Song of the Day #3,872: ‘Roses’ – Kanye West

Kanye West has been acting a fool long enough now that it’s easy to forget he released some very good music back in the day.

West’s second album, 2005’s Late Registration, remains the early pinnacle of a career that has gone off the rails due to West’s ego and (on a sadder note) his mental health issues.

Co-produced by Jon Brion, who Kanye discovered through his work on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind score and Fiona Apple’s second album, Late Registration is still a great listen.

Lyrically, the songs cover more resonant territory than Kanye’s current obsession with his own fame. Today’s SOTD is about the hospitalization of his grandmother. It features a Bill Withers sample and guest vocals by Patti Labelle.

[Verse 1: Kanye West]
I know it’s past visiting hours
But can I please give her these flowers?
The doctor don’t wanna take procedures
He claim her heart can’t take the anaesthesia
It’ll send her body into a seizure
That lil’ thing by the hospital bed, it’ll stop beepin
Hey, chick, I’m at a loss for words
What do you say at this time? Remember when I was 9?
Tell her everything gon’ be fine, but I be lyin’
Her family cryin’, they want her to live, and she tryin’
I’m arguin like what kind of doctor can we fly in
You know the best medicine go to people that’s paid
If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS
And all the broke motherfuckers passed away
You telling me if my grandma’s in the NBA
Right now she’d be okay? But since she
Was just a secretary, worked for the church for 35 years
Things ‘sposed to stop right here
My grandfather tryin to pull it together, he’s strong
That’s where I get my confidence from
I asked the nurse “Did you do the research?”
She asked me, “Can you sign some t-shirts?”
Bitch, is you smokin reefer?
You don’t see that we hurt? But still[Hook]
I smile, when Rosie comes to see me
And I can’t wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can’t wait for the clouds to break

[Verse 2: Kanye West]
They outside of the emergency room, room
You can feel my heartbeat, beat, beat
If she gon’ pull through, we gon’ find out soon
But right now she asleep, sleep, sleep
My momma say they say she could pass away any day
Hey chick, what these doctors know anyway?
Let me see the X-rays, I ain’t no expert, I’m just hurt
Cousin Kim took off of work
Plus my Aunt Shirley, Aunt Beverly, Aunt Clay and Aunt Jean
So many Aunties we could have an Auntie Team
Feel like Amerie, it’s just “One Thing”
When they said that she made it you see they eyes gleam
I think we at a all-time high
To get there, we run, we fly, we drive
Cause with my family we know where home is
And so instead of sending flowers, we’re the roses

[Hook]
I smile, when Rosie comes to see me
And I can’t wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can’t wait for the clouds to break

(Sung) Oh, Rosie brings the sunshine, oh

[Hook]
I smile, when Rosie comes to see me
And I can’t wait for a sunny day (seeing it through your eyes)
Can’t wait for the clouds to break

[Outro (with Patti LaBelle)]
I, smile, when Rosie come to see me
And I’m sad, when Rosie goes away
Oh Rosie brings the sunshine (say)

Can’t wait, I can’t wait, no
Can’t wait, I can’t wait, no
Can’t wait, I, can’t wait
No, can’t wait, for, for a sunny day
Momma can’t wait, for the clouds to break
Mm mmm mm mm-mm mm-mm
Oh oh oh oh no no, say
Tellin’ you the truth now
Said I can’t wait, uh-uh
I won’t wait, no

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,872: ‘Roses’ – Kanye West

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I had no desire to support Kanye’s career in any way when he was just a rude, arrogant prig. Certainly not going to make that effort now that he’s a MAGA Trump supporting loon.

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