Did you know that at least one of the members of Norah Jones’ band is a Deadhead? It’s true. She’s worked It Must Have Been The Roses into her setlist recently. There are even some nifty videos on youtube, including this one with Bobby sitting in on the song!
As far as Jerry ballads go, this one is pretty high on the list for me. The chorus is just a great singalong and I find it stuck in my head all the time, even if I haven’t listened to the song in a while. That’s typically the hallmark of a quality song right there.
The song appeared on Jerry Garcia’s 1976 solo album Reflections, but the Dead started playing it in 1974. They played it a total of 159 times, so not a ton, and only around 9 times with both Bruce and Vince so this is a bit of a rarity in that sense. For me the extra keys add a ton to the song and make it that much better.