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Seal: Kiss From a Rose Meaning

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Song Released: 1994

Kiss From a Rose Lyrics

There used to be a graying tower alone on the sea.
You became the light on the dark side of me.
Love remained a drug that's the high and not the pill.
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and
The light that you shine...


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    Mar 19th, 2009 3:26pm report

    I just listened to this song and if you listen to the lyrics it is gray not grave. plus I seen an interview with him where he said the same thing. The whole meaning to the song without me piecing out out is that she is everything to him. Power to keep pushing forward, Pleasure to be around and with, and Pain that sometimes happens to even the best of us in a relationship. The part about the snow if you look at the rest of the song obviously means everything he has been saying. Think of the snow as metaphorical (or symbol) of his life and thoughts being clouded/ or grey. The future is hard to see. With her there she shines the light that breaks through the cloudiness and makes it possible to see a bright future ahead. Like the others said it doesn't have to do with drugs. The song does reference them but is basically putting it as " Your Love is intoxicating and better than any drug". Anyhow that is just how I feel about it. I love the song and listen to it all the time. Hope you agree with what I had to say and enjoy the song as much as I.


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    May 13th, 2008 5:37am report

    Umm... This is sort of random, but I think what he means by kiss from a rose is something that is both sweet and painful. A rose is sweet in appearance and fragrant, but it has thorns as well. So, by being kissed by a rose, he experiences a sensation of beauty and pain.


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    Jul 10th, 2008 7:39am report

    Sorry if this is somewhat out of order...

    but to be honest, I believe that this song has nothing to do with drugs.. you really have to read the lyrics...

    "love remained a high that's not the pill".. did you catch that? NOT the pill, which makes me think that it's not drugs.. you REALLY have to pay attention.. and yes, there's more than just one form of a drug.. I'm sure.. but which one is more logical?? seal is a family man, not a drug pusher..

    "you became the light on the dark side of me"
    -simply, something like, "you showed me the light" or "you showed me the love".. ya know??

    "but did you know, that when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen"
    -to tell you the truth, this one I think just says this love story takes place in the winter.. I don't know what other way to put it.. I mean sure, it COULD be about how snow affects your eyes, and I'm 98% sure this isn't about drugs.. So I'm canceling that out all together. Honestly, what's wrong with writing a song that takes place in the winter? hey..it's possible..

    "baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey"
    -a rose usually represents beauty, and I'm assuming that grey is representing this, man's, life.. Sad, lonely, dreary, all of those. He's saying that something beautiful came into his sad, dark, depressing life.

    "ohh, the more I get of you, stranger it feels, yeah"
    -he's not used to getting this kind of treatment from anyone, especially a woman, so it feels strange to him for having a women care for him like this. and maybe he's possibly..ohh, I don't know... Skeptical??

    "And now that your rose is in bloom, a light hits the gloom on the grave"
    -"and now that your love/light is given to me" or "now that you are showing me this love/light"... "a light is being shown on this darkness." or "you have saved me from the dark" or "you drive the darkness away and fill my life (or life in general) with light".. any of those choices..

    "there is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say"
    -there are too many words to describe the love that this man is feeling.. He is overwhelmed with love, joy, and happiness
    or.. possibly that this woman was fooling around.. and that man number 1 is saying that man number2 will tell her anything that she wants to hear.. maybe..

    "you remain, my power, my pleasure, my pain"
    -he's still going to love her, and she is is power, his pleasure,and his pain...duh..
    he simply described her as a rose "pleasure and pain" "every rose has its thorns"

    "to me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny, yeah.won't you tell me is that healthy,baby"
    -he addicted to her. addicted to her love, personality, spirit, everything. and he is asking her if it is healthy for him. because (referring to the "there is so much a man could tell you, so much he can say" lyric) that she is fooling around on him, and he is still madly and desperately in love with her... Is it healthy for him, or should he just let go?

    and since most of the lyrics are repeated, you can just repeat what I wrote, if you read these lyrics the same as me, that is. I hope this helped some of you realize what this song means.

    thank you.


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    Dec 18th, 12:16am report

    Have any of you people read Shakespeare? A rose by any other name?


