"I Threw Away the Rose" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in February 1967 as the first single from the album Branded Man. The song peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles. In 1994 Lorrie Morgan recorded a version of the song which replaced the "I" in the lyrics with "you", changing it from a self-referential song to a song about some one else, for the Merle Haggard tribute album "Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute To Merle Haggard".