This is the first video in my new series where I take a look at the story behind some great songs of the past and present. Today, we look at the story behind Poison's 80's classic power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".

What inspired Bret Michaels to write the ultimate break-up song? Well, it involves a laundromat, a payphone and a cheating girlfriend.

From 1988, here's the entire video of Poison's only #1 hit song.