Written by Shirly Lyn/Carl Smith/Carl Story
This great honky tonk tune, teaches a lesson of life as most country songs do. It was recorded by Mickey Gilley in the key of G. I play bass guitar, so I put in the places for the bass walk-ups to the next chord. In Nashville numbering the chords are 1=G, 4=C, 5=D. G G C G (walk to 1) The orchid is a flower that blooms so tenderly. G G D7 D (walkup 5 to 1) It thrills the fairest lady of the land. G G G (walk 1-4) If placed beside a blushing rose, C G The rose could not compare. G D7 G G (walk to 1) But how was such as I, to understand. chorus G G (walk 1-4) C G I overlooked an orchid while searching for a rose. G G D7 D (walk 5 to 1) The orchid that I overlooked was you. G G (walk 1-4) C G The rose that I was searching for has proved to be untrue. G D7 G (walk to 1) The orchid that I find my dear was you. Instrumental G D G G (walk to 1) G G (walk 1-4) C G The rose has lost its color, but the orchid stays the same. G G D7 D(walk 5-1) And I?m alone to face these lonely years. G G (walk 1-4) C G I didn?t see the orchid, I was looking for a rose. G D7 G G (walk to 1) And now I pay the price with bitter tears. chorus So get the CD and start playing along. New bass players, I play the walkups this way. Walk 1-4 1,2,3,4, so in G its G,A,B,C. Walk 5-1 5,4,3,2, so D,C,B,A. Walk to 1, on the D string, D,E,F# and G on 4th string, 5,6,7,8 or 1.