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    Jun 10th, 2014 6:44pm report

    Assuming that it's a vivid colored rose it's in opposition with "the grey" - which gray could mean sorrow, depression, loneliness, whatever bad feeling. So, kissing the rose is something that will take him "out" of that gray. The shear thought of lips touching the petals of a rose will absolutely abolish anything "gray" in anyone-s mind


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    Feb 3rd, 2014 2:46pm report

    It's a song about a man fucking a virgin. He hasn't had sex for a while, and love seemed unlikely, "Graying tower alone."

    "When it snows." He's coming.

    He's coming inside of her. "The light that you shine can't be seen."

    He's just broken her hymen. "Your rose is in bloom"

    The drugs things is kind of a distraction. It's amazing how many people think this is a nice love song when it's so much about sex you might as well be jacking off right now.


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    Nov 27th, 2013 11:09pm report

    Kissed by a rose on the grave: reached by a lost loved one while commiserating in prayer over a tombstone.


    Apparently it's GREY, not grave. Oh well. Thought I was on to something.


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    Sep 29th, 2013 9:06pm report

    This song is about cocaine. There is no woman he is singing to.

    "A greying tower, alone on the sea.." - He used to feel alone, introverted and "grey". Grey basically means that your live is without color, boring if you will.
    "You became the light on the dark side of me" - cocaine will awaken you, turning your grey world into euphoria.
    "Love remains a drug that's the high and not the pill" - his love is this drug and the drug is cocaine (not the pill).
    "when it snows, my eyes become wide and the light that you shine can't be seen." - when you snort cocaine, your pupils dilate, and when you're an addict you are always "chasing the buzz". You never feel as good as you did the first time you got high. So the light can't be seen.
    "I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey" - being high turns his grey world to colorful beauty.
    "the more I get of you the stranger I feel" - no interpretation needed for this line.
    "now that the rose is in bloom, a light hit the gloom of the day" - the rose is a metaphor for the coke. Now that he's high he feels his life is not as grey.
    "there is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say" - cocaine makes you remember everything that has ever happened in your life and you talk about it non stop.
    "you remain my power, my pleasure, my pain" - exactly what it says
    "you're a growing addiction that I can't deny...is that healthy babe?" - he asks himself 'am I an addict? is it really that bad for me when I feel this incredible?'


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    Jun 12th, 2013 6:14pm report

    Greying tower alone on the sea...
    What is a tower? Is it not something from which one watches..?
    Greying..Getting Older?
    Alone on the Sea..
    Solitary..amid the raging waters or still as it comes with the sea...theres a lot in this first line even!
    Used to be..Not anymore!
    Light on the dark side of me?
    What it says..he had a dark side..she became his goodness!
    Did you know when it snows...
    When it snows you cant see as it blinds you...Temp when shes not there it snows and again hes blind to the light.
    Kissed by a Rose on the Grey..
    When a rose is in bloom simply means a woman is ripe..fertile..ready to be plucked..
    Kissed by a Rose on the Grey..
    The ecstasy of lovemaking when youre mind..Grey Matter..Brain..It engulfs him physically and mentally!!!
    My power my pleasure my pain..
    Empowered by love..Pleasured by love..Hurt by love!!!
    Is this healthy baby...
    Can I endure...looking for reassurance!!!

    Oh and The high not the pill..
    As it says..High on love..need no
    bitter pill..dont need the bitter pill of life or any dirty old drug to get me up there!!



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    Dec 2nd, 2012 12:17am report

