One of the more interesting songs on Nashville is “Black Roses,” which was performed for a second time this week on their special live performance at the Ryman. It also inspired my latest theme, although the piano is black and the roses are red. 🙂

I love the music on Nashville and the peek into the songwriter’s life. These lyrics were brilliantly written and real inspiration for the second session of my songwriting class.

Anybody who has ever had a relationship like this or have seen one, well, you’ll totally get the song.

“Black Roses”

I can see your eyes,
staring into mine,
but it’s a battlefield and I’m on the other side.
You can throw your words,
sharper than a knife,
and leave me cold, in another house on fire.

I, lay low, lay low and watch the bridges burn
I, lay low, lay low, what more could I have done?

[Chorus]
Now you only bring me black roses,
and they crumble into dust when they’re held
Now you only bring me black roses,
under your spell

She told me twice,
all her good advice,
but i couldn’t see, I was clouded by your lies.
Up in smoke,
a vision she foretold,
She said stay away ’cause that boy’s a warning sign

I, lay low, lay low and watch the bridges burn

[Chorus]

Now you only bring me black roses but I’m not under your spell
I’m not under your spell [x4]