A Dozen Lovely Roses

from by Jacob Haller

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For this song, I decided I wanted to write a song based on a true story -- not something that happened to me or anyone I knew, but something interesting that had happened somewhere. So I found a story on the Internet, the world's leading source of 100% guaranteed true stories. Then I changed everything about it and wrote this song.

lyrics

Well, Jenny and Frank were sweethearts,
Though they lived so far apart,
But the weekends they spent together
Kept them close to each other's heart.
Swore they'd be true,
'Til their faces turned blue.

Now Jenny had on the radio
Tuned to WHJG;
Radio host called up Frank, asked,
"Who might your true love be?
You've won a prize
For the apple of your eyes.

CHORUS:
It's a dozen lovely roses --
So much louder than words they speak.
Imagine, do, the rosy hue
they'll bring to your lover's cheek."

Frank didn't pause for a minute,
'Cause the answer's as clear as can be:
"Send those roses to my sweet wife,
Esmerelda, if you please."
Then Jenny cried,
for she knew he'd lied

Now Frank was talking to Jenny:
"I was just kidding," is what he said;
"Well I ain't joking" said Jenny,
"If you come around here you're dead.
No matter what you say,
stay the hell away;

CHORUS:
'Cause a dozen lovely roses --
So much louder than words they speak.
And now, see you, the rosy hue
they bring to your lover's cheek."

Now this story's has a moral;
it's as simple as it can be.
To find out the truth of the matter,
turn to WHJG.
Ask Jenny why
and she'll just sigh,

"Well, a dozen lovely roses --
So much louder than words they speak.
Imagine, do, the rosy hue
they'll bring to your lover's cheek."

Yes, a dozen lovely roses --
So much louder than words they speak.
Imagine, do, the rosy hue
they'll bring to your lover's cheek.

credits

from Mistaken Identity, released October 6, 2009
Jacob Haller: acoustic guitar and vocals
Chris Monti: backing vocals and mandolin

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Jacob Haller Providence, Rhode Island

Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220's Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music's annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

"Jacob Haller is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he's also a talented songwriter and musician."

-- Harper Johnson, Co-Host of The Blues Record podcast
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