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    Nefertiti is offline Member
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    Hi there.


    " I never promised you a rose garden."
    1. Does a 'rose garden' have a special meaning? Why not a daisy garden etc.?

    " When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live,
    Or let go."
    2. Please explain the quote. What does 'let live' mean? Is it a common usage?

    "But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover."
    3. Please explain the quote. What is 'on stalks of clover'? It a common usage?

    " I would give you the world right now on a silver platter,"
    4. Is 'on a silver platter' an idiom? What does it mean?

    " Love shouldn't be so melancholy."
    5. Is 'melancholy' commonly known word?

    Thanks in advance.





    still waters run deep (from dictionary.com)
    A person's calm exterior often conceals great depths of character, just as the deepest streams can have the smoothest surfaces.

    melancholy (from Cambridge)
    adjective
    sad:
    melancholy autumn days
    a melancholy piece of music

    jolly (HAPPY) (from Cambridge)
    adjective
    happy and cheerful:
    a jolly smile/manner/mood
    She's a very jolly, upbeat sort of a person.

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    The Song Lynn Anderson, Rose Garden Lyrics

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    Rose gardens are difficult in cold climates and have a short blooming season. So, yes it is special in many places.

    "live and let live" - expression indicating you should pay attention to your own affairs and leave other people to live as they please.

    "Stalks of clover" - not a common expression, but most people are familiar with the clover plant as it grows in many places. Probably used to indicate difference in roses (big, showy blooms in many colors) and clover (small, usually white flowers that are not very noticeable.

    "on a sliver platter" - served in style! So much nicer than a plain dish.

    "melancholy" - made popular by the 1930's song "My Melancholy Baby" fairly well known among Americans.

    Good way too learn vocabulary by listening to songs> more fun, too.
    Good luck with English
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    hi am newbie here!...i thought this forum talks about gardening and stuff but i was wrong this forum is an english language forum...well i just want to say:

    Rose are red, violets are blue
    Love never crossed my mind until the day that I met you

    Roses are red, violets are blue
    When Iím with you my heart feel brand new

    Roses are red, violets are blue
    At times when Iím blind I could only still see you

    Roses are red, violets are blue
    When I have nothing else to look forward for I still have you

    Roses are red, violets are blue
    When thinking of love, itís like thinking of you

    Roses are re, violets are blue
    Iíll save my last dance only to dance with you

    this is one of my favorite poems....

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    " I never promised you a rose garden."
    1. Does a 'rose garden' have a special meaning? Why not a daisy garden etc.?


    People have lots of different gardens, but if you're going to have one dedicated to only one kind of flower, it's going to be a rose garden. Roses are by far the best-loved flower (in Britain and the US anyway), and there are thousands of varieties. So the expression means "I never promised you that life was going to be a place of pure pleasure, beauty, tranquility etc. (like a rose garden is)
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    " When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live,
    Or let go."
    2. Please explain the quote. What does 'let live' mean? Is it a common usage?


    Yes, it's common to hear or say "live and let live." It means "I'll live my life and go about my business, and I'll let you do the same." It indicates a desire not to interfere with others and not to be interfered with.
    - "Leave me alone just as I leave you alone."
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    " Love shouldn't be so melancholy."
    5. Is 'melancholy' commonly known word?


    "Melancholy" is a word that everyone would understand (if not use in ordinary conversation) because it's embedded in two cultural standards:

    - the most common sobriquet for Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark is "The Melancholy Dane"

    - the old torch song "Melancholy Baby"
    Come to me, my melancholy baby.
    Cuddle up and don't be blue.
    YouTube - Priscilla Lane - "Melancholy Baby"

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