Good Year For The Roses

Words & Music:

Jerry Chesnut

(transcribed by Eric Dongu)



I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick

           D                   A

On the cigarettes there in the ashtray


Lyin' cold the way you left 'em,

                         D           A

But at least your lips caressed them while you packed


Or the lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee


That you poured and didn't drink


But at least you thought you wanted it,

                                       A  Asus  A

That's so much more than I can say for me



                         D   E                           A

What a good year for the roses, many blooms still linger there

Bm      E7                                                A  Asus4  A

The lawn could stand another mowin'.  Funny, I don't even care.

D     E                                          D   A

As you turn to walk away, as the door behind you closes,

Bm    E7

The only thing I have to say,

                              A    D    C#m    Bm    A

"It's been a good year for the ros--------------------es."


After three full years of marriage,

It's the first time that you haven't made the bed

I guess the reason we're not talkin',

There's so little left to say we haven't said

While a million thoughts go racin' through my mind,

I find I haven't said a word

From the bedroom the familiar sound

Of a baby's cryin' goes unheard




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