Singled Out: Finding Jupiter's Roses
"Roses" was written in the midst of the most ridiculous lesbian drama you could ever imagine. You'll have to get me a bit drunk before I reveal all the juicy details, but I'll tell you this: it was filled with love, lies, tears, and multiple unfriendings on Facebook. I TOLD YOU - s*** got real.
I had just fallen for a girl like I had never fallen before. Not only was I madly in love, but for some strange reason she was madly in love with me too. Since lesbian communities are usually pretty small, chances are that anyone you start to date has dated someone else you know. Due to this complexity of lesbian communities, there was a ton of backlash in our group of friends and ex's once we started dating. It actually got really intense -- like reality TV intense. All I can tell you is that my heart rate never dropped below 120 that month.
The first verse and the choruses in "Roses" are a celebration of this incredible new love I had found. "Roses, oh, you know what I mean, pull me across to your sea." I felt like this amazing love wasjust rushing over me, and I couldn't get enough. The chorus embodies this sort of explosive love by dropping down in intensity at the beginning only to go all out musically a couple of measures later.
The second verse speaks to all the drama that ensued, and the blind, unabashed judgment I was getting from so many. The second verse was me trying to ignore all the haters and just embrace the best part of the situation – this beautiful person I now had in my life.
The bridge is chaotic – exactly how I felt at the time. Dean (guitar), Peter (bass), and Taylor (drums) embody this feeling so perfectly. Taylor is going crazy in his drum solo, while Dean builds the bridge to a breaking point with his ridiculous guitar solo. When the song hits its peak, Peter's signature bass line brings it back to a sort of anxious calm. Lyrically, the bridge ends with an understanding and acceptance of the insanity – a calm after the storm.
I finally came to a point where I understood that we were all just following our human instincts, whether it was hatred, envy, desire, or love. Like they say, "all is fair in love and war."
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!