I Threw Away The Rose

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Once I lived the life of wine and roses
And I drank a lot back then for one concern
Success for me lay just around the corner
I thought my social friends would help me make the turn

But now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses
A victim of the drunken life I chose
Now all my social friends look down their noses
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose

I stood by and watched the bottle take control of me
The turn I made was not the one I'd planned
And I watched my social standings slip away from me
While I watched the bottle slowly take command

And now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses
A victim of the drunken life I chose
Now all my social friends look down their noses
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose
'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose

I Threw Away The Rose (unreleased cover)
Written byMerle Haggard
Performed byElvis Costello (1989-05-11)
The Coward Brothers (2006-10-08)
Elvis Costello & Larkin Poe (2016-04-07)

First known performance:
May 11, 1989, Liverpool, England
Last known performance:
April 7, 2016, San Diego, CA
     (3 known performances)


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Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
 Merle Haggard  1967  single and Branded Man
Stonewall Jackson  1967 Stonewall Jackson Country
 Charley Pride  1967 Country Way
Conway Twitty  1967 Conway Twitty Country
George Jones  1968 The George Jones Story
Carl Smith  1968 Country On My Mind
Porter Wagoner  1968 The Bottom Of The Bottle
 Hank Snow  1971 Award Winners
 Lorrie Morgan  1994 Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute To Merle Haggard

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