The Red, Red Rose (Song for Phoebe Prince)

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    “…Red, Red Rose is an old fashioned lament played out in a haze of guitar and distortion. It takes an ancient form and dresses it in the cloths of the Seattle scene – with all its noise and hurt – and creates a new living and breathing entity.” – Andrew Hamilton, Clare People, Ireland

    “…(The Red, Red Rose) is, in a word, haunting, recalling vintage Sandy Denny-era Fairport Convention as envisioned through a dark psychedelic lens – and we defy anyone not to feel a lump in the throat when Kelly gets to the lines, “One January afternoon/ They killed you in your school clothes.” – Fred Mills, Blurt

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Performed by Jeff Kelly and Laura Weller, “The Red, Red Rose,” was written by Kelly to express his sadness and anger after reading of Phoebe Prince suicide following intense bullying from schoolmates in Massachusetts in January of 2010.

lyrics

The Red, Red Rose (Song for Phoebe Prince)

So, nevermore to see the sunrise
And nevermore the ocean wild
And not to taste the snow of morning
On the tongue of one so mild

And nevermore your eyes in laughter
That lately held but only tears
That lately gazed with only sorrow
Across a life of so few years

One January afternoon
They killed you in your school clothes
As sure as winter’s cruel hands
Clutch and kill the red, red rose

So, lost we are to ever hold you
Lost forever, thanks to those
Who built your gallows just as sure
As the first freeze kills the red, red rose.

© 2010 Jeff Kelly/St. Bridged Publishing

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from The Red, Red Rose E​.​P., released August 3, 2010

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