«I Threw Away the Rose» is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in February 1967 as the first single from the album Branded Man. The song peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles. In 1994 Lorrie Morgan recorded a version of the song which replaced the «I» in the lyrics with «you», changing it from a self-referential song to a song about someone else, for the Merle Haggard tribute album Mama’s Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard.
From the album Branded Man
B-side «Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive»
Released February 27, 1967
Songwriter(s) Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Ken Nelson