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Elvis SongPedia: Mama Liked the Roses

Mama Liked the Roses




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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Johnny Christopher

Recorded: January 16, 1969 (track), January 21, 1969 (Elvis' vocal), American Sound Studios, Memphis
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "The Wonder of You", 47-9835, April 20, 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0676, August 1971

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart on Billboard's Hot 100
#65 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: (RCA Camden release) - November 1970
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My Spin

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Johnny Christopher's tear-jerker "Mama Liked the Roses" might not be one's first choice to include on a Christmas album, but that's where most listeners got their first taste of this sentimental tune. It's not to everyone's taste, either, including mine. Much like "Don't Cry Daddy", to me, this one goes over the top attempting to tug on the heartstrings. Elvis does a fine job harmonizing with himself, though.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Mama Liked the Roses" is a female equivalent of "Don't Cry Daddy". Presley is doubtless sincere, but this has to be listened to with indulgence.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979




Gentle, very sentimental, with a short monologue, church bells chiming and violins.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Mama Liked the Roses" Lyrics

Oh, mama liked the roses she grew them in the yard
But Winter always came around and made the growing way too hard
Oh, mama liked the roses and when she had the time
She'd decorate the living room, for all us kids to see
When I hear the Sunday bells ringing in the morning
I remember crying when she used to sing
Oh, mama liked the roses but most of all she cared
About the way we learned to live and if we said our prayers

You know I kept the family bible
With a rose that she saved inside
It was pressed between the pages
Like it had found a place to hide

Oh, mama liked the roses in such a special way
We bring them every Mother's Day
And put them on her grave
Oh, mama liked the roses Mmmm
Mama liked the roses
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