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Mama Liked the Roses

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(Christopher)

 

Information:
Johnny Christopher wrote Mama Liked the Roses for Elvis, who recorded it on January 16, 1969, at American Sound Studios. One of the backing vocalists was Sandy Posey. Elviss single release, paired with The Wonder of You, reached #9 on Billboards Hot 100 chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

 

Lyrics:
 

Oh, mama liked the roses, she grew 'em in the yard
But winter always came around and made the growing way too hard
Oh, mama liked the roses and when she had the time
She'd decorate the living room for all us kids to see


When I hear the Sunday bells ringing in the morning
I remember crying when she used to sing
Oh, mama liked the roses but most of all she cared
About the way we learned to live and if we said our prayers

You know, I kept the family Bible
With a rose that she saved inside
Its pressed between the pages
Like it found a place to hide

Oh, mama liked the roses in such a special way
We bring them every Mother's Day
And put them on her grave
Oh, mama liked the roses, mmmm
Mama liked the roses

Oh, mama liked the roses, mmmm
Mama liked the roses...

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on single 

 

Singles:

- The Wonder of You / Mama Liked the Roses (RCA 47-9835) May 1970. Standard release

- The Wonder of You / Mama Liked the Roses (RCA 447-0676) August 1971. Gold standard series reissue.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Christmas Album (1970)
- Elvis Christmas Album (1975)

Pickwick Pack (1978)

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979)

- The Memphis Record (1987)

- From Nashville to Memphis The Essential 60s Masters (1993)

- Ballads (1999)

- Suspicious Minds (1999)

- Its Christmas Time (2000)

- White Christmas (2000)

- From Elvis in Memphis; Moody Blue; Promised Land (2001)

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD

From Elvis at American Sound Studios (2013) - FTD

American Sound 1969 (2019) - FTD

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