ONLY A ROSE From the Broadway Show "The Vagabond King" (1925) (Rudolf Friml / Brian Hooker) Denis King & Carolyn Thomson (stage; first operetta version) - 1925 Denis King & Jeanette MacDonald (first film version) - 1930 Oreste Kirkop & Kathryn Grayson (second film version) - 1956 Oreste Kirkop & Jean Fenn (record version) Also recorded by: Carolyn Thomson - 1926 Alfred Drake & Mimi Benzell - 1951 Bette McLaurin - 1953 Mario Lanza & Judith Raskin - 1958 Gordon MacRae & Lucille Norman; Ted Christopher & Julie Wright; Webster Booth & Anne Ziegler; Charlie Barnet & His Orch.; Jimmy Dorsey Orch.(with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell); London Promenade Orch.; Doris Vane & Harold Williams; Earl Wrightson & Lois Hunt; David Whitfield & Shaw; Richard Tauber; John Hanson; Richard Crooks; David Garrick. Oreste Kirkop & Jean Fenn version: Oreste: Red rose out of the east Tell the love I love least. "Who knows? Red rose out of the west Tell the love I love best "Love is a rose" Only a rose I give you. Only a song dying away, Only a smile to keep in memory Until we meet another day. Only a rose to whisper, Blushing as roses do, "I'll bring along a smile or a song for anyone" Only a rose for you. Jean: Only a rose you give me. Only a song dying away, Only a smile to keep in memory Until we meet another day. Jean: Only a rose to whisper, (Oreste: Only a rose to whisper,) Jean: Blushing as roses do, (Oreste: Blushing as roses do,) Jean and Oreste: "I'll bring along a smile or a song for anyone" Only a rose for you. (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - July 2006)