I wrote Red Roses in 1997 after breaking up with a very sweet man who just wasn't right for me. It tells the tale of a woman who gives up a relationship that almost works in order to find something perfect - and twenty years later, hasn't done any better. She is bitter, disillusioned, and sings only of loss and longing. Cheerful stuff, huh?
It seems to strike a chord with people, perhaps because so many of us have a fear of being alone; in Red Roses she brings that fate upon herself by giving up something "almost good." There is a fear of loss in it, and a fear of failure as well - she tried to find something better and could not. Should she have settled for something less? Or was he, in fact, perfect after all and she simply unable to see it? There are no answers, only silence. - Erica Neely
Erica's website is at http://home.att.net/~elneely/.
Copyright ©1997 by Erica Neely
They said please sing a happy song -
I thought that I could have it all,
I signed up with the Bardic Corps
I went out searching for this man,
I gave up something almost good,
And there are no red roses at my feet,