Lady of the Rose

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Composition by Drake Oranwood to honor the Order of the Rose (which, admittedly, is not comprised only of women).

Many thanks to Thyra Eiriksdottir, Rowan de la Garnison, and Meirwen uerch Owein, who shared their experiences as royal consorts and Roses.

More details about the song can be found at Drake Oranwood's website.

Lyrics

Lady of the Rose music and lyrics © 2013 by Eric Schrager


What is this game that you’ve stumbled upon?

Is it fairy-tale or history?

Armor and weapons and courtly intrigue–

Well, perhaps you’ve found where you belong.


Now there’s a stir from the end of the hall–

As the crowd parts before her you see,

Everyone bowing as they greet the Queen,

And she’s radiant, gracious and strong…


This is a role someone asked her to play,

What would that be like, do you suppose?

Blooming in sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles and admires when they look on a rose…


Suddenly you’re sitting next to a Queen,

As you watch your man fighting for crown.

Talk to him briefly between every bout

To make sure that his head’s in the game.


Push back your nerves, and make certain to smile,

You’re a heartbeat away from renown.

And, there it is! Yes, they all saw the blow!

And now things never will be the same…


This is a role that you’re destined to play,

All because you’re the woman he chose.

Bloom in the sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles–when they look at you, they see a rose…


Hail the Crown Princess! And now it begins,

For you want to live up to that name.

Don’t drop the scepter–or trip on the dress…

You keep watching to learn what to do.


Her Majesty smiles and says you’re doing fine,

For no two Queens are ever the same.

Only be true to who you really are

And she’s certain you’ll find your way through…


Is this a role that you’re ready to play?

For you’ve noticed each season it grows.

Bloom in the sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles if they can’t see the thorns on the rose…


What does it mean that they call you a Queen?

It means endlessly planning details.

All eyes are on you wherever you go,

So be part of it! Join in the fun.


Give recognition for what people do,

Be the wind that will fill up their sails.

Courtesy always–the standard is you!

It seems endless, but soon ’twill be done…


This is a role that you wanted to play,

And your work, if it’s good, never shows.

Bloom in the sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles and applauds as they hand you your rose…


Now there’s a new Queen who stands where you stood,

And you’ve time for yourself once again.

Still, as a Countess or Duchess, you learn

That things aren’t as they used to be…


You still must carry yourself like a Queen,

Though no longer the burden of reign.

Now you must listen more often than speak,

And give comfort when you see the need…


This is a role that you’ll never not play,

And perhaps you grow stiff from the pose.

Bloom in the sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles when they see a Lady of the Rose…


This is a role that you always shall play,

And you’re one of the handful who knows.

Bloom in the sunlight to fullest display,

Everyone smiles and admires a Lady of the Rose…

Everyone smiles and admires a Lady of the Rose.