This is a true song of the South and some might find the original
verse objectionable. Because of my military
background, I prefer the version popularized by General Hood's troops.
The first version I learned, back before TV had color, was the 'cowboy' version:
For more perspective on the legend of the song and the original Yellow Rose:
The Yellow Rose of Texas
There's a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see
Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.
She cried so when I left her, it like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her, we never more will part
She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew
You may talk about your Clementine or sing of Rosalee,
But the Yellow Rose of Texas is the only girl for me.
Oh, now I'm going to find her, for my heart is full of woe
We'll do the things together we did so long ago
We'll play the banjo gaily, she'll love me like before
And the Yellow Rose of Texas shall be mine forevermore!
Here is Michael Marting Murphy's version, and he is into preserving old western songs
There' a yellow rose in TX that I am going to see.
No other cowboy knows her, no other only me.
She cried so when I left her, it like to broke her heart.
And if we ever meer agin, we never more will part.
She's the sweetest rose of color this cowboy ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew.
You may talk about your dearest maids and sing of Rosalee,
but the Yellow rose of Texsas beat the belles of Tennessee.
Where the Rio Grand is flowing, and stars are shining bright.
We walked along together on a quiet summer night.
She said "If you remember when we parted long ago,
you promised to come back again and never leave me so.
In the CD cover it says "Dating from the era of the Texas revolution is this song about Texas Heroine Emily D. West, mulatto sove bound to Colonel James Morgan, whose plantation borderd the San Jacinto River. The defeat of the Mexican Army was directly connected with General Santa Anna's preoccupation with this domestic girl."
And I am not even an "Old Texan" Audrey Jensen