Why I wrote 8 Million Roses
“The song follows the story of a young tourist in London who falls in love in with a palace guard, and the fatal consequences of that love.
I was inspired to write 8 Million Roses after reading an article about a man who was walking along the Thames, minding his own business, when he came across a group of women throwing red roses into the river.
When he asked them what they were doing, they explained that they were throwing the roses to mark the number of innocent lives lost to abortion on a single working day in England; a parallel to the image of the poppies pouring over the Tower of London in remembrance of the 888,246 lives lost to WW1.
There were 800 roses in the river that day.
What would 8 million roses look like?”