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The Last Rose of Summer
1964 Thomas Moore, Nina Simone
Old Scottish Air.

Recording sessions
1964: New York
Is the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone

No flower of her kindred
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes
Or give sigh for sigh

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away

When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit
This bleak world alone

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)