Just a Rose in a Garden of Weeds

PJ and John read the lyrics to Just a Rose in a Garden of Weeds to close out the Still Growing podcast SG511 this week featuring Nancy Peters, The Weed Lady. It’s a beautiful old song that was written by W. H. David and R B Saxe in  1949 and featured on the soundtrack of the James Stewart classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘.

Amru Sani sang Just a Rose in A Garden of Weeds. She was a beautiful (and tall) singer and actress who was popular during the 1950s and 1960s. The Kingston Jamaica paper The Gleaner caller her the “Jamaican enchantress of song“. Here’s the Amru Sani recording from 1949:

Here’s a more recent recording by the Grand Dominion Jazz Band at the 20th Annual America’s Festival at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington  on June 27th, 2010.

Just a Rose in a Garden of Weeds 

Down in the Devil’s own garden
Amidst all the weeds on the ground,
‘Twas there in the gloom
I found a sweet bloom
Was shedding its perfume around.

Just a rose in a garden of weeds,
No-one knows why they planted you there.
Although you’re alone
How sweet you have grown
With no-one to tend you, or care.
Never mind, little rose, never mind,
‘Though you’re lonely, and nobody care,
When the light sheds a dew 
It’s a tear shed for you,
Just a rose in a garden of weeds.

Sleep, little rose, ’til tomorrow,
Though life be weary to you.
When day brings the dawn
You’ll wake with the morn
To find a new sun shining through.


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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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