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Bret Michaels – Every Rose Has Its Thorn lyrics

Story: (42 seconds)
When I wrote the lyrics to Every Rose Has it's Thorn, it truly was about heartache and heartbreak, and there is no friend, no family member, you know, anybody, that can help you work your way through that--you have to do it yourself, and I've been able to do that fortunately through my music and through my lyrics and um, uh, I wrote this in about '86; I was in Dallas, Texas and we were as Poison out on the road struggling to become successful and I could not fly my girlfriend out at the time and, uh, we parted ways and as she started to see other people, it broke my heart and that was truly it, and that truly was every rose had it's thorn.

Song: (4: 33)
We both lie silently still
In the dead of the night
Although we both lie close together
We feel miles apart inside

Was it something I said or something I did
Did the words not come out right
Though I tried not to hurt you
Though I tried
But I guess that's why they say

Every rose has it's thorn
Just like every night has it's dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has it's thorn

Yeah it does

I listen to our favorite song
Playing on the radio
Hear the dj say loves a game of easy come and
Easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has he ever felt like this
And I know that you'd be here somehow
If I could have let you know somehow
I guess


Though it's been a while now
I can still feel so much pain
Like a knife that cuts you the wound heals
But the scar, that scar remains


I know I could have saved a love that night
If I'd known what to say
Instead of makin' love
We both made our separate ways

But now I hear you found somebody new
And that I never meant that much to you
To hear that tears me up inside
And to see you cuts me like a knife
I guess


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