Give My Love to Rosie
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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I found him by the railroad track this morning
I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dying fellow said

He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco
For ten long years I've paid for what I've done
I was trying to get back to Louisiana
To see my Rose and get to know my son

Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Won't you tell them I said thanks for waiting for me
Tell my boy to help his mom at home
Tell my Rose to try to find another
'Cause it ain't right that she should live alone

Mister here's a bag with all my money
It won't last them long the way it goes
God bless you for finding me this morning
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes




Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Johnny Cash's "Give My Love to Rose" tell the story of a man who has just been released from prison after serving ten years for a crime he committed. The man is headed back to Louisiana, where his wife and son have been waiting for him. Unfortunately, he is dying by the railroad tracks, and he knows that he won't make it to see his family again. He asks the singer to pass along his love to his wife and son, along with some money for his wife to buy some new clothes.


The man's dying wish is for his loved ones to know that he was proud of his son and to find another partner because he doesn't want his wife to live alone. The lyrics convey a sense of sadness and regret, as the man knows that he has missed out on many years with his family and that he won't have the chance to make things right.


The song is a poignant reminder of the importance of family and the consequences of our actions. It also speaks to the power of love and the desire to keep loved ones close even when it's impossible.


Line by Line Meaning

I found him by the railroad track this morning
The singer encounters a dying man, who was found by the railroad


I could see that he was nearly dead
The dying man was in a precarious condition


I knelt down beside him and I listened
The singer approached the man and paid attention to what he was saying


Just to hear the words the dying fellow said
The artist was attentive to the last words of the dying man


He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco
The dying man reveals that he was recently released from Frisco Prison


For ten long years I've paid for what I've done
The dying man served a ten-year sentence for his crimes


I was trying to get back to Louisiana
The dying man was attempting to return home to Louisiana


To see my Rose and get to know my son
The dying man had a wife named Rose and a son he wanted to spend time with


Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
The dying man asks the artist to pass on his love to his wife


Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
The dying man gives the artist his money and asks him to give it to his wife for her to buy nice clothes


Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
The dying man wants the singer to tell his son that he is proud of him


And don't forget to give my love to Rose
The dying man reiterates his request to pass on his love to his wife


Won't you tell them I said thanks for waiting for me
The dying man expresses gratitude to his family for waiting for him


Tell my boy to help his mom at home
The dying man asks the singer to tell his son to help his mother at home


Tell my Rose to try to find another
The dying man encourages his wife to move on and find another partner


'Cause it ain't right that she should live alone
The dying man believes that it is not fair for his wife to live alone


Mister here's a bag with all my money
The dying man hands over his money to the artist


It won't last them long the way it goes
The dying man remarks that the money won't last his family very long


God bless you for finding me this morning
The dying man expresses gratitude to the singer for finding him


And don't forget to give my love to Rose
The dying man reminds the artist to pass on his love to his wife


Give my love to Rose please won't you, Mister
The dying man once again asks the artist to give his love to his wife


Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
The dying man repeats his request to give his money to his wife to buy nice clothes


Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him
The dying man reminds the singer to tell his son that he is proud of him


And don't forget to give my love to Rose
The dying man once again asks the artist to pass on his love to his wife




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHNNY R. CASH

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I know my way is rough and steep
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I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I'm only goin' over home

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I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
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When I get to that good land
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I’ll see his face no more to roam
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