“Til a Tear Becomes a Rose:” A Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley Duet

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July 27, 2018

It is such a wonderful feeling to have someone who will comfort you through all the pain. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on because we cannot live this life alone. Furthermore, we need someone to share the pain we feel.

“Til a Tear Becomes a Rose”

“Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” is a love song written by Bill Rice and Sharon Vaughn for Leon Everette. Everette recorded the song for his album Where’s the Fire in 1985. Leon Everette’s recording entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 44. In addition, the song was recorded by various artists such as Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan, Jann Browne, and Rhonda Vincent.

Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan’s Version

Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan’s version of this song entered the top of the Billboard chart. “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” placed at No. 13 on the Billboard Country charts. The song was also included in Keith Whitley’s album Greatest Hits Album. The album and his duet with his wife were released in 1990 after his death. Keith and Lorrie’s duet was nominated for the Grammy Award Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1991. Furthermore, the couple’s duet made them won the CMA’s Vocal Event of the Year in 1990.

The Song’s Meaning

“Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” is a love song about having someone who will be there by your side. The narrator tells his lover that he will comfort her from all the pain she is feeling, and he will make sure that she will forget about all her troubles. The meaning of the words till each tear you cry becomes a rose is when all of her sadness will turn into happiness.

Losing Keith Whitley

This love song may have a beautiful meaning, but for Lorrie Morgan, it may be difficult because she lost the person who can be there to comfort her. Keith Whitley died in 1989 due to alcohol poisoning. Lorrie was away from her home when her husband passed away. In those times, Lorrie was starting to make a name for herself, but at the same time, she lost the love of her life. She lost the person who could comfort her and turn her tears to a rose.

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