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Dan Fogelberg – Run For The Roses lyrics

Born in the valley
And raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With mama beside you
To help you along
You'll soon be a growing up strong.
All the long, lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lies ahead
The run for the roses so red --
And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined
In the dance
It's high time you joined
In the dance --
From sire to sire
It's born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It's breeding and it's training
And it's something unknown
That drives you and carries
You home.
And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined
In the dance
It's high time you joined
In the dance --



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    Orena Teitzel
    My dear sweet Patrick. This song was from the day you were born. We heard it going to Seattle to the hospital. You are A champion. You were a champion the day you were born and you are A champion today. You are going to be successful in this endeaver that you are facing today. You are running for the roses son. I love you with all my heart. Love mom.
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    This song was written to commemorate the 100th running of the Kentucky Derby. It's about Thoroughbred race horses. Their will to win, and what makes one out of thousands "great." Dan Fogelberg does a great job of giving us a word picture of a wobbly-kneed, long-legged foal (baby horse) growing up in the pastures; he talks about the "fire" that is "born in the blood" of a Champion race horse. How "it's breeding, and it's training, and it's something unknown that drives you and carries you home." And yes, this could apply to any horse, but the "Run for the Roses" is specifically the Kentucky Derby, and since each horse gets only one chance to run in the Derby, on the first Saturday in May of that horse's three-year-old year, "it's the chance of a lifetime, in a lifetime of chance." I love this song. It puts a catch in my throat and a tear in my eye every time I hear it, thinking of Secretariat and all the other awesome Thoroughbreds who have won the Kentucky Derby, and also all the others, who didn't win, or never had the chance to run at all. Each one is a special life, planned and dreamed about and hoped for by the breeders over an 11-month gestation and three years of growing up, raising that foal and training that foal, investing hopes and dreams and incredible amounts of money in that foal, hoping that this one will be "great," that this one just might win the Kentucky Derby.
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