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Song Released: 1997


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    anonymous
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    May 17th, 2012 5:41pm report


    Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose
    You can plant any one of those
    Keep planting to find out which one grows
    It's a secret no one knows
    It's a secret no one knows

    this part is about planting your relationships in life, and seeing which one 'grows' and lasts. and obviously its a secret no-one knows, you dont know which relationships in your life will grow and last, some end up dying (relationship ending).

    the whole song is about relationships so it makes sense.



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    Michael Brooke
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    Apr 19th, 2011 4:21pm report


    I was wrong...actually I wasn't wrong...it's just like with everything in life, there are layers upon layers.

    Let's go back to the metaphor of seeds, flowers and roses that is found within this song.

    YOU CAN look at this song the way I originally did which is as follows:

    1. plant seeds - be creative and nurture from scratch- this requires FAITH and PERSEVERANCE and there is NO guarantee things will work out as planned

    2.flower - already formed - but requires action - adding meaning to it-a lot easier than planting a seed but does require some work

    3. rose - a flower that has already HAS meaning associated with it. MOST of the work has been done for you in this case. It's up to you to decide what exactly to DO with the rose.

    So, what I am saying is this: You can TRY to reach spiritual enlightenment by 3 different ways- nurturing something from the ground up, building upon what has been created and cultivating more or spreading love with the symbols that represent love.

    All are part of living...but they are NOT equal. Planting a seed requires a huge leap of faith...and when it comes to that, most of us (including me, until now) just go
    hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    ....and move onto the other two alternatives.



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    Michael Brooke
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    Apr 19th, 2011 4:03am report


    You have so many relationships in this life
    Only one or two will last
    You go through all this pain and strife
    Then you turn your back and they're gone so fast
    And they're gone so fast

    It's easy to dismiss this song as pure drivel. However, a closer inspection reveals there's a little bit more here than meets the ear.
    The opening verse is clear as mud!

    The truth is that while this song sounds like it could have been sung by The Archies, it is actually another case of a very heavy message wrapped in a sugary coating.

    So hold on to the ones who really care
    In the end they'll be the only ones there
    When you get old and start losing your hair
    Can you tell me who will still care?
    Can you tell me who will still care?

    This is a plea to value our relationships. It forces the listener to confront the reality that while we may know many people in this life, we will be fortunate to have a handful of true friends.

    I won't discuss the chorus as it's just part of the spoonful of reality sugar.

    But check out the next verse:

    Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose
    You can plant any one of those
    Keep planting to find out which one grows
    It's a secret no one knows
    It's a secret no one knows

    Again, easy to dismiss, but there is a much larger idea being suggested here. In life, we never know what path will lead to discovery. There is a big difference between planting a seed (which requires you water and nurture it in order for growth) and purchasing a flower - which is already formed and requires another type of nurturing - it already has some roots and formation (petals etc). Then we have a rose which is associated with love.

    The secret is that it doesn't matter what you do in order to find your path, it's the fact that you ACTUALLY do something. You can reach spiritual enlightenment by 3 different ways- nurturing something from the ground up, building upon what has been created and cultivating more or spreading love with the symbols that represent love.

    Each of us must keep trying figure out which particular item is the right path.

    In an mmm bop they're gone.
    In an mmm bop they're not there.
    In an mmm bop they're gone.
    In an mmm bop they're not there.
    Until you lose your hair. But you don't care.

    This speaks to the fleeting time we spend here on earth.
    If you do find enlightenment your time on earth will go by extraordinarily quickly. You won't fear death even as you age and lose your hair.

    Can you tell me? You say you can but you don't know.
    Can you tell me which flower's going to grow?
    Can you tell me if it's going to be a daisy or a rose?
    Can you tell me which flower's going to grow?
    Can you tell me? You say you can but you don't know.

    The final verse seems to tie it all together. You've been given the secret to living a truly incredible and fulfilling life. It's right there...in front of you. But what do you do? Most of us just dismiss this song as teenage bubblegum music. That's what makes this song so deceptively powerful.

    There is a lot going on in MMMBop, but you have get counterintuitive about things.





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