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The Yellow Rose of Texas

The tune was first published in 1853 by an author identified only as "J.K." It was a popular Confederate marching song during the War Between the States. In 1955 the song became a hit record by Mitch Miller. The song was also the theme music for the 1957 TV series The Gray Ghost. The series starred Tod Andrews as Major John Singleton Mosby, a daring Confederate soldier. Mosby was a young lawyer who joined the Forty-third Battalion of the First Virginia Cavalry. He organized an effective guerilla unit.

Lyrics

A Yellow Rose

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.

Chorus

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 and sing of Rosa Lee
But the Yellow Rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

Where the Rio Grande is flowin', and starry skies are bright
She walks along the river in the quiet summer night
I know that she remembers when we parted long ago
I promised to return and not to leave her so.

Oh, now I'm gonna 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.

Video

Mitch Miller probably has the best-known rendition of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." The lyrics differ somewhat from version to version, but the differences are not substantial. The words to the left represent the way Mitch Miller and the Gang sang the song. Click the screen or the triangle at the bottom left to start the song.

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