Rose Petals

 

Rose Petals


"Rose Petals, simply put, is a song that pleads with our society to grieve the loss of human life. We can only do that when we remove ourselves from tribalism and observe loss without a filter." (Dee Wilson)

ROSE PETALS
Written by Dee Wilson (BMI)
© 2017 Common Hymnal Digital (BMI), The Wilson Songbook (BMI) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

VERSE 1
A                                 E/G#
The blood of my brother was spilled on the street
D/F#                  E             
He was the rose that grew out of the concrete
Bmin        A                        E/G#                           
The same ground where his body lay
A/C#  F#min
Like rose petals on a stony grave
Esus                                             
Why do we fear each other
E
From the lies of yesterday, I'll never know

CHORUS
A                       E/G#        
But look at all these roses
D/F#
With petals on the ground
D               E                    A          
They called this one Mike Brown
D/F# G#/E     A                      E/G#                                   
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#  Esus
With petals on the ground
D               E                        A
They called this one Trayvon Martin
D/F# G#/E     A                       E/G#           
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#   
With petals on the ground
D               E                    A
They called this one Tyshawn Lee
D/F# G#/E     A                      E/G#           
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#    Esus
With petals on the ground
D   E                       A
It’s far too many for me

VERSE 2
A                               E/G#
The tears of my mother were spilled at his grave
D/F#               E          
She knows the cost the whole world could not repay
Bmin       A                        E/G#                            
And when she should've felt our sympathy
A/C#   F#min
All we told her is that her baby was guilty
Esus                                           
Do we even have compassion
E
Do we even want to see, I'll never know 

CHORUS 2
    
  A                      E/G#        
But look at all these roses
D/F#
With petals on the ground
D               E                    A          
They called this one Freddy Gray
D/F# G#/E     A                      E/G#                                   
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#  Esus
With petals on the ground
D               E                 A
They called this one Eric Garner
D/F# G#/E     A                      E/G#           
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#   
With petals on the ground
D               E                    A
They called this one Sandra Bland
D/F# G#/E     A                       E/G#           
I’m asking you to look at all these roses
D/F#    Esus
With petals on the ground
D     E                    A E/G# F#/A#
Every woman, every man

BRIDGE
Bmin            A           E/G#                           F#min
Sometimes I wonder, if you were more than a number
Bmin            A           E/G#          F#sus      Bmaj7
Would we ever see how beautiful and special and precious you were
Bmin          Amaj7   E/G#  F#min
Somebody told me, that if only, if only
Dmaj7                          Dmin6
You would better decide, you would still be alive

CHORUS 3
But I’m asking you to
A   E/G#     
Look at all these roses
D/F# Esus
With petals on the ground
D          E                        A
Like the ones from Sandy Hook
I’m asking you to
A   E/G#    
Look at all these roses
D/F# Esus
With petals on the ground
D       E                               A
Cause they will change the story
In our history books                                          
So while we can let's
A E/G#    D/F# Esus
Look at all these roses, look at all these roses
D                       E               A                           (E/G#-D/F#)
Look at all these roses with petals on the ground
I’m asking you to
A E/G#    D/F#           Esus
Look at all these roses, look at all these roses
D                       E              A                    (E/G#-D/F#)
Look at all these roses with petals on the ground
D
I'm asking you to look at all these roses, look at all these roses                         A                     E/G#-D/F#
Look at all these roses with petals on the ground
A                        
I'm asking you to
E/G#      D/F#          Esus
Look at all these roses, look at all these roses
D                         E                    A                   (E/G#-D/F#)
Look at all these roses with petals on the ground
              A                                
I'm asking you to
 E/G# D/F#     (Emin11-A9)
Look at all these roses, say a prayer for all these roses
D                         E             A                   (E/G#-D/F#)
Shout and march for all the roses with petals on the ground
A                        
I'm asking you to
A/G      D/F#            Dmin/F
Look at all these roses, look at all these roses
Esus                        E              A
Look at all these roses with petals on the ground

VERSE 3
A                                 G#/E
The blood of my brother was spilled on the street
D/F#                       E            Dmaj7
He was the rose that grew out of the concrete 

 
 
 

 

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