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One of only two songs where the Dead played Robert Hunter's music as well as his lyrics.

Lyrics By
Robert Hunter
Music By
Robert Hunter
Lyrics

Annie laid her head down in the roses
She had ribbons, ribbons, ribbons in her long brown hair
I don't know, maybe it was the roses
All I know, I could not leave her there

I don't know, it must have been the roses
The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair
I don't know, maybe it was the roses
All I know, I could not leave her there

Ten years the waves rolled the ships home from the sea
Thinking well how it may blow in all good company
If I tell another what your own lips told to me
Let me lay 'neath the roses and my eyes no longer see

One pane of glass in the window
No one is complaining, though, come in and shut the door
Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore
And it's strange how no one comes round any more

  • It Must Have Been The Roses
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    Annie laid her head down in the roses
    She had ribbons, ribbons, ribbons in her long brown hair
    I don't know, maybe it was the roses
    All I know, I could not leave her there

    I don't know, it must have been the roses
    The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair
    I don't know, maybe it was the roses
    All I know, I could not leave her there

    Ten years the waves rolled the ships home from the sea
    Thinking well how it may blow in all good company
    If I tell another what your own lips told to me
    Let me lay 'neath the roses and my eyes no longer see

    One pane of glass in the window
    No one is complaining, though, come in and shut the door
    Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore
    And it's strange how no one comes round any more

    One of only two songs where the Dead played Robert Hunter's music as well as his lyrics.