One of the most easygoing Judas Priest songs, "Last Rose Of Summer" is a love song set to the cycles of nature. After giving the last rose to his love, frontman Rob Halford sings, "Do not despair, mother nature simply rests."
In a Songfacts interview with Halford
, he explained: "The title, 'Last Rose of Summer,' it's just got a lot of attitude about it as far as making you think. If you say to somebody, 'the last rose of summer,' that's not only the changing of the seasons, but it could also be the changing of a relationship. It could be the completion of something. It's just got a multi-faceted opportunity, and I like it.
It's also sweet because it talks about nature: 'Mother Nature simply rests' and all this kind of thing. I've always felt that song is very attractive because there haven't been that many lyrics that talk about Mother Nature."