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The Meaning Behind Don Williams’ Song “The Rose”

Don Williams' "The Rose" Encourages Taking Chances in Love
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Unfortunately, Don Williams never got to share his version of “The Rose.” The original song was sung by Bette Midler for her first movie, also called “The Rose.” It was written by Amanda McBroom, who got the idea from a song she heard on the radio, “Magdalena” by Leo Sayer. One of her favorite lines from that song was, “Your love is like a razor.” When Bette Midler heard “The Rose,” she fell in love with it, and it became a big part of her life.

Exploring the Meaning of Don Williams’ Song “The Rose”

The song teaches us that love can bring both joy and pain. If you’ve had a tough time with love, it can leave you feeling hurt and vulnerable. But if you’re lucky enough to be happily in love, your view of love will be completely different.


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In the song, Amanda tells us that we’ll miss out on a lot if we’re too scared to love. She says, “It’s the heart afraid of breaking.” But she also encourages those who’ve lost hope to stay positive. She compares love to a river, a razor, and hunger.

Don Williams was a big influence on many different musicians. One of his best songs is “The Rose.” Famous singers like Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers have also recorded his songs.


Don Williams was known as “The Gentle Giant” because of his smooth, deep voice. Besides being a country singer, he was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He started his solo singing career in 1971 and had 17 number-1 country hits. His version of “The Rose” was so special that it touched the hearts of many people.

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