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The song Every Rose has its Thorn by Poison appears to be talking about the disappointment of loss of love. During the chorus it appears to be talking about negative aspects of this:

Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn

But the middle allusion is commonly considered a positive, night being negative and dawn signaling the end of the night.

Is this another negative, and if so why? If it’s not negative, what is the purpose of this phrase in this sequence of allusions?

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Personal interpretation

The night is seen as somewhow positive since it symbolises the last time where the lovers spend time together.

The first verse says:

We both lie silently still
In the dead of the night
Although we both lie close together
We feel miles apart inside

It seems that they spend their last night together and at dawn they decided to break up, so dawn is associated with the separation.

I know I could have saved a love that night
If I'd known what to say
Instead of makin' love
We both made our separate ways

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