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Mama Liked the Roses

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Words & Music: John Christopher
Oh, mama liked the roses she grew them in the yard
But Winter always came around and made the growing way too hard
Oh, mama liked the roses and when she had the time
She'd decorate the living room, for all us kids to see
When I hear the Sunday bells ringing in the morning
I remember crying when she used to sing
Oh, mama liked the roses but most of all she cared
About the way we learned to live
And if we said our prayers

You know I kept the family bible
With a rose that she saved inside
It was pressed between the pages
Like it had found a place to hide

Oh, mama liked the roses in such a special way
We bring them every Mother's Day
And put them on her grave
Oh, mama liked the roses Mmmm
Mama liked the roses
Recorded: 1969/01/15, first released on single

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GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2014report abuse
I too "Love" this song and could never figure out why the song was put on the Christmas albums.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2014report abuse
This is such an excellent, underrated, overlooked, powerful, emotional, unique and heartfelt song and Elvis' rendition of it is a masterpiece. It should have been a big hit for Elvis here in the United States, but sadly it wasn't a hit for Elvis at all here in the United States. It should have been released as an A-side instead of being released as a B-side. I've never skipped this song and I never will.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2014report abuse
A little known fact about the release of "Mama Liked The Roses" in 1970... it was actually issued as the A-side of RCA single #47-9835. "The Wonder of You" was the B-side. The original picture sleeve design and matrix numbers on the label confirms it. There was also a purpose with RCA's release timing of the song, as it was issued April 20, 1970, just 20 days before Mother's Day of that year on May 10, 1970. Even though "The Wonder of You" proved to be the more commercially popular song of the two, I think the single itself offers two fantastic, heartfelt songs and is one of the best 2-sided quality issues in Elvis' career!
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 4, 2013report abuse
A bad a song as The Last Farewell, but with that voice, I cannot help but fall for it.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2012report abuse
Sweeter than honey, sung with seemingly deep feeling, was he perhaps thinking of his mother when he recorded this one. Different from the majority of recordings at these sessions, with its Christmas like touch, it is still a great song in its own right.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 10, 2011report abuse
One must be made out of stone to be able to reist this.
miked (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2011report abuse
Love this song, remember some time ago an Elvis almost "non believer" heard this and also Miracle of the Rosary and was blown away, yes very sentimental but if it introduces "non believers" into the Elvis fold I'm all for it.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2011report abuse
Sentimental maybe but I like it. I remember the Beeb playing the intro over their Christmas TV schedule announcements some years ago.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 20, 2010report abuse
It´s a different kind of song for the memphis sessions. I like it, but to release it as a b-side for a single was wrong in my mind. I don´t think it was strong enough for that.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2010report abuse
An absolutely perfect recording. Great lyrics, great vocals and the emotional spoken bridge is used as effectively as it was in "Are You Lonesome Tonight". The chiming bells and sentimentality of the song make it fit well on the Christmas LP even though the song never mentions the holiday.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2010report abuse
Syrupy, sentimental goo, but I love it. The spoken bridge gives me goose bumps. Great song!
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2010report abuse
A great song, released as the B-side on Wonder Of You. In my opinion it could have been an A-side, as it's just as good as Kentucky Rain and Don't Cry Daddy. I really love this song. Rumors says that Elvis cried the first time he heard this song, and that he recorded it to his mother who died 10 years before. Don't know if it's true though. All I know is that this is a really great song, under-rated and often forgotten on compilations.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2010report abuse
Sentimental indeed.And i think it fits well on the christmas album. 5 stars.
Bart van Katwijk (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 4, 2009report abuse
I never understood why did ended up on a christmas album. Anyway it's a nice song.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2009report abuse
Its sentimental , maybe even corny, but I like it. I actually love it. Great performance.

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