The Statler Brothers: Bed of Rose's Meaning
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Song Released: 1970
Bed of Rose's Lyrics
Who would go to church but left me in the streets.
With no parents of my own,
I never had a home,
and an 18 year old boy has got to eat.
She found me outside one Sunday morning
anonymous Jun 8th, 2018 6:17pm report
A young orphaned man in a small town (possibly modeled after the Statlers' hometown of Staunton, Virginia) has for some reason become shunned by the "polite" members of society, and is forced to beg in the streets. His life improves when a streetwalker named Rose, nearly twice his age, takes him in; he becomes her lover. The song juxtaposes the hypocrisy of the nominally Christian townspeople who would "go to church and leave me in the street" and their envy of Rose who "managed a late evening business/like most of the town wished they could do", with the care and tender love that evolves between the two outcasts. The song is both a challenge of narrow minded religion and moral-ism, and a gentle celebration of love, in some ways not unlike the theme of Luke 7:36-50. The title of "Bed of Rose's" is, like some of the other Statler Brothers' works, a play on words - in this case on the common English idiom "bed of roses", which means an easy and pleasant life.
Taken from the wikipedia.
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