Roses in the Hospital

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"Roses in the Hospital"
UK 12" vinyl single
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Gold Against the Soul
Released 20 September 1993
Format CD, vinyl record (7"/12"), cassette
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 5:02
Label Epic
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)"
"Roses in the Hospital"
"Life Becoming a Landslide EP"

"Roses in the Hospital" was the third single taken from the Manic Street Preachers' second album, Gold Against the Soul. It was released in September 1993.

Reaching #15 in the UK charts,[1] it would prove to be the highest charting single from any of the group's first three albums (their cover of "Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)" had reached #7 the previous year, but it was not featured on any album). Sales of the single were helped by the band's appearance supporting Bon Jovi at the Milton Keynes Bowl on 18 August 1993.

The line "we don't want your fucking love" was excised from the radio edit of the song, being replaced by a reiteration of the title. The song's closing refrain of "Forever, ever delayed" would eventually give rise to the title for the band's greatest hits compilation (Forever Delayed), an album on which "Roses in the Hospital" itself would not make an appearance.

At the end of the song James Dean Bradfield can also be heard singing the line "Rudi gonna fail", a reference to "Rudie Can't Fail", a song by The Clash from their seminal album London Calling. The Manics have cited The Clash as one of the key influences on their sound.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Roses in the Hospital" (7" version) – 4:15
  2. "Us Against You" – 3:19
  3. "Donkeys" – 3:10
  4. "Wrote for Luck" (Happy Mondays cover) – 2:42


  1. "Roses in the Hospital" (O G Psychovocal mix) (Remixed by Ashley Beedle)
  2. "Roses in the Hospital" (O G Psychomental mix) (Remixed by Ashley Beedle)
  3. "Roses in the Hospital" (51 Funk Salute mix) (Remixed by Ashley Beedle)
  4. "Roses in the Hospital" (Filet-o-Gang mix) (Remixed by Charlie Smith and John Davis)
  5. "Roses in the Hospital" (ECG mix) (Remixed by Charlie Smith and John Davis)
  6. "Roses in the Hospital" (album version)

7" / MC[edit]

  1. "Roses in the Hospital" (7" version)
  2. "Us Against You"
  3. "Donkeys"


Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 15
UK Top 40
Week 01 02