Just One Rose Will Do

Charles Cowling


When time shall come for my leaving, when I bid you adieu;
Don’t spend your money for flowers, just one rose will do. 
Because I’m going up to a beautiful garden,
At last when my work is through.
Don’t spend your money for flowers, just one rose will do.

I’d rather have one rose, from a garden of a friend,
Than the choicest flowers when this stay on earth shall end.
I’d rather have one word in kindness said to me,
Than flattery when my heart is still and life has ceased to be.
I’d rather have a pleasant smile from a friend I know is true,
Than tears shed around my casket when I bid this world adieu.
Bring me all the flowers today, whether pink, white or red.
I’d rather have one rose now, than a truck load when I’m dead.

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6 years ago

When I was growing up my grandmother used to tell me this
All the time she never told me where she heard it then This morning I heard this song I looked it up. At her funeral I gave her just one rose

Belinda Forbes
10 years ago

It’s a moving sight to see a plain and inexpensive coffin with a single flower on the top. Sadly most worry that others will think them cheapskates for not having a huge floral display.

Liz Mowatt
10 years ago

Great sentiment, I agree completely.
Did you have to listen to that song over and over again to get the transcript? If so, poor you!