The Briar and the Rose (early version)


Oh blood and bone, and clocks and trains
My coat will keep you from the rain
Alas our love is all in vain
The briar and the rose

I will not wait, I cannot thread
The tenor of the things you said
My love is true and we must wed
The briar and the rose

I donít know how, I donít know why
I never meant to make you cry
My love is blind and so are yours
The briar and the rose

Out in the meadow, a place weíd dream
Our love was meant to be
Oh tell me have you ever seen
A briar without the rose

Our love will tear us both apart
Iíll never change my farmerís heart
And I will cry and you must go
The briar and the rose

And when Iím buried in my grave
And Novemberís wind will blow
Your tears will fall
To make them grow
The briar and the rose

And when Iím buried in my grave
Novemberís wind will blow
And your tears will fall
To make them grow
The briar and the rose

Your tears will fall
To make them grow
The briar and the rose


Words and music by Tom Waits
©1990 Jalma Music Inc.



Demo recording made by Gerd Bessler in Hamburg, Germany 1990

Tom Waits: Vocals and organ
Greg Cohen: Upright bass

Track 4 on the bootleg album ĎBlack Rider Outtakesí
Time: 3.01







Trivia section: The line "I cannot thread the tenor of the things you said"