lol: :cool: :shock:
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Postby warrenMFKNhaynes » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:44 pm

well i know China Doll is about suicide

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Postby razmablues » Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:07 pm

this song is one of those songs that leaves alot of opening for an emotional jerr solo and overall performance. the solos although usually very similar, can have alot of melodic twists and turns which really add on to the tune for me.

but i'll take ship of fools over roses any day :D
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Postby pilgrim » Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:33 pm

Ship of Fools has even more resonance now that Bush is captain of the ship of state. Ship of Fools had more soulful guitar phrasing in the break than did Roses. I've never heard a version of either song I didn't like.
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Postby Candyman1984 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:30 pm

Both Songs are good- but i think roses is a better story than ship of fools. Roses is also a beautiful song to sing and play by oneself, as oppsed to ship of fools. In the end both good tunes, but my vote goes to roses
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Postby soulrevel » Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:09 pm

are u serious?! roses is the shizzy. definately sorrowul and somewhat sad but in a blissful sort of way. only got to see it once and it was a treat.
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