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I THREW AWAY THE ROSE (Merle Haggard) Merle Haggard & The Strangers - 1967 George Jones - 1967 Stonewall Jackson - 1967 Porter Wagoner - 1967 Conway Twitty - 1967 Charley Pride - 1967 Del Reeves - 1967 Cal Smith - 1968 Norma Jean - 1968 Carl Smith - 1968 Johnny Bond - 1970 Lorrie Morgan - 1994 Also recorded by: Hank Snow; Ernest Tubb; Hank Williams Jr. Once I lived the life of wine and roses And I drank a lot back then for one concern Success for me lay just around the corner I thought my social friends would help me make the turn But now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses A victim of the drunken life I chose Now all my social friends look down their noses 'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose (Instrumental Break) I stood and watched the bottle take command of me The turn I made was not the one I'd planned And I watched my social friends slip away from me While I watched the bottle slowly take command But now I'm paying for the days of wine and roses A victim of the drunken life I chose Now all my social friends look down their noses 'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose 'Cause I kept the wine and threw away the rose (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2010)

    


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