Glossary entry for
The phrase "days of wine and roses" is originally from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis"
by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867-1900).
days of wine and roses
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes,
Within a dream.
Another Van-list member suggests that Van may be referring to
the 1962 motion
picture of the same name, about an alcoholic couple and how the
bottle dominates and ultimately destroys their lives. On A Night in San
Francisco, Van uses the line "Lead me through the days of wine and roses,
one sweet day at a time" - which combines the line with the recovering
alcoholic's mantra, perhaps strengthening that interpretation.
Van references in:
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