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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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    Sep 11th, 2007 9:34pm report

    First of all, it isn't "A Kiss from a Rose on the Grave", it is 'A Kiss from a Rose on the Grey'. With that said,

    - 'There used to be a greying tower alone on the sea.
    You became the light on the dark side of me.'

    + So there he was, a lone greying tower on the Sea. . .
    He was lost, alone, misguided, a loner, the she found him(metaphorically) and changed his life for the better(the light) via LOVE(it is a love song, a waltz, but a love song as primarily).

    - 'Love remained a drug that's the high and not the pill.'

    + A reference to the drug called Love. A drug that often provides highs and lows similar to addiction/abuse cycles.

    - 'But did you know,That when it snows, My eyes become large and The light that you shine can be seen.'

    + This song phrase could be interpreted in many ways, I offer two intrpretations, the first, I have trouble with(note1). The second, makes no physiological sense buts sounds excellent but sounds excellent when versed.

    first. . . Snow is Cocaine, when he is on it, he has an enhanced sensory experience)or whatever), which enables his to see her Aura. I don't like that interpretation because Seal, from what I have read, seen, and believe, is not one to take or mix drugs. Just because he may make the allusion to Cocaine, doesn't mean he is a user, but that it doesn't sound right in light of what we know about The Man. The guy is a fitness freak, married to one of the only models I consider well grounded. He is a perfecctionist.
    He has kids. These things lead me to believe he wasn't referring to cocaine. like I said, I don't care for this version.

    NEXT, more palatable version. . .

    When it snows on the grey (a grey is a area on the sea, think English channel, or better, North Sea, where the weather is inclement and even when the Sun does shine, it isn't a bright sun.) Introducing Snow, changes his perception much like that of a child. With this change, he feels as though he knows her(reference to aura)completely.
    This is a poetic interpretation). When it snows, your eyes(pupils) contract. But I don't think Seal meant the eyes from an ocular perspective, but from a characteristic perspective. With that said, I vote for #2
    - 'Baby'
    + aka, Baby Girl, Lover, Sweetheart, her. . . but it may also be a reference to her age because later in the song, he comments that Now that your Rose is in Bloom may hold more meaning).
    - 'I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey.'

    + Don't we all, nudge nudge say no more. What is a Kiss from a rose? Well, most of the time it would be a positive thing. One where the beauty of the Rose, the sweet fragrance sweet, the soft petals could be enjoyed. But every once in awhile, your goona catch a thorn in the lip.
    Something very painful indeed. It is a restatement of drug called Love havings its uppps, but some downs.
    Another allusion to Loves similarities to Drugs. . .
    'The more I get of you, Stranger it feels, yeah.'
    - And now that your rose is in bloom. A light hits the gloom on the grey.

    + I am not sure if this is an implication that he knew her before she became a woman, but maybe. . .
    BUt now that she is a woman, its ON
    - There is so much a man can tell you,So much he can say.

    + He can't put into words what she is doing to him. It should say, There is ONLY so much a man can verbalize, but what would the fun be in that?

    - You remain, My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
    To me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny.
    Won't you tell me is that healthy, baby?

    + More Love is a Drug comparative
    ...And if I should fall along the way
    I've been kissed by a rose on the grave.

    - This actually may be a legitimate reference to drug addiction as if is often called Falling down, or Falling Off, by addicts. . . Or, could just be more allusive wording.

    A very well drawn love story embedded in a Waltz

    ANy additional thoughts out there?



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    Aug 4th, 8:34pm report

    Rose is a symbol for the pure white aryan race.
    This song is about racial defilement. Just listen and think from this perspectiv and you will be enlighted.
    Greetings to all the american bastards.


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    Jun 14th, 6:00pm report

    Just a personal observation. Take a look at the song as a whole. The lyrics are just insane. They don't make sense. And the parts that do are very obvioisly drug refferences to coke. "when it snows" common expression in refference to coke. "my eyes become large" dialation of the eyes also common while taking coke. I think the whole song is a hallucinagenic idea after doing a bunch of coke. Don't get me wrong I like the song the music is well written and the delivery of the lyrics is great but the meaning may be a little less romantic then it is trippy.


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    May 1st, 5:19am report

    Its obviously not about drugs idiots. The line, "a drug that's the high and not the pill".its a comparison. Some people will push drugs no matter what, next they will say eye of the tiger is about fighting drug addiction...


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    Apr 22nd, 4:20am report

    "On the grey" is a strange phrase that cryptically arouses curiosity. I think the seal song is a story of a lighthouse at night. The lighthouse is the girl, the Rose is the girl,

    The beam of light reveals what can be seen and as the beam moves, where it was becomes grey and where it is going turns grey before the beam hits it. As the girl shines her light on the darkness, which is the boy, they discover parts of himself that feels strange because it was not known to him without the girl, yeah.

