Joe Jencks

play The Sweetest of Rose 3:28

from The Candle And The Flame

I had an amazing time at the Kerrville Folk Festival and fell in love with music and life again in a new way.  The night before I left, I was looking at two red roses I gave to my friend Helena, and the first few lines of the song arrived. I had to work for the rest. But I had a 1500 mile drive ahead of me so there was plenty of time to debate lyrics with the muse. I definitely got some of that Texas hill country dust in my brain… because this is not a song I would have written before spending two weeks in Texas. I hope it brings you a measure of the relaxed joy that filled my heart while I was there.

I brought you two roses in the summer sunshine
Fresh as the morning and the color of wine
Seeking a song I did not understand
You just smiled at me gently and reached for my hand (and said)

Chorus
We've touched a beauty that only love knows
We want to hold on to a feeling so fine
But the sweetest of rose is the one that still grows
On the vine, on the vine, on the vine

Jealousy sounds in my heart even still
Like the thunder that rolls down this west Texas hill
But the rainbow appears and it's then I recall
Love is so big there's enough for us all (for)

We met here as strangers we leave now as friends
God grant the love that we share never ends
May it guard us and guide us and show us the way
May it be our companion and grace every day

But the sweetest of rose is the one that still grows
On the vine, on the vine, on the vine

Yes the sweetest of love is the one that takes time
And the sweetest of rose is the one on the vine

copyright 2007 Joe Jencks

updated: 8 years ago