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Queen of the Knock​-​Out Rose

from A Wolf at the Door by Roy Peak



Written for and inspired by Debbie Hackney Peak, she who is the Queen of the Knock-Out Rose.

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Roy Peak at Radical Recording, Jacksonville, Florida.


Queen of the Knock-Out Rose

She takes her mornings
With cream and sugar
And chases it with nicotine

Her shadow is restless
She gives him a warning
Then sweeps him out the door

The garden it waits for her
Oh so patiently
For she's the queen of the knock-out rose

She’s thinking ‘bout faces
And other places and names
From oh so long ago

She dreams about flying
Deep into a bluer sky
But it always fades when she opens her eyes

She holds tight to those dreams
Like the rain clings to the leaves
Of the roses when they bloom

The garden is wet with rain
And possibilities
Just ask the queen of the knock-out rose

The clouds pass over
While the sun dances in her eyes
Just like a kaleidoscope

She takes its portrait
As it scatters away
A memory she can hold

This life is a good life
Even if sometimes it's hard
She reminds herself when the day is done

The roses are full of grace
And the sunsets are beautiful
Just like the queen of the knock-out rose
All hail the queen of the knock-out rose

Now the roses are fading
For winter is waiting
And she's down to one last cigarette

She savors the quiet
And counts all her blessings
And downs the coffee from her cup

I don’t belong to you
She says to everyone
And this day belongs to me

The garden it parts for her
As the birds watch her from the trees
There goes the queen of the knock-out rose
All hail the queen of the knock-out rose
Long live the queen of the knock-out rose

Every rose grows merry and fine

07-2018 to 08-2019


from A Wolf at the Door, released October 1, 2020
Brian Homan: pedal steel
Mark Williams: background vocals
Roy Peak: guitars, bass, percussion, lead vocals


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Roy Peak Jacksonville, Florida

Roy Peak has played electric bass in more bands than he cares to remember for more years than he can remember.
He wrote the theme song for the radio show "Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn" on WPNR-FM.

His debut album, All Is Well, has been called "A punkish folk-rock tromp through twelve songs about love, death, and birds."
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