It Must Have Been The Roses

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Ten years the waves roll the ships back from the sea
Thinkin' well how it may blow in all good company
If I tell another what your own lips told to me
May I lay 'neath the roses and my eyes no longer see

I don't know, maybe it was the roses
The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair
I don't know, maybe it was the roses
All I know is I could not leave her there

Ship Of Fools / It Must Have Been The Roses (Live 1987)
Written byRobert Hunter ("It Must Have Been The Roses" only)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedApril 16, 1987, San Jose, CA
ReleasedAugust 8, 2000
Various Artists collectionsStolen Roses: Songs Of The Grateful Dead, 2000
Length6:01

First known performance:
April 16, 1987, San Jose, CA
Last known performance:
April 7, 2016, San Diego, CA
     (7 known performances)


Alternate versions

Ship Of Fools / It Must Have Been The Roses (Live 2011)
Performed byFurthur with Elvis Costello & Larry Campbell
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Bob Weir - guitar, backing vocal
Phil Lesh - bass, backing vocal
John Kadlecik - guitar, backing vocal
Jeff Chimenti - keyboards, backing vocal
Joe Russo - drums
Sunshine Becker - backing vocal
Jeff Pehrson - backing vocal
Larry Campbell - fiddle
RecordedMarch 27, 2011, New York, NY
AlbumsFurthur: Live From Radio City Music Hall, 2011
Length6:00
Stolen Roses: Songs Of The Grateful DeadStolen Roses Songs Of The Grateful Dead album cover.jpg

Furthur: Live From Radio City Music HallFurthur Live From Radio City Music Hall album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Robert Hunter  1974 Tales Of The Great Rum Runners Allmusic
Grateful Dead  1974  various Dead live albums; Elvis first heard the song at a September 1974 Dead concert
Jerry Garcia  1976 Reflections AllmusicWikipedia
 The Persuasions  2000 Might as Well...The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead Allmusic

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