Damn it Rose

Album: Inside Job (2000)
Play Video
  • Maybe just a good night's sleep
    Would have changed your troubled mind
    From that rather permanent decision
    So tragic, so unkind
    Now, pain is what you've given
    And sleep is what you'll get
    So far away from that sweet baby child
    Who hardly knew you yet

    Now he'll grow up to be a fighter
    Full of anger, full of shame
    Like all the other haunted children
    Who wonder why they came
    And he'll be in and out of trouble
    Until he stands up or he falls
    But there will always be a shadow there
    No matter how it goes
    Damn it, Rose

    Is this another cryptic message
    Or some kind of cosmic quiz
    If there's a lesson to be learned from this
    Well, I don't know what it is

    You could have given us the finger
    Much more constructively than that
    Now I sit here with the MTV
    And your bloated, Burmese cat
    We're being treated to the wisdom
    Of some puffed up little fart
    Doing exactly what I used to do
    Pretensions to anarchy and art
    He speaks the language of a warrior
    He mounts his misinformed attack
    He wears the clothes of a dissenter
    But there's a logo on his back
    And it's a hollow rebellion
    As rebellions mostly are
    It's just another raging tempest in a jar

    And the seasons keep on changing
    And the wind blows hot and cold
    Wish that you were here with us to watch this tide
    As it ebbs and flows
    Damn it, Rose

Comments: 1

  • Gern from Lynchburg, Williamsburg, VaWho was Rose?
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson

Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonSongwriter Interviews

Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."

Bryan Adams

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.

Spot The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers Song Titles

Spot The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers Song TitlesMusic Quiz

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some rather unusual song titles - see if you can spot the real ones.

Michelle Branch

Michelle BranchSongwriter Interviews

Michelle Branch talks about "Everywhere," "The Game Of Love," and her run-in with a Christian broadcasting network.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.