A Rose In Red

from by John Sieger

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This is is a modern love song and a nod to the resurgent art of skin graffiti. Again, it is divisible by three, a truly magical number, and has a lovely string arrangement by Chris Hanson. I'm trying to keep these notes shorter than the song, otherwise I would go on about Larry Penn, the Godfather of Milwaukee folk, his pal Utah Phillips, the rose tattoo all of Utah's running buddies had to have and all the failed attempts to write a song about aforementioned skin art that ended when Larry wrote the brilliant "Just A Rose." Larry is now 85 years old and his skills remain, run out and catch him any time you can. As for my song, I like it, but it can't hold a candle to his.

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A Rose In Red

I wrote your name on my arm
So you see
I belong to you and you
Belong to me
A rose in red — your name in blue
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love

Band around my arm — a dancing girl
In a mini-skirt
Lightning and a skull — all from a book
Now this won’t hurt
One week’s pay — well maybe two
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love

Pictures that you trace and and can’t erase
A pen of steel
Needle to the skin it’s written
Just how I feel
A rose in red — your name in blue
Ink upon the skin to show within
My love for you
My love
My love

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from A Rose In Red, track released February 19, 2013

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John Sieger Milwaukee, Wisconsin

John Sieger leads a great Midwestern band, Semi-Twang. He is a songwriter and a singer, but not a singer/songwriter. He also plays guitar. His songs have been recorded by over 20 artists, from Dwight Yoakam and Flaco Jimenez on the Americana side, to The BoDeans and Jerry Harrison over in the land of rock. He has collaborated with Michael Feldman on songs for as long as he can remember. ... more

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