|Single by Gene Watson|
|from the album Paper Rosie|
|B-side||"Don't Look at Me (In That Tone of Voice)"|
|Recorded||November 18, 1976|
|Gene Watson singles chronology|
The song was later covered by American country music artist Gene Watson. Released in 1977, it was the first single from his album Paper Rosie. Watson's version peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the spring of 1977. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
The song is set at a roadside tavern and is told from the viewpoint of a person there who buys a paper rose from an elderly female vendor. Shortly thereafter, he hears the ringing of church bells and choir voices and realizes a funeral is taking place nearby. When he hears the choir singing "paper Rosie," he realizes that the funeral is for the woman who'd just sold him the rose. The song suggests that it was actually the spirit of the woman who sold him the paper flower.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||21|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||3|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
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