Rosa's Coronas

Album: Rosaryville (1999)


  • Kate was inspired to write this song after watching a program about Cuban cigar makers. She had often wondered how to write a song about them, and suddenly she had a face for these people, especially for Rosa. Kate wanted it to be in first person so it was Rosa's story - or rather the story of such people told through Rosa. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Helen - South Shields, England

Comments: 2

  • Joel from Montreal, CanadaIn his song "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard," Paul Simon says "Goodbye Rosie, queen of Corona" ... think there's any connection?
  • Helen from South Shields, EnglandJust saw her perform again in Wallsend last Sat - wow is the only word i can find. To add, she wanted to wrote about Cuba, as she has always been fascinated that it is so close to Anmerica but so far away in terms of walls borders and divisions, somehting else Kate is interested in.
    She saw a program on CBS about the cigar rollers in Cuba and that became her song.
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