This country weeper was written by Jerry Chesnut, a Nashville songwriter who penned Jerry Lee Lewis' Grammy-nominated hit "Another Place, Another Time
When Chesnut bought a home on Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee, he planted Hybrid Tea Roses along the walk and lovingly nurtured them until they were killed by an unseasonably wet spring. He was told, "It's just not been a good year for roses."
Later, when he moved out to a farm, his memories of the doomed flowers led him to write this song. He explained in an interview with Nashville Songwriters Association: "I got to thinking about those roses. 'I wonder if they'd have done good if I'd brought them out here? ... What if it'd been a good year for roses, but everything else was going to pot? If the man's wife was leaving, the baby's crying, and the dog's died? The whole world's going to pot, but the roses are just blooming like crazy.' I just started writing the song like that."