Eleven Roses

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"Eleven Roses"
Single by Hank Williams, Jr.
from the album Eleven Roses
B-side Richmond Valley Breeze
Released March 1972
Format 7"
Recorded December 9, 1971
Genre Country
Length 2:40
Label MGM K 14371
Writer(s) Lamar Morris and Darrell McCall
Producer(s) Jim Vienneau
Hank Williams, Jr. singles chronology
"After All, They Used to Belong to Me"
(with Henry Mancini)
(1971)
"Eleven Roses"
(1972)
"Pride's Not Hard to Swallow"
(1972)

"Eleven Roses" is a song written by Lamar Morris and Darrell McCallm and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams Jr.. It was released in March 1972 as the only single and title track from the album of the same name. The song became Williams' first number one on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in July 1972, spending two weeks atop the chart. The song spent 14 weeks on the Hot Country Singles chart's top 40.[1]

Content[edit]

The song—recorded in the countrypolitan vein, and much different than Williams' later recordings—is a ballad about a man who gives his girlfriend a bouquet of 11 roses. The boyfriend, apparently repentant and remorseful for wrongs that he did to her ("after what I've done you may not keep my roses"), then asks her to look into the mirror while clutching the bouquet, hoping that she'll find that "the 12th rose will be staring back at you."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 389. 
Preceded by
"That's Why I Love You Like I Do"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 1-July 8, 1972
Succeeded by
"Made in Japan"
by Buck Owens
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 15, 1972
Succeeded by
"Reach Out Your Hand (And Touch Somebody)"
by Tammy Wynette