Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kiss from a Rose

The year is 1995. The movie Batman Forever is released and the song "Kiss from a Rose" is re released and topped the charts for a whopping seven days. Everytime that song came on VH1 or MTV back in the days of music videos, my siblings and I would dance around and sing at the top of our lungs while dramatically acting like Batman and Robin fighting evil and winning the girl.

I was 10. I listened to the song on repeat and I sang the words I thought Seal was singing. And I sang them with authority and confidence. I had no idea what he was talking about though. Kiss from a rose on a grave? What? I decided this was due to the fact that I was 10 and didn't know much of anything.

I was driving home from Lebanon on Sunday morning trying to find something on the radio to keep me from drifting off to sleep behind the wheel when Kiss from a Rose started playing on a random Central PA radio station. I of course blasted Seal and sang at the top of my lungs...picture it. I stopped midway through the song and thought...okay, this came out 15 years ago, I am now 25 and I still don't get why Seal is talking about Kissing roses on graves.

Now if you know me, you know I am notorious for making up words to songs and singing them confidently (please see Ellen DeGeneres's stand-up: Here and Now for the funniest reference to this ever...and while you're at it, just watch the whole thing because its the best Well today I was thinking about that song and I thought, I'm going to look up the lyrics for the first time ever. And to my surprise I have been singing them wrong for the last 15 years!!!  Now I get it...

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you,
The stranger it feels, yeah.
And now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray.
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say.
You remain, my power, my pleasure, my pain, baby

....oh wait. nope, still confused.