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I told you I love roses, I said I don't need too much
Then you bought me a new sports car, taught me how to work the clutch
With a note from the bank that was more than we could do
We bought a boat that we sank in Lake Havasu
In over our heads

I told you I love roses, but you bought me trips and jewels
I always said that's too much, but you're stubborn as a mule
Still the bills were piling up as your tenderness broke down
You started working late and you seldom were around
In over your head

I told you I love roses, I said I don't need this stuff
I told you that I'm happy, that I think we have enough
Yet I'd hear you on the phone, conversations were so strange
Just business deals, you said, that had to be arranged
In over your head

And the gifts, they just kept coming, but you'd toss and turn all night
I said baby, let's start over, but you said, don't pick a fight
You began to pace, began to smoke, lost track of all your lies
One day the unmarked cars appeared now you're at Florence High
In over your head

And I'm alone here, just trying to sort this out
Living in a rental, 'cause I had to sell the house
Pawning everything I have, yes, everything must go
Except this crystal vase because, well, you never know...
Someday I might get roses


from Burn and Sparkle, released July 29, 2016


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Susan Marting Saint Louis, Missouri

Born, raised, and roams St Louis.

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