Gene Watson – Paper Rosie

Its chart performance is a testament to its widespread appeal, soaring to impressive positions on country music charts across the nation, reaching #3 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and #1 on Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

Unraveling the Tapestry of Gene Watson’s «Paper Rosie»

In the vast landscape of country music, Gene Watson’s «Paper Rosie» stands as a timeless gem, weaving a poignant narrative that has resonated with fans for decades. As we embark on a journey to unravel the story behind this classic tune, we’ll delve into its origins, meaning, and the remarkable career of the man behind the microphone.

Unveiling «Paper Rosie» – A Timeless Ballad

Gene Watson - Paper Rosie
Cover LP Gene Watson Capitol 1977
Recorded on November 18, 1976 and released January 22, 1977, «Paper Rosie» was penned by Dallas Harms and produced under the masterful guidance of Russ Reeder. This heartfelt track found its home in the album «Paper Rosie,» becoming an instant favorite among fans. Its chart performance is a testament to its widespread appeal, soaring to impressive positions on country music charts across the nation, reaching #3 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and #1 on Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

Decoding the Essence of «Paper Rosie»

At its core, «Paper Rosie» is a soul-stirring ballad that reflects on the fragility of life and the passing of time. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a small-town florist, «Paper Rosie,» whose presence leaves an indelible mark on the community. As the song unfolds, listeners are taken on a journey of introspection, contemplating the transient nature of relationships and the enduring impact of love.




Gene Watson’s Legacy – A Musical Maestro

Gene Watson - What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her
Gene Watson
Before immersing ourselves in the rich tapestry of «Paper Rosie,» let’s take a moment to appreciate the artist behind the magic. Gene Watson, a stalwart in the country music scene, has notched numerous chart-toppers and accolades throughout his illustrious career. With a string of number-one hits and a voice that echoes through the heart of country enthusiasts, Watson has solidified his place in the genre’s hall of fame.
Beyond the realms of «Paper Rosie,» Gene Watson’s legacy is adorned with an impressive array of achievements. Boasting multiple number-one hits and a dedicated fan base, Watson’s contributions to country music have left an indelible mark. From the honky-tonk classics to heartfelt ballads like «Paper Rosie,» Watson’s versatility as a vocalist has made him a true icon in the genre.

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Gene Watson – Paper Rosie Lyrics

The sun goes down in Calvin county
Neon lights from an old beer sign
Shown through the window out on the sidewalk
As I walked in to pass the time;
I looked around, sat down at a table
Ordered beef on rye and a glass of wine
And through the door came a little old lady
She was selling paper roses and they only cost a dime
Paper Rosie, Paper Rosie
She sold you Paper Roses, But they only cost a dime
Silver hair that’s lost its’ Gold
Trembling hand as she passed the rose
Red Crepe paper, made nature’s bouquet
Help a little old lady buy a rose today;
I took the rose from her trembing hand
With eyes of age, she smilled and walked away
Like a breath of spring I could smell the rose
It came alive and I heard her say
Buy my Roses, pretty roses
They’re only made of paper
But they only cost a dime
I went to look for her outside
A spray of roses lay by her side
The sky lit up and the choir sang
A thousand voices as the church bells rang
They sang Rosie (Rosie), paper Rosie (Rosie)
She sold you Paper Roses
But they only cost a dime
Paper Rosie (Rosie), Paper Rosie (Rosie)
She sold you paper roses
But they only cost a dime

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Gene Watson - Paper Rosie
Single Gene Watson Capitol 1977

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