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Blue Rosebuds is a song by The Residents, from their 1978 EP Duck Stab!

Background

The song features an argument between a couple, with one abrasively insulting the other, who laments that he feels blue. It was recorded in October of 1977 and was released in February of 1978 on the Duck Stab EP. The song features Snakefinger as a key collaborator, in an unknown way.


It was first re-recorded in 1992 for the 'Our Finest Flowers' album. This version, re-titled 'Blue Tongues' has slightly different lyrics and incorporates the drum beat from Smelly Tongues. It features a longer intro, slower vocal delivery, a shortened instrumental break, and cuts the final verse.


In 2001, The song was performed live for the first time, as part of the 'Icky Flix' tour, as a duet between Molly Harvey and Mr. Skull. This version cuts the guitar solo down slightly and is played in a much faster tempo. In 2007, a remix of the track was released through The Residents' MySpace page. This version was later collected in the 2009 CD, 'RMX'. The RMX version is a remix of Blue Tongues. It features overdubbed drums and guitar, and has been sped up . Another remix of the track featured on the 2009 'Dog Tag' single. The DogTag version is again based on Blue Tongues, features keyboard and drum overdubs, and completely cuts the final verse.


In 2010 a seemingly unrelated track titled 'PinkRoseBuds' was released on the rarities & outtakes compilation 'Beautiful Eyes'. It wasn't until the full version of this track was released on the 2012 D*ck S*ab 25th anniversary album that it was revealed as a demo re-recording of Rosebuds.

It was subsequently featured on the 2014-2016 'Shadowland' tour, in a faster tempo, featuring a new longer intro. It later appeared on the I Am A Resident CD as part of the Hello Duck Stab suite, and on the LP version in a cover by shidt!.

In 2021, the song was included in the Duck Stab Alive TV Special, and subsequently featured in the September 2021 Dog Stab live performances.[1]

Lyrics

I love you and cause I do
My skies have changed
From grey to blue.
But blue's not just
A color of the rainbow.
It's shade is not a hazy hue
But pure and hard
My blue sky blue
It's like a Roman candle
Coming rosebuds.
"Your words are empty hollow bleatings
Of a mental crutch.
They're open festered indigestion
With a velvet touch
An ether eating Eskimo
Would gag upon your sight,
Convulsed into oblivion
from laughter or from fright.
A coma with a sweet aroma
Is your only dream,
Malignant with the
misconception
That a grunt can gleam.
Your lichen covered corpuscles
Are filthy as a fist.
Infection is your finest flower
Mildewed in the mist."
I love you and cause I do
My skies have changed
From grey to blue.
But blue's not just
A color of the rainbow.
It's shade is not a hazy hue
But pure and hard
My blue sky blue
It's like a Roman candle
Coming rosebuds.
Blue Rosebuds.

Credits

Opinion

There is the silky, seductive, and murky aspect which appears on "Blue Rosebuds" where the music creates a supporting liquid background upon which the lyrics float. - Uncle Willie

Appearances

Versions

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1977 Studio Version (3:11)
  2. 2.0 2.1 1992 'Blue Tongues' Version (3:42)
  3. 2007 'RMX' Version (3:24)
  4. 2009 'Dogtag' Remix (2:58)
  5. 2001 Live Version (3:03)
  6. 2010 'PinkRoseBuds' Edited Version (2:04)
  7. 2010 'PinRoseBuds' Full Version (4:02)
  8. 8.0 8.1 2014 Live Version (3:10)
  9. 2017 'Shidt!' Version (3:22)



Duckstab-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab! EP
(1978)

Side A:
"Laughing Song" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Constantinople"

Side B:
"The Booker Tease" · "Sinister Exaggerator · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

Personnel
The Residents · Snakefinger

Related works
Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab Alive!

Related articles
Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · Grove St. studio · Pore No Graphics · Graeme Whifler

Duckbuster-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen
(1978)

Side A: Duck Stab!
"Constantinople" · "Sinister Exaggerator" · "The Booker Tease" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Laughing Song" · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

Side B: Buster & Glen
"Lizard Lady" · "Semolina" · "Birthday Boy" · "Weight-Lifting Lulu" · "Krafty Cheese" · "Hello Skinny" · "The Electrocutioner"

Personnel
The Residents · Snakefinger · Ruby

Related works
Duck Stab! EP · "Soulful Sax" · "Ow Boutthat" · "When Johnny Comes Marching" · "Unlisted" · "Santa Dog '78" · "Guylum Bardot '78" · "Hello Skinny" video · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab! Alive!

Related articles
Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · Grove St. studio · Pore No Graphics · Graeme Whifler · Eskimo · "Satisfaction" · Not Available · The Rick & Ruby Show‏‏‎

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