Rosetta
Georgie Fame & Alan Price Lyrics


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Well my little girl is a sweet little girl
but she does things make your eyebrows curl:
You let her loose on a Friday night
you know it's gonna end in a fight.

Rosetta drinks her whiskey neat
she gets in a fight and she might get beat:
So I go round on the Saturday night
and ask her if she feel allright.

Rosetta are you better
are you well, well, well
Rosetta are you better
are you well well, well,
well,well well
well well, well

When Friday comes she's fine again
so we go to a club where we got friends:
Knocked on the door but we couldn't get in
'cos the boss don't want no fuss.

So we went up town and drank around
and Rosie ended on the ground
So I took her home and I put her to bed
and you can guess what I said.

Rosetta are you better
are you well, well, well
Rosetta are you better
are you well well, well,
well,well well
well well, well

Musical Interlude

Rosetta are you better
are you well, well, well
Rosetta are you better
are you well well, well,
well,well well
well well, well

Well my little girl is a sweet little girl
but she does things make your eyebrows curl:
You let her loose on a Friday night
you know it's gonna end in a fight.

Rosetta are you better
are you well, well, well
Rosetta are you better
are you well well, well,




well,well well
well well, well

Overall Meaning

The song "Rosetta" by Georgie Fame and Alan Price is a bluesy tune that tells the story of a girl named Rosetta who likes to drink whiskey and get into fights. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of the singer's wild side that often gets her in trouble, causing her concerned companion to check up on her and ask if she is alright. Despite her misadventures on Friday nights, Rosetta always seems to bounce back by the next week, and the song ends with the same questioning refrain of "Rosetta, are you better? Are you well, well, well?"


One interpretation of the lyrics is that the song is about the struggle of trying to change someone you care about. The singer loves Rosetta but worries about her drinking and wild behavior, consistently checking up on her after each episode. He wants her to be okay, and the repetition of the chorus shows his ongoing concern.


Another potential interpretation is that the song is about accepting people as they are, flaws and all. Rosetta is a little rough around the edges, but she's still a "sweet little girl" deep down. Even though her behavior sometimes causes problems, the singer still cares for her and tries to take care of her. Perhaps the chorus is less about questioning her health and more about checking in with her emotionally, making sure that she knows she is loved and wanted.


Line by Line Meaning

Well my little girl is a sweet little girl
Despite her sweet demeanor, my girlfriend has a tendency to do things that can raise eyebrows.


but she does things make your eyebrows curl:
She has some habits that can be a bit unconventional or shocking.


You let her loose on a Friday night
When she's out and about on Friday nights,


you know it's gonna end in a fight.
It's very likely that she will get into an argument or physical altercation.


Rosetta drinks her whiskey neat
Rosetta prefers to drink her whiskey without any mixers or chasers.


she gets in a fight and she might get beat:
She often gets into fights and is at risk of losing those fights.


So I go round on the Saturday night
On the following Saturday evening,


and ask her if she feel allright.
I check in on Rosetta to see how she's feeling after her altercation.


When Friday comes she's fine again
The following Friday, Rosetta is back to her normal self again.


so we go to a club where we got friends:
We head to a club where we know people.


Knocked on the door but we couldn't get in
Unfortunately, we were unable to enter the club.


'cos the boss don't want no fuss.
The owner of the club is trying to avoid any kind of trouble.


So we went up town and drank around
We decided to go elsewhere and enjoy some drinks.


and Rosie ended on the ground
Unfortunately, Rosetta ended up falling or collapsing.


So I took her home and I put her to bed
I took her back to her place and helped her get to bed.


and you can guess what I said.
It's easy to predict what my concern was for her wellbeing.


Rosetta are you better
I check in on her again.


are you well, well, well
I'm asking her if she is feeling okay, multiple times.


Musical Interlude
There is a portion of the song without lyrics.


Well my little girl is a sweet little girl
The song concludes with a repeat of the first two lines.


but she does things make your eyebrows curl:
This is reiterated to remind the listener of her behavior.


Rosetta are you better
The song's closing lines return to the concern for Rosetta's wellbeing.


are you well, well, well
Again, I'm asking if she is feeling alright multiple times.




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@garyrigby21

how come this is never ever played on oldies stations? they play everything except this! you never hear it anywhere

@peterlejewaan9189

heerlijk nummer gaat nooit vervelen!!

@paulbennett2902

Wasnt aware of this colaberation from Price and Fame until I heard it in a question on BBC Radio2 popmaster quiz. Now Im hooked on the song. Great music

@andymoore9977

They compliment each other so well. Better than Price and Burden? What a call to make.

@chrishorn855

The greatest song ever written!!!

@matthewclark9652

Never heard this song until NOW!! GREAT song!!

@henkprijs3902

Stereo in heaven.

@andrewcherry3350

Arteta are you better

@tinaoxnam593

Haven't heard this for years.

@andrewcherry3350

Substitute Rosetta for Arteta. Instant Arsenal song ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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