Loosely based on Janis Joplin, The Rose is a drama about a self-destructive 1960's rock star. Bette Midler played the title role of Rose, whose "sex, drugs and rock & roll" lifestyle, combined with constant touring and loneliness caused a breakdown. This was Bette's acting debut, and she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed
Its the heart afraid of breaking, that never learns to dance
Its the dream afraid of waking, that never takes a chance
Its the one that won't be taking, that cannot seem to give
It's the one afraid of dying, that never learns to live
When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose.