Rose Garden


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“Rose Garden” is Track 9 on Street Angel, Stevie Nicks’ fifth solo album.

About the Song

Stevie wrote “Rose Garden” in 1965 at the age of 17 when she was a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School in Northern California.

Stevie performed “Rose Garden” in concert for the first time during her 1998 Enchanted Tour, as part of an acoustic trio of related songs: “After the Glitter Fades,” “Garbo,” and “Rose Garden.” 

Lyrics

You never promised me a rose garden
You never said it would be easy
You never promised me a leisure lifetime
You only said you’d never leave me

Well, I never took the time to realize
How much I needed love in order to survive
I was so spoiled, a princess in my time
And your love was so deep
And mine so blind

You never promised me a ring made out of diamonds
A band of gold you said was all you could buy
You never said I’d be a rich man’s lady
And oh my darling, no, you never lied

Well, I never took the time to realize
How much I needed love in order to survive
I was so spoiled, a princess in my time
And your love was so deep
And mine so blind

And now you’re gone and I’m alone and I’m so lonely
Nothing seems to be the same
One day I turned around and you no longer loved me
In my life there’s been a big change

Now I’ve a big house
With pillars standing tall all around
Yeah, and I’ve got a garden
And it’s got roses dangling down to the ground
Yes, and I’ve got money
Men to love me and acres of land
Well, I’ve got all these things
All these things but a small gold band
On my finger on my left hand
On my finger on my left hand
No, no, you never promised
You never promised me a rose garden
No, you never promised me a rose garden

Written in 1965

(Stevie Nicks) © 1992 Welsh Witch Music (BMI) admin. by Sony Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Musicians

Ron Blair Bass
Andy Fairweather Low Acoustic Guitar
Ethan Johns Electric Guitar, Drums & Percussion
Bernie Leadon Hi String & Acoustic Guitars
Peter Michael Additional Percussion
Stevie Nicks Vocal Harmonies
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ & Synthesizer
Waddy Wachtel Additional Guitar

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