Song of the Day #3,624: ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ – Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond saw The Monkees take his song ‘I’m a Believer’ to #1 in 1966, but four years later he’d land his first #1 as a recording artist with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie.’

The rollicking song about a band of men who find solace in Cracklin’ Rosé wine was inspired by the tale of a Canadian First Nation tribe in which the men significantly outnumbered the women.

‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ appeared on the 1970 album Tap Root Manuscript, Diamond’s sixth album in four years and his first (of many) to go Platinum.

Aw, Cracklin’ Rosie, get on board
We’re gonna ride
Till there ain’t no more to go
Taking it slow
And Lord, don’t you know
We’ll have me a time with a poor man’s lady

Hitchin’ on a twilight train
Ain’t nothing here that I care to take along
Maybe a song
To sing when I want
No need to say please to no man
For a happy tune

Oh, I love my Rosie child
You got the way to make me happy
You and me we go in style
Cracklin’ Rose
You’re a store-bought woman
But you make me sing like a guitar hummin’
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin’ on
Play it now, play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin’ Rosie, make me a smile
Girl, if it lasts for an hour, that’s all right
We got all night to set the world right
Find us a dream that don’t ask no questions
Yeah

Oh, I love my Rosie child
You got the way to make me happy
You and me we go in style
Cracklin’ Rose
You’re a store-bought woman
But you make me sing like a guitar hummin’
So hang on to me, girl
Our song keeps runnin’ on
Play it now, play it now
Play it now, my baby

Cracklin’ Rosie, make me a smile
Girl, if it lasts for an hour, that’s all right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don’t ask no questions

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,624: ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ – Neil Diamond

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    As I recall, this was one of the other songs Costas mentioned to Springsteen as an example of Diamond’s better early work, but Bruce remained unpersuaded (as am I 😁).

  2. Peg says:

    I like this one!

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