    "A kiss from a rose on the grey" means you can't quite see the rose yet, but when you get kissed the fragrance is strong. A man can tell the girl many things, that A rose is a mixture of power [fragrance], pleasure [petal], and pain [thorn]. And a kiss brings all three into contrast but if it is "on the grey" it is not fully realized until it is in bloom.

    The boy is all darkness where the beam shines, there is the contrast of light and dark which becomes the dark side of me, that is going to be uncovered by the girl.

    When it snows, the darkness is so complete that his iris dilates and he can see the light even brighter and also himself that she illuminates.


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    Apr 18th, 4:27pm report

    Kiss from a rose on the grey.

    It beleive Seal is comparing the stark contrast of a bright red rose to a grey and dismal sky, and this is a metaphor for the effect this woman, the focal point of the song, has on Seal and his dismal existence without her.

    Imagine holding a bright red and green freshly cut rose to a greying and cloudy sky. The imagery alone would have a meaningful effect of the viewer.


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    Feb 27th, 2016 2:31am report

    A rose is also what a crack pipe is called, now listen did you know when it snows( cocaine) my eyes become wide(pupils widen)the light that you shine cant be seen a relationship of his is affected by the cocaine?crack habit.


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    Feb 2nd, 2016 2:24pm report

    He is celebrating his pedophilia. Lets start from the beginning of the song.

    '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.'

    Describing himself and his feelings towards a young girl...

    'That when it snows,
    My eyes become large and
    The light that you shine can be seen.'

    Describing his orgasm...and then it starts turning towards the pedophilia...

    'The more I get of you,
    The stranger it feels, yeah.
    And now that your rose is in bloom.'

    A young girl that reached puberty and has started getting her period. The older she gets the weirder he feels about the relationship.

    'There is so much a man can tell you,
    So much he can say.'

    He lets us know that he isn't done yet though...he has a lot more he has yet to do.

    'You remain,
    My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
    To me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny.'

    Confirming to listeners that he is not yet done.

    'Won't you tell me is that healthy, baby?'

    He wants people to tell him this is a normal situation.

    Then it is just a repeat of his orgasm lyrics and telling people he is far from done being a pedophile.

    The song is sickening...it is not hard to see what this song is about.


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    Nov 22nd, 2015 11:58pm report

    I see it different I guess. He starts by mentioning a lighthouse (graying tower) alone on the sea. His love is the light that shines out (from the dark/water side) onto the sea beckoning him when the snow starts to fly. That love is a high, not a pill so it's nothing to do with drugs. At first I thought he was as the lighthouse but then he says when his love shines, he can see her light with large eyes. It's clearly all metaphorical as he goes on by saying "I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray. "The gray" is in reference to the sea. She is as the fragrant sweetness that clears the sinus's of the oceanic atmosphere. She is also the beacon that summons him from an ocean of loneliness (he was alone in the world before seeing her). He can see her glow as her rose is in bloom (lighthouse is running full bright). It is as beautiful of lyrics as I have ever heard but a well told story.....


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    Nov 21st, 2015 11:17pm report

    The high and not the pill... He enjoys the feeling he gets from the thing (drug/lover) but not the thing itself.

    This is a song about addiction and the power, pleasure, and pain it brings to the gray areas many of us addicts have. Questioning it over and over only ever giving in every time.

    Whether it's cake, TV, sex, drugs, etc we have vices. And some of us sing poetically about it.


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    Oct 24th, 2015 10:42pm report

    He was the tower until she came along and her symbolic sun like light brightened his weathered, graying, dark northern exposure side or he regrets not buying a secluded ocean front property in the past.

    Love remains the drug that's the high not the pill. Like when you're young and not synical yet or when love is new or he discovered the awesomeness of canibalism and a blender.

    She's the snow. I know she's the light and the rose, hello! She's everything or see the idiots about a drug reference.

    If he's the graying tower, you ever see when branches or roses rub against a building or graying wood fence they clear a bright spot, windshield wiper like area. And of course every rose has it's thorn and of course soft pedals like lips or see the idiots with the sex or drug references.

    There is so much a man can tell you...there are too many words and too much love in my hearr to say, I can't fit it all in this song, but the love is there. So much love or how about cleaning the tower and a cooked meal now and then when I get home. Don't get me started.

    Your a growing addiction...I love you so much already and its getting worse, is that healthy, do you feel the same way or am I screwed or see the drug idiots again

    Or maybe the gray area is his confusion over transexuals and he's confused by his conflicting masculine and feminine feelings

    Or he's talking about aliens (grays)

    Or maybe it IS batman, that Nicole chick has some pretty pale skin (snow) and wasn't Alfred often tending flowers at Wayne Mansion? Was that by the sea? Hope Seal isn't a pedophile. That would ruin the song for me. Kinda weird the whole young ward Robin thing going on there and there was Top Gun's overtures.

    Deep song unless your with the whole drugs or sex knuckle heads but it takes all types, live and let die (don't wven get me started on that song)


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    Dec 18th, 2014 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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