I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)

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"I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)"
Single by Lee Greenwood
from the album Streamline
B-side "Same Old Song"
Released July 1985
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label MCA
Writer(s) Jan Buckingham
Linda Young
Producer(s) Jerry Crutchfield
Lee Greenwood singles chronology
"Dixie Road"
"I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)"
"Don't Underestimate My Love for You"

"I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)" is a song written by Jan Buckingham and Linda Young and recorded by American country music artist Lee Greenwood. It was released in July 1985 as the lead single from the album Streamline. The song was Lee Greenwood's fourth number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the country chart.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 144. 
Preceded by
"Too Much on My Heart"
by The Statler Brothers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 7, 1985
Succeeded by
"Nobody Falls Like a Fool"
by Earl Thomas Conley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"The Chair"
by George Strait