I was today’s years old when I learned that Seals’ song ‘Kissed by a rose’ was all about cocaine, and it all makes sense now.
There has been much speculation as to the meaning of “Kiss From A Rose” – many think it has something to do with drugs, while others hear it as an expression of love or a journey to the afterlife.
Seal has never explained what the song is about, offering only that there was “some kind of relationship that inspired the lyrics.”
The lyrics have set off a debate on social media, with people giving their take on what he was saying.
Some some views below:
Great song. Love it! But, it’s not about love, it’s about drugs.
” … when it snows, my eyes become large and the light that you shine can’t be seen”
“You remain my power, my pleasure, my pain”
It’s a song about cocaine, not se3.
Seal wrote this song sometime around 1988. Another wrote
“But did you know that when it snows
My eyes become large, and the light that you shine can be seen?”
Well. I’ll be damned.
One gentleman has really thought about it in the comments below:
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
It’s a love song, and a dirty one at that.
“Grey” = p*nis
“Rose” = lips (as in, a woman’s red lips)
Hence, he’s comparing his lover (whom he apparently admires greatly) to a “kiss” from a “rose” on the “grey.”
All the so-called drug references are just lyrical abstractions and double meanings. What Seal is saying is that his girlfriend is the best, the greatest, the s33iest thing in the world – that makes him feel as good.
The part about a rose had this person in awe
Not to come across too cheeky or crass, but this song is about a West African man getting his first taste of the coveted, foreign, mysterious, taboo white woman. (From an African man’s persepctive–not universally–specifically, a black man’s perspective). She unexpectedly and absolutely blows his mind–and other things, I’m sure–and he refers to the experience of her as a drug. He’s hooked to her like an addict.
The same is said of black men from the perspective of white women who experience their first BBC. They say it can be Earth shattering.
Amazing how such contrasts can magnetize so powerfully!
Just to add to my take on it – Rose and snow are both slang (not just metaphors) for amphetamines. These would have been common use in drug culture in London at the time.
What do you think? Are people reading too much into it?
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