18 Yellow Roses
Bobby Darin Lyrics


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Eighteen yellow roses came today
Eighteen yellow roses in a pretty bouquet
When the boy came to the door
I didn't know what to say
But eighteen yellow roses came today
I opened up the card to see what it said
I couldn't believe my eyes
When I had read
Though you belong to another I love you anyway
Yes eighteen yellow roses came today
I never doubted your love for a minute
I always thought that you would be true
But now this box and the flowers in it
I guess there's nothin' left for me to do
But ask to meet the boy that's done this thing
And find out if he's got plans to buy you a ring
'Cause eighteen yellow roses will wilt and die one day




But a father's love will never fade away
Will never fade away

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Bobby Darin's song "18 Yellow Roses" tell the story of a man who receives a bouquet of 18 yellow roses at his doorstep. Upon opening the card, he discovers that they are from someone who loves him, even though he belongs to someone else. The man is unsure of what to do or say, but he admits that he never doubted his partner's love for him. He is heartbroken when he realizes that there is nothing left for him to do but meet the man who sent the flowers and find out if he has intentions of buying her a ring. The lyrics remind us of the transience of material gifts, but the lasting nature of a father's love.


The song explores themes of love, loyalty, and heartbreak, as well as the delicate balance between desire and commitment. The man in the song is caught between his desire for his partner, and his loyalty to the person he is committed to. The symbolism of the 18 yellow roses is also significant, as yellow roses traditionally represent friendship, joy, and new beginnings. However, in this context, they also represent the fragility of relationships, and the inevitability of their decline.


Line by Line Meaning

Eighteen yellow roses came today
A total of eighteen yellow roses were delivered today


Eighteen yellow roses in a pretty bouquet
These roses are arranged beautifully in a bouquet


When the boy came to the door
A boy delivered these flowers


I didn't know what to say
The recipient was at a loss of words upon receiving the flowers


But eighteen yellow roses came today
Despite being speechless, the recipient is noting the number of roses they received


I opened up the card to see what it said
The recipient looked inside the accompanying card


I couldn't believe my eyes
The recipient was in disbelief about what they were reading


When I had read
After the card had been read


Though you belong to another I love you anyway
The sender of the flowers admits they know the recipient is in a relationship but still has feelings for them


Yes eighteen yellow roses came today
Reiteration of the amount and color of the flowers received


I never doubted your love for a minute
The recipient believed their partner loved them unconditionally


I always thought that you would be true
The recipient had been confident in the loyalty of their partner


But now this box and the flowers in it
The flowers and their delivery have now cast doubts on their partner's fidelity


I guess there's nothin' left for me to do
The recipient feels that there is no course of action left for them to take


But ask to meet the boy that's done this thing
They will inquire about the delivery person's intentions with their partner


And find out if he's got plans to buy you a ring
The recipient wants to know if their partner intends to propose


'Cause eighteen yellow roses will wilt and die one day
The recipient is unsure of the longevity of their current relationship due to the delivery of the flowers


But a father's love will never fade away
The recipient's father's love is unconditional and will endure beyond any romantic relationship




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BOBBY DARIN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Wolfhoundersful

Eighteen yellow roses came today
Eighteen yellow roses in a pretty bouquet
When the boy came to the door
I didn't know what to say
But eighteen yellow roses came today

I opened up the card
To see what it said
I couldn't believe my eyes
When I had read
Though you belong to another
I love you anyway
Yes eighteen yellow roses came today

I never doubted your love for a minute
I always thought that you would be true
But now this box and the flowers in it
I guess there's nothing left for me to do
But ask to meet the boy
That's done this thing
And find out if he's got plans
To buy you a ring

Cuz eighteen yellow roses
Will wilt and die one day
But a fathers love, will never fade away
Will never fade away



All comments from YouTube:

@Montealto09

One of my most precious memories of my childhood is of my Dad dancing in our living room to this song with me in his arms, when I was a little girl. I remember him singing along and smiling as we danced.

When I got a few years older I used to stand on his feet instead, as he danced with me. He's been gone for 36 years now, but I still miss him just as much today, as I did when he passed.
Love you Dad. ❤

@brucei8767

I sang this song at my oldest daughter's wedding. Never got through it EVER without crying.

@patriciasoebagio1035

Here come the tears already...
bless your heart & soul, Mr Bobby Darin

@deejaysilver9

"But a father's love will never fade away..."
Just another reason to love this song.

@oldermusiclover

very true

@Patienthost

My father left this record to my mother, he took off for good, found 2 weeks later shot in his car. I was 2-years-old, only daughter. My 2 brothers, were age 3 & 1.

@sydneywest7962

One of the great song of my time just loveits

@williamhealy2401

❤ this is to my 2 beautiful daughters it's a song to his daughter it's a beautiful song I only heard last night for the first time last night, and I have loved Bobby Darin for over 60 years.

@patriciasoebagio1035

Some treasures take a longer time to discover, but that just makes them all the more precious.This is one of his most cherished, imho

@MarioMartinez-rs8uv

I love this melody with all my heart.

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