The country music superstar joins forces with a widely-talented singer and actress for a performance of one of 1980's biggest hits.
"The Rose" was originally written by Amanda McBroom in the late '70s at her manager's suggestion to achieve a particular sound. Nearly 20 years later, two of the decade's biggest artists take the song to new heights in a VH1 Honors show.
Wynonna Judd, one half of country duo, The Judds, had just embarked on her solo performing career and had just seen her single "To Be Loved By You" hit the No. 1 chart position the year before, and its album, Revelations, chart at No. 2.
Judd and Bette Midler, world-renowned singer, actress, Broadway performer, and comedian, take the stage for the second time in two years at the ceremony.
The crowd is drawn into silence by their graceful and seemingly angelic voices tip-toeing across the verses and delivering a resounding chorus with the non-traditional song structure.
Of the piece's unique styling, McBroom says in Bette Midler: Still Divine , "'The Rose' is...just one verse repeated three times. When I finished it, I realized it doesn't have a bridge or a hook, but I couldn't think of anything to [add]."
Watch these two stunning artists dazzle the crowd with their duet of "The Rose" in the video below.
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.
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