Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson song)

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"Rose Garden"
Lynn Anderson-Rose Garden 1970 single cover.jpg
Single by Lynn Anderson
from the album Rose Garden
B-side "Nothing Between Us"
Released October 1970
Format 45 rpm, 12" 45 rpm
Recorded 1970
Genre Country, country pop
Length 2:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Joe South
Producer(s) Glenn Sutton
Lynn Anderson singles chronology
"No Love at All"
"Rose Garden"
"You're My Man"

"Rose Garden" (also known and covered as "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden") is a song written by Joe South, best known as recorded by country music singer Lynn Anderson, and first released by Billy Joe Royal in 1967. Her October 1970 release topped the U.S. Billboard country chart for five weeks, reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and hit number one on both Cash Box's and Record World's pop and country singles charts. The song was also a major pop hit internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Norway, and reaching the top three in the UK and South Africa.

Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains one of the most successful country crossover recordings of all-time.[1]

Lynn Anderson version[edit]

The Lynn Anderson single was her third release for Columbia Records in 1970, after several years of recording for Chart Records. The single proved to be the first crossover record of her career.

"Rose Garden" was originally an album cut by the song's writer, Joe South, in 1969. Several other male vocalists recorded it on albums including Freddy Weller, Billy Joe Royal, and Dobie Gray and Third Avenue Blues Band, but it was never a hit until Anderson's version. A recording by the girl group The Three Degrees, best known for their 1974 hit "When Will I See You Again", also pre-dated Lynn Anderson's hit version.

Anderson wanted to record the song but her producer (and husband) Glenn Sutton felt it was a "man's song", in part because of the line "I could promise you things like big diamond rings". According to Anderson, Sutton agreed to record the song as a potential album cut when there was time left during one of her scheduled recording sessions. After arranging a more up-tempo, light-hearted melody, Sutton and the studio musicians, which included a mandolin player, as well as a string section, were impressed with the results. Columbia Records' executive Clive Davis was equally impressed and insisted the song be released as a single in both the country and pop markets. Shortly after its breakthrough on American Top 40 radio, the song became an international hit. A cover version released by Sandie Shaw in UK failed to chart, as Anderson's version became a major success there. The song became Anderson's signature tune and one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, in any genre of music.[citation needed] Anderson won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1971, and Joe South earned two Grammy nominations: "Best Country Song" and "Song of the Year" in the pop field.

Anderson said, "I believe that 'Rose Garden' was released at just the right time. People were trying to recover from the Vietnam years. The message in the song—that if you just take hold of life and go ahead, you can make something out of nothing—people just took to that."[2]

After her Columbia heyday, Lynn Anderson recorded new performances of the song several times for post-1982 albums, including a bluegrass version that was featured in her 2004 comeback album The Bluegrass Sessions. This album earned Anderson her first Grammy nomination in over 30 years.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970–71) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 3
Finland 1
Norway 1
Australia 1
Switzerland 1
Netherlands 2
Austria 4
New Zealand 1

k.d. lang and the Reclines version[edit]

Canadian country pop group k.d. lang and the Reclines covered the song for their 1987 album Angel with a Lariat. The single was Lang's first release in the United States but failed to chart.

Chart (1987) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 45

Martina McBride version[edit]

"(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Timeless
Released August 1, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Country
Length 03:15
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Joe South
Producer(s) Martina McBride
Martina McBride singles chronology
"God's Will"
"(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden"
"I Still Miss Someone"

In 2005, Martina McBride included the song on her album of covers, Timeless. This album featured classic country songs from over the years, including "Rose Garden". The song was released as a single, peaking at 18 on the country singles charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[6] 83
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 98


Canadian synthpop band Kon Kan sampled parts of the song and its lyrics in their 1989 single "I Beg Your Pardon". The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 in the Netherlands, #8 in Germany, and #5 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed]


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Preceded by
"Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

December 26, 1970 – January 23, 1971
Succeeded by
"Flesh and Blood" by Johnny Cash
Preceded by
"Old Bill Jones" by Mercey Brothers
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

January 16, 1971
Preceded by
"Flesh and Blood" by Johnny Cash
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

February 20, 1971
Succeeded by
"Sing High, Sing Low" by Anne Murray
Preceded by
"Knock Three Times" by Dawn
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

April 5–26, 1971
Succeeded by
"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
Preceded by
"What Is Life" by George Harrison
Swiss Music Charts number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

April 13 – May 25, 1971
Succeeded by
"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
"My Sweet Lord"/"Isn't It a Pity" by George Harrison
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
(Lynn Anderson version)

15/1971 – 28/1971 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" by Middle of the Road