    Here's what I think:
    Whenever he says "light" he's referring to love.
    When he says "Love remains a drug that's the high and not the pill" he means that love is fantastic, not the path to get somewhere fantastic, or in other words, love is the mountain, not the climb (and it always will be).
    When he refers to a kiss from a rose, he either means a) the soft petals of a rose are metaphorically her lips when she is literally kissing him b) her beauty reminds him of a rose, and "kiss" because that's just something sweet people do c) he's getting a thorn to the lip, but he's kissing a rose, so he's conflicted.
    When he says "the light on the dark side of me" he's simply saying "my better half" in a more poetic manner.
    When he talks about "grey" or "the grey" he means the unclear, or stuff about her that he's not sure of, maybe her past.
    When he says "to me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny, would you tell me is it healthy baby" he means he loves her more every day, and he needs her, but he's so used to being independent that he feels he's in unexplored territory, so he wonders if he's doing it right.
    When he says "When it snows my eyes become large and the light that you shine can't be seen" (I know everybody else says "can be seen" but I think it's "can't".) it means when she leaves, he feels cold and alone, maybe scared, so his pupils dilate, but your pupils are just holes in your eye (covered by a lens, so don't go trying to stick stuff in your pupils) so they reflect no light. He was just being poetic. It is a love song, after all.
    When he says "You remain my power, my pleasure, my pain" he means "you are everything to me, I need you", because think about it, if you are powerless and numb to all emotion, what's left?
    When he says "And if I should fall along the way, I've been kissed by a rose on the grey" means "if you were to break my heart, at least I can say I gave this all I had, and in return I got some of your love" or maybe "I want you to know that if you do break my heart, I'll still thank you for lighting up my life in the time that we had".
    When he says "There used to be a graying tower alone on the sea" he just means that he was alone, nothing was really keeping him alive, he was just a lonely, fading island in an empty sea.
    When he says "Now that your rose is in bloom, a light hits the gloom on the gray" he could be referring to a child that they're about to have together, and how this is another huge ray of sunshine on his formerly depressing existence, but that's a little far ahead. More likely he's just saying how she's grown up now and he sees her differently, and he's in love with his childhood friend. Aww:)
    When he says "There is so much a man could tell you, so much he could say, but you remain my power, my pleasure, my pain" he means how there are so many ways to say I Love You, so much he wants to say besides that, and how easy she is to talk to, but for now he'll stick with "you are my life, my everything".
    When he says "The more I get of you the stranger it feels" he's most likely saying how he's never been in love before, and the longer he's in it, the more he realizes how much he's been missing out, and how it changes your entire perspective.
    Yeah, I pretty much covered every line of the song, just out of order... Thanks for readin' all the way through, though! (Little disclaimer thing here: These are ALL just my opinions! If you think differently, great! But if I helped you in some way, awesome! OK, disclaimer over. Bye-bye!)


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    Oct 18th, 2012 10:55pm report

    the song is talking about instead if the drugs being his addiction, he realizes his addiction is to his love for the women

    Love remained the drug that's the high and not the pill

    In the grey. Not grave my dears


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    May 29th, 2012 5:41am report

    Doesn't everyone know that it's about anal sex?


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    Mar 31st, 2012 3:48am report

    my interpretation of what the song means is the rose is satan and the grey is hell. the snow part is cocaine. i beleive he is comparing his expierence with satan like cocaine. satan gives him his pleasure and pain, remember satan believes he is the light an when dealing with him seals eyes are open from his rebirth. seal has sold his soul.


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    Jan 28th, 2012 1:01am report

    Simple if you know your Bible. Sea is a reference to the masses of people. Seal himself is the graying tower, not because he is old...but because even though he is among a mass of people he feels alone, his very existence...his soul...is cold and dreary or gray. A love (her rose) so intense it's like an addiction brought light and color, brightness to this world of his. Now, even on the worst of days when the coldness of reality and life returns, her love is still there to draw him away, to open his eyes and touch his soul with a kiss by a rose on the gray.


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    Aug 1st, 2011 8:47pm report

    I think when he says `my eyes become large, and the light that you shine can be seen`, he`s referencing that she`s the light within him, and that that light actually shines through him.


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    Jun 24th, 2011 6:18pm report

    The lyric is kissed by a rose on the grey, not grave or face.


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    Jun 4th, 2011 6:07am report

    From what others have said, and what I've read from the song itself, it seems he's comparing love to drugs, eg. the references to snow, and the line where he actually mentions drugs, saying her love's better than any of them.

    Even though he probably isn't a drug user himself, is it possible he could still be writing about them? There are probably still a lot of people that could relate to the song so maybe that was his goal. Or maybe he just thought it was a cool comparison.

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