Day 5, Wednesday 12th August, and today the ladies of Buckden Singers perform a poignant classic made popular by Bette Midler and many others since. This one always goes down well live, and we’re looking forward to seeing the choir perform live again, when circumstances allow.

The Rose

Amanda McBroom

Some say, “Love. It is a river
That drowns the tender reed”
Some say, “Love. It is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed”
Some say, “Love. It is a hunger
An endless aching need”
I say, “Love. It is a flower
And you its only seed”

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose

This song, sung by the ladies of Buckden Singers, is one of those pieces whose beauty lies in its simplicity. It is one of our most ‘requested’ pieces, full of poignancy and meaning for so many of us.

Love can be a painful process that can leave us feeling hurt and vulnerable. It can also bring great joy and happiness.

If you never take a chance you can miss out on so much and therefore those without hope are encouraged to remain optimistic.

Anne Vetch