Spanish Rose

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"Spanish Rose"
Spanish Rose Netherlands cover.jpg
Netherlands single cover
Single by Van Morrison
from the album Blowin' Your Mind!
B-side"Midnight Special" (US)
"Who Drove the Red Sportscar" (Netherlands)
Recorded29 March 1967
StudioA & R, New York City
GenrePop rock, Latin rock
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Bert Berns
Van Morrison singles chronology
"Ro Ro Rosey"
"Spanish Rose"
"Come Running"

"Spanish Rose" is a song written by Van Morrison that was written and recorded for Bang Records owner and producer Bert Berns and released on his 1967 album Blowin' Your Mind! and several subsequent compilation albums. It was also released as one of the follow up singles to "Brown Eyed Girl" and reached #18 in the Netherlands.

Writing and recording[]

"Spanish Rose" was written and recorded for Bang Records owner and producer Bert Berns on 29 March 1967.[1][2][3] Morrison and Berns clashed during these sessions as Berns wanted Morrison to record more commercial music resembling Brill Building hits like "Spanish Rose" while Morrison wanted to record more challenging music like "T.B. Sheets."[3]

Music and lyrics[]

Several commentators have described the song has having a Spanish or Latin music feel.[2][3][4] More specifically, music critic Johnny Rogan describes it has having a flamenco style.[5] The song incorporates Spanish guitar, marimbas and a "two-step Latin rhythm." Allmusic critic Matthew Greenwald notes similarities to "Brown Eyed Girl" in that "Spanish Rose" also uses a three chord melody and lyrics that present a "remembrance of romance past, including names, times, and locations."[2] Morrison biographer Peter Mills sees a resemblance to Ben E. King's hit single written by Brill Building composer Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector, "Spanish Harlem."[3]


Greenwald assessed "Spanish Rose" as being possibly Morrison's last safe, commercial AM radio-style song before moving on to the more FM radio-oriented material that he became known for.[2] Rolling Stone Album Guide contributor Paul Evans stated that while "Spanish Rose" is not as memorable and "Brown Eyed Girl," it has a "catchy perfection that most bands never achieve."[6] In his review of Blowin' Your Mind! in 1995, Entertainment Weekly critic Bob Cannon stated that "Spanish Rose" had "held up better than the album’s tie-dyed title."[7] On the other hand, Morrison biographer Erik Hage regarded the song as being "downright poor."[4]

"Spanish Rose" was re-released as a single in 1971 and reached #18 on the charts in the Netherlands.[8] It has also been re-released on several Morrison compilation albums, including The Essential Van Morrison in 2015 as well as many compilations covering the Bang Records sessions.[2][9]


  1. ^ Heylin, Clinton (2004). Can You Feel the Silence?. Chicago Review Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-1556525421.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Greenwald, Matthew. "Spanish Rose". Allmusic. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Mills, Peter (2010). Hymns to the Silence: Inside the Words and Music of Van Morrison. Continuum. pp. 90–93. ISBN 978-0826429766.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Hage, Erik (2009). The Words and Music of Van Morrison. Praeger. p. 33. ISBN 978-0313358623.
  5. ^ Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison: No Surrender. Random House. p. 204. ISBN 978-0099431831.
  6. ^ Evans, Paul (1992). DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James (eds.). Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd, abridged ed.). Straight Arrow. p. 197. ISBN 0679737294.
  7. ^ Cannon, Bob (February 10, 1995). "Blowin' Your Mind". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  8. ^ "Van Morrison - Spanish Rose". Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Essential Van Morrison". Allmusic. Retrieved 2020-08-12